Tuesday, May 09, 2006

More thoughts about generals

I was interested to see that General Alan Cunningham, who brilliantly commanded a fast-moving and far-ranging campaign against the Italians in East Africa, was an artilleryman. For me, that helps to explain why he was so out of his element as 8th Army commander. The Wikipedia entry for him was above average, as were those for Generals Wavell and Auchinleck. Auchinleck and Cunningham both lived to a great age. Some of what is in Wikipedia is mediocre and best, but the biographies of the generals are quite good.

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