ISBN 0 909859 096
This book is a pioneering study of the history of Intelligence in the Australian Army, concentrating on the years of the Australian Intelligence Corps’ existence from 1907 to 1914. It begins with colonial days and concludes in 1939. The Australian Intelligence Corps as raised in 1907 was the precursor of a general staff, not finally established until 1909. The corps’ tasks were to collect topographical information and prepare maps, and to gather data necessary to plan military operations in defence of Australian soil. The aim was ambitious, the task immense, and in less than seven years the corps was disbanded. This volume tells of the efforts of Corps members to breathe life into the concept and to accomplish the monumental work entrusted to them.