There has been little study of Wavell's campaign against Italian forces in 1940- 41, nor of the role of the Australian 6th Division in the Italian defeat. Today's aspiring military commanders need look no further than the early Western Desert campaign for historical examples of brilliant leadership, deception and surprise against overwhelming odds.
Glenn Wahlert was born in Melbourne in 1956. He is a graduate of the Officer Cadet School Portsea, Army Command & Staff College, Deakin University and the University of NSW. After 20 years of service in the regular Army he transferred to the Army Reserve where he is currently a member of the Army History Unit, Canberra. In his 'day job' he is a member of Defence's Senior Executive Service and holds the appointment of Director General of Industry Strategy in the Defence Materiel Organisation. Lieutenant Colonel Wahlert is a qualified Army marksman and the author of several books and journal articles on topics ranging from military history to high-technology crime.