Soldier and Statesman
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
6.1 x 9.2 in, No Illustrations
- February 2023
- In Stock
- February 2011
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
Early successes against the Italians turned into costly failures in Greece and Crete and Wavell lost the confidence of Churchill; their temperaments differed completely. Wavell was sent to India as C-in-C. After Pearl Harbor Wavell was made Supreme Allied Commander for the SW Pacific and bore responsibility for the humiliating loss of Singapore (he quickly recognized that it could not be held). Problems in Burma tested Churchill's patience and he was removed from command to be Viceroy and Governor General of India. As civil unrest and demands for independence grew, in 1947 Prime Minister Attlee replaced Wavell with Mountbatten who oversaw Partition.
Wavell died in 1950, after a life of huge achievement tempered with many reverses, most of which were not of his making.