World War, SOUTHERN THEATER: Q for Wavell, O for Auk

General Sir Archibald Percival Wavell won two campaigns and world fame. Then he lost two campaigns and full vigor. Finally he squeaked through two campaigns and public censure. Last week he was traded to India.

The Middle East Command, Sir Archibald's old one, has for seven months been the Empire's most important. India, which has been the second most important, might be the first if the Germans took European Russia and began heading southeast. India's Commander, Lieut. General Sir Claude John Eyre ("The Auk") Auchinleck, traded positions with General Wavell.

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