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General John Monash: The Man Who Changed How Wars Were Fought I Monash & Me | Timeline



Peter Greste continues to delve into the life of Australia’s greatest General – Sir John Monash, while also discovering the fate of his four Great Uncles who fought under Monash.

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  1. The other side of the coin is that Operation Paper Clip allowed for the Nazification of the USA. Japanese agents were very active in Pearl Harbour, and spies and traitors exist all over the place. Allowing mass immigration from Italy and Sicily gave us the mafia. In a war, and in peacetime, it pays to suspect the enemy, so don't take it personally is my advice to German expats when there is a war on with Germany. Nobody is nice in a war.

  2. When you speak of Monash and his German (and Jewish) heritage, do not forget the machinations of Rupert Murdoch's father Keith in trying to prevent Monash taking command of the Australian Corps. "Murdoch is a persistent and interfering villain"- General Sir Henry Rawlinson commander, 4th Army.

  3. Isn't it funny how the most successful generals in the first world war were from Australia. Britain didn't do too well with it's home grown military commanders. The Aussies and the Canadians were always pulling Britain's chestnuts out of the fire. Love from the USA!😉

  4. Operation Michel 1918 the Germans threw their Storm Troops into the spearhead of Battle, the Allied lines were cracking and retreating everywhere. The Australian 'Shock Troops' were thrown in to plug the gaps in Allied Lines. The only Troops capable of stopping the Storm Troops at the time. They performed Superhuman feats, while fighting for 3 days and nights without food or sleep, the gaps were closed, it was then the ANZACS went on the offensive taking Ten of Thousands of Prisoners in the process. The tide had turned, exhausted, the ANZACS handed over the battle to the fresh Canadians who continued the attack.

  5. As a fan of finding your roots here in America a series that's led me to explore Ancestry of certain individuals in our Modern lives whom seem to seek division of the citizens to control the Information. Interestingly the Murdoch in the program is the same family that today spends millions to provide disinformation to those with little knowledge as to what actually happened. All to enrich personal wealth at a Terrible cost to Society

  6. Monash is remembered through many things being named after him in Melbourne. Few examples: Monash University is Australia's largest Uni, in the suburb of Monash, right off the M1:Monash freeway. Many things have his name, but too few people know much of his story. Monash Uni does have a wonderful statue of him in the middle of campus and does try to ensure Australians remember. Lest we forget.

  7. Canadians would say General Sir Arthur Currie was the best general in WW1.
    I couldn’t say which of them was better.
    They had very similar backgrounds – both military and non-military organisations could learn from their lives and successes.

  8. It is past time this great man received the recognition he deserves. He is the father of combined arms warfare. Seeing the man for who he truly was only deepens my admiration for him.

  9. One thing that is disappointing is that the hero of violets-bretonneux was general ‘pompey’ Elliot, who turned the battle – particularly by being present not just in the front trench at the height of the battle but crossed the front trench line multiple times. It was Elliot who saw the opportunity for the flanking attack and who was never recognised for that, despite the fact that he also literally led that attack, contributing to the almost certain PTSD that led to his suicide in 1932 – which in turn robbed him of the acknowledgment of his contribution to the Australian army’s successes.

  10. The description of the planning and attack on Hamel sounds to me a lot like what was called Blitzkrieg 21 years later. Either way, it's still a German innovation.

  11. This is a diary of a everyday man he writes his thaughts and what he's seen on the days of war and how war changed him all for his reading in the future and its the people usually the boffins that didn't know him that read between the lines and put there own take on things, not living in the war and when reading between the lines have their own story's to report but if they spoke to the original writer he would have said that's not what I meant so believe what you want!

  12. Today General Monash's strategy is called "combined operations" with all the different branches of the military taking part, with the importance of logistics playing a big role in sustaining an offensive. Ironically we are seeing the failure of the Russian offensive against Ukraine failing because they are so uncoordinated. Their inability to keep their troops supplied is crippling their infantry and the lack of close air support is simply ludicrous. I won't criticize them however, it's best not to correct your enemy when he is making a mistake.

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