[Daily article] January 20: Reg Pollard (general)

Reg Pollard (20 January 1903 – 9 March 1978) was a senior commander
in the Australian Army, serving as Chief of the General Staff from 1960
to 1963. He was mentioned in despatches in 1941 after seeing action with
the 7th Division in the Middle East. In 1942 he became senior staff
officer of the division in New Guinea, and was awarded the Distinguished
Service Order for his actions. Pollard’s early post-war roles involved
recruit training, administration, and planning. In 1953 he took command
of the Australian Army Component of the British Commonwealth Forces
Korea. In 1957 he was promoted to lieutenant general and took charge of
Eastern Command in Sydney. Knighted in 1961, he presided over the Army’s
reorganisation as Chief of the General Staff, and helped Royal Military
College, Duntroon become a degree-granting institution. In 1962, he
oversaw deployment of the first team of Australian military advisors to
South Vietnam. After retiring from the military in 1963, Pollard became
Honorary Colonel of the Royal Australian Regiment; he served as
Australian Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II during the Royal Visit in

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Summoned by Simon de Montfort, the first English parliament
held its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster.


Honório Hermeto Carneiro Leão, Marquis of Paraná, became the
de facto first prime minister of the Empire of Brazil.


World War II: Germany began the evacuation of at least 1.8
million people from East Prussia, an operation which took nearly two
months to complete.


Bengali student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman was shot and
killed by East Pakistani police, one of the events that led to the
Bangladesh Liberation War.


During the Icelandic financial crisis, thousands of people
gathered to protest at the parliament in Reykjavík.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

To know intuitively or by immediate perception.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  There are so many clues and feelings in the world that it makes a
mystery and a mystery means there’s a puzzle to be solved. Once you
think like that you’re hooked on probably finding a meaning, and
there’re many avenues in life where we’re given little indications that
the mystery can one day be solved. We get little proofs, — not the big
proof — but the little proofs that keep us searching.  
–David Lynch

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