Confusion at the face of battle: an interview with Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly KBE, CB, DSO (In retrospect)

Accession Number F04837
Collection type Film
Measurement 57 mins 35 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description Colour/U-matic high band/sound
Maker Training Technology Centre Australian Army
Place made Australia
Date made 1992
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Commonwealth of Australia copyright


This video is an oral history on the topic of "Confusion at the face of battle". It draws upon the command experiences from World War II and the Korean conflict of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly, KBE, CB, DSO. The history has been produced as part of the Training Command "Training for war" series of videos. The presenter and interviewer is Major John Butler a student of the 1992 course, Command and Staff College Queenscliff. The oral history examines the effect upon soldiers and units of confusion at the face of battle. That aspect where at perhaps critical times, the sought after result has not been achieved because the unexpected happened. The video provides thoughts on how best to reduce confusion. It also examines training methods at both the individual and collective level which can be used to counter it. The history covers unit operations at the tactical level. It is based upon General Daly's experiences as an Adjutant involved in the training of a unit to deploy overseas on operations, a Brigade Major during the defence of Tobruk, a Commanding Officer of an AIF battalion during the amphibious operations on Borneo in July 1945 and a Brigade Commander during the Korean war.