In this acclaimed study, Harold E. Raugh, Jr., writes, "Wavell bore a mantle of responsibility greater than that of any other British general, with the possible exception of the Chief of the Imperial Staff, in the early years of the Second World War." During the final six months of his tenure in command in the Middle East - the crucial period of February to July 1941 - Wavell conducted eight campaigns, with three underway at any one time and five simultaneously in May. Two of those campaigns stand in history as great victories and the campaign in Greece as a source of endless controversy. But in spite of his great victories in the Western Desert in the winter of 1940-41 and in East Africa, Wavell not only failed to receive the popular notice that certain of his contemporaries received, but also was largely forgotten by historians. The evolution of Wavell's military philosophy, generalship, and professionalism has never before been chronicled in such rich detail. Not withstanding his enormous military achievements at one of the most critical periods in his country's history, Wavell was undeservedly relegated to obscurity, a gross historical oversight that Raugh's lucidly written and impeccably researched book certainly corrects.
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