Pen and Sword Books: Wavell by Victoria Schofield

Wavell (7 reviews)
Soldier & Statesman
by Victoria Schofield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: World War One Books
Military Biography
512 pages
ISBN: 9781848843202
Published: 15 September 2010
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Archibald Wavell's life and career makes a marvellous subject. Not only did he reach the highest rank (Field Marshal) and become an Earl and Viceroy of India but his character was complex. He joined the Black Watch in 1901. He stood out during the Great War, quickly earning the Military Cross but losing an eye. He was at Versailles in 1918 but between the Wars his career advanced with Brigade and General commands notably in Palestine where he spotted Orde Wingate. By the outbreak of war he was GOC-in-C Middle East. Early successes against the Italians turned into costly failures in Greece and Crete and Wavell lost the confidence of Churchill; their temperaments differed completely.

Wavell was sent to India as C-in-C. After Pearl Harbour Wavell was made Supreme Allied Commander for the SW Pacific and bore responsibility for the humiliating loss of Singapore (he quickly recognized that it could not be held). Problems in Burma tested Churchill's patience and he was removed from command to be Viceroy and Governor General of India.

As civil unrest and demands for independence grew, in 1947 Prime Minister Attlee replaced Wavell with Mountbatten who oversaw Partition. Wavell died in 1950, after a life of huge achievement tempered with many reverses, most of which were not of his making.
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As one of the great military leaders of the Second World War and the penultimate Viceroy of India Archibald Wavell makes a marvellous subject for a biography. This book is superbly written and objectively researched
Pennant Magazine
Archibald Wavell's life and career makes a marvelous subject. Having joined the Black Watch in 1901, his career spanned the Great War where he lost an eye, attendance at Versailles in 1918, Brigade and General... [read full review]
reenacting ww2
Archibald Percival Wavell graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1901 and was commissioned into the Black Watch - the start of a long military career stretching across two world wars, a career in... [read full review]
Reconnaissance Report
Archibald Wavell, as his name implies (his grandfather, father, and son were all soldiers, and all were called Archibald Wavell) was a General of the old school: conservative, steady as a rock, upright, unflappable -... [read full review]
Military Times, Jan 2011
Wavell, Soldier & Statesman, by Victoria Schofield, dropped through my door with a thud - it's a weighty tome... Oddly enough I had just finished reading volume 2 of John Connell's 1969 biography, Wavell, Supreme... [read full review]
Rob Widders
I must confess I had probably conformed to the wider orthodoxy on British military history when it came to Wavell – everything before Monty was hopeless, surely? This perceived wisdom is partly due to efforts... [read full review]
Daly History Blog
Archibald Wavell's life and career makes a marvellous subject. Not only did he reach the highest rank (Field Marshal) and become an Earl and Viceroy of India but his character was complex. He joined the... [read full review]
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About Victoria Schofield
Victoria Schofield is first and foremost an authority on South Asia and Wavell enabled her to bring her knowledge of the sub-continent and military history to bear. She has a degree from Oxford and she was President of the Oxford Union in 1977. She is a published author and frequent commentator on the BBC World Service and BBC World TV and contributor to periodicals.

She lives in London.
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