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  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Reprint edition (13 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806143053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806143057
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,527,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite his great contribution to the Allied war effort as Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, General Sir Archibald (later Field Marshal Earl) Wavell remains a little-studied figure. In 1941 he was responsible for eight campaigns covering a vast area, running five of them simultaneously in May. Some, such as the defence of Crete, failed, while others, especially the campaigns in the Western desert and in East Africa, were among the most resounding victories of the war. This book, based on extensive unpublished military and government sources and interviews with veterans, aims to provide both a work of scholarship and a portrait of a general at war. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a well researched, superbly written, and perceptive study of the professional development of British Army General (later Field Marshal Earl) Archibald P. Wavell. The focus of the book is Wavell's leadership and generalship as he commanded troops in many campaigns in North Africa, East Africa, Greece, Crete, Iraq, and Syria during 1939-1941, juggling inadequate resources and achieving excellent results, especially considering the incessant "prodding" he received from the prime minister. This book is especially timely now, highlighting political-military relationships, and with another possible conflict in the Middle East looming on the horizon. This is a "must read" book for professional politicians, military officers, and those who want to ensure we learn from history.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Study to be Reprinted in April 2003 26 Dec. 2002
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Reviews of the first edition of this outstanding book include:
1. From the Foreword by Field Marshal Lord Carver: "In this extensively researched and meticulously documented book, Harold Raugh has made a major contribution to military history."
2. Correlli Barnett, Sunday Telegraph: ". . . the enigma of Wavell's character and controversies over his exercise of command are re-examined with dispassionate judgment and thorough documentation by an American infantry soldier, Harold E. Raugh, Jr."
3. Meir Ronnen, Jerusalem Post Magazine: "Wavell has been the subject of several highly critical biographies, but this is the first study that sets out to salvage his reputation and to lay much of the blame for his failures at the door of the war cabinet dominated by Winston Churchill."
4. Lieutenant General Sir James Wilson, Army Quarterly & Defence Journal: "Altogether there is much to learn from this clearly written and impeccably researched new study of a great soldier."
5. John Whitehead, Country Life: ". . . this careful assessment of Wavell's generalship is likely to win wide and permanent acceptance."
6. The Good Book Guide: "This excellent study by an American scholar-soldier rehabilitates Wavell's conduct of war from Cairo by going back to original sources -- including once ultra-secret messages -- and thus outflanks Churchillian historians' prejudiced dismissal of a man of unusual capacity and integrity."
7. Bill Woodhouse, Tank Journal: "[Harold Raugh] had made a particular study of Lord Wavell and writes with a refreshing objectivity. The book, with its valuable conclusions to each chapter, extensive chapter notes, select bibliography and useful index, is highly recommended for anyone making a study of generalship."
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