A leader who ranked among our best

AUSTRALIAN General John Monash was that rare combination of entrepreneur, polymath and military strategist who was arguably Australia’s outstanding military leader.

Professional engineer, lawyer and part-time soldier, he rose to senior command through service at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

He was a product of his intellect, ingenuity and opportunity, eschewing politics when he returned to Australia post-war.

Nonetheless, his initiatives to ensure the men he had commanded were better suited to return to their former lives proved a model for other countries suddenly dealing with thousands of veterans affected by their service.

Between the two world wars, a class of leader emerged more intent on personal advantage than seriously studying the art of war.

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