World Battlefronts: New Commander's Job

A new commander picked up the pieces of the most immediately responsible military post in the British Empire last week. What he found was a gravely weak position—the result of complacency, bungling and misunderstanding of the problem at hand.

On Nov. 18 the British War Office mysteriously announced that it had reserved a "special appointment" for Lieut. General Sir Henry Pownall. Last week, after an embarrassing hiatus, Sir Henry arrived at Singapore and the War Office specified: he was to replace sleepy, overconfident Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham as Commander in Chief of...

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