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Brereton inquiry: SAS officers failed their men and Australia

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated July 1 2021 - 3:39pm, first published November 20 2020 - 1:00am
Australian Army soldiers from Special Operations Task Group establish a position after disembarking a US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter with their Afghan National Security Force partners at the start of a cordon and search mission in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, in 2012. Picture: Department of Defence

Winston Churchill was a little better at accepting responsibility than the Australian officer class. After the fall of Singapore, he said, "I didn't know. I wasn't told. I should have asked". But, he added later, "the possibility of Singapore having no landward defences no more entered into my mind than that of a battleship being launched without a bottom".

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.