World War, SOUTHERN THEATER: Wavell Takes the Blame

"I did not expect the enemy to counterattack until the end of April. . . ."

With this short, tired statement, General Sir Archibald Percival Wavell last week took upon himself an historic guilt. He was telling the Indian Council of State about Britain's setback by the Axis drive in Libya last April.

Only a man sure of his position could admit such miscalculation. General Wavell is secure in the knowledge that Winston Churchill still considers him the best of the British Army's big generals. In truth "Archie" Wavell was taking too much...

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