Britain's new commander in the Middle East (see above), General Sir Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, once had a conversation with a literary friend. The author stared at the soldier, and said: "Tell me something I have always wanted to know, Alex. You're really very intelligent, aren't you?"
"I am," he said.
The British last week put their hopes in General Alexander's intelligence and in his reputation as an aggressive fighting man. He gained the reputation in World War I, when he went over the top 30 times, was wounded twice, was twice decorated (D.S.O., M.C.)In the British Army his known...