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The Architect of Victory
The Military Career of Lieutenant General Sir Frank Horton Berryman


Part of Australian Army History Series

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521766852

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  • Lieutenant General Sir Frank Berryman is one of the most important, yet relatively unknown officers in the history of the Australian Army. Despite his reputedly caustic personality and noted conflicts with some senior officers, Berryman was crucial to Australia's success during the Second World War. But did the man known as 'Berry the Bastard' deserve his reputation? Bold, calculating and talented, Berryman was at the forefront of operations that led to the defeat of the Japanese, and his operational planning secured Australia's victories at Bardia, Tobruk and in New Guinea during the Pacific War. With access to rare private papers, Peter Dean charts Berryman's special relationships with senior US and Australian officers such as MacArthur, Chamberlin, Blamey, Lavarack and Morshead, and explains why the man poised to become the next Chief of General Staff would never fulfil his ambition.

    • The first military biography to be published in the Australian Army History Series. Lieutenant Frank Horton Berryman has been the only operational corps commander without a biography published to date
    • Traces high-level relations in the Australian Army during WWII
    • Looks at the importance of personality in senior military officers and its effect on operations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521766852
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Formative Years, 1894–1939:
    1. The foundations of a military career
    2. A gunners-war
    3. The bitter-sweet years
    Part II. Battle Plans and Command, 1939–1942:
    4. North Africa
    5. Bardia and Tobruk
    6. Operation Exporter
    Part III. The Pacific War, 1942–1945:
    7. War with Japan
    8. New Guinea force
    9. Operation Postern
    10. Reconquest
    11. Two armies - two headquarters
    Part IV. The Post-World War, 1946–1981:
    12. All careers must come to an end
    Conclusion. In reflection, 1894–1941.

  • Author

    Peter J. Dean, Australian National University, Canberra
    Peter Dean is a Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. He teaches on the Centre's graduate program as well as at the Australian Command and Staff College. He is currently working on a history of the Australian-American military relationship in the South West Pacific, 1942–1945, which is being funding through a United States Studies Centre (USSC) Grant. As part of this project, Peter will be a Research Associate at the USSC at the University of Sydney, and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and the Australian Defence Force Academy, UNSW. Peter is a contributing editor to the journal Global War Studies and a peer review editor for Cambridge University Press and Murdoch Press.

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