Wavell: Soldier and Statesman

Wavell Soldier and Statesman Wavell was one of Britain s great military leaders With extraordinary resilience he faced triumph and disaster in the Middle East Africa and Asia His renowned victory in the Western desert was match
  • Title: Wavell: Soldier and Statesman
  • Author: Victoria Schofield
  • ISBN: 9780719566103
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wavell: Soldier and Statesman
    Wavell was one of Britain s great military leaders With extraordinary resilience, he faced triumph and disaster in the Middle East, Africa and Asia His renowned victory in the Western desert was matched by the ignominy of the surrender at Singapore and the evacuation from Burma Wavell s appointment as Viceroy of India was even challenging, as he began its arduous mWavell was one of Britain s great military leaders With extraordinary resilience, he faced triumph and disaster in the Middle East, Africa and Asia His renowned victory in the Western desert was matched by the ignominy of the surrender at Singapore and the evacuation from Burma Wavell s appointment as Viceroy of India was even challenging, as he began its arduous move to independence Yet behind such distinction lay an enigmatic man, equally celebrated for his unexpected silences as for his prolific memory and love of poetry.Drawing upon unpublished letters and diaries, together with interviews with the last surviving generation who knew him, she reveals the hopes, fears and the difficulties Wavell faced Appointed and yet chastised by Winston Churchill, the failure of one of the most important relationships of WW2 is laid bare.From this beautifully written, well researched book Wavell emerges as a man of tremendous sensitivity, a soldier and a statesman, for whom duty was paramount and who, despite his taciturn behaviour, inspired exceptional loyalty.In a world where the origins of today s conflicts lie in yesterday s wars, the story of Wavell s life holds a timeless fascination.
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  • Victoria Schofield

    As a historian and independent commentator on international affairs, with specialist knowledge of South Asia, her other books include Kashmir in Conflict India, Pakistan and the Unending War and Afghan Frontier at the Crossroads of Conflict She is a frequent contributor to BBC World TV, BBC World Service and other news outlets She has also written for the Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Asian Affairs and The Round Table, the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs Schofield read Modern History at the University of Oxford and was President of the Oxford Union In 2004 05 she was the Visiting Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony s College, Oxford victoriaschofield My writing career began in my third year at Oxford University when my first article on South Africa was published in Blackwood s Magazine From Africa, my attention was directed to South Asia Benazir Bhutto was a friend at Oxford, and when her father, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was sentenced to death for conspiracy to murder a political opponent in 1978, I put my fledging ambition to write professionally into a higher gear by travelling to Islamabad The fruits of my endeavours were several articles in The Spectator and my first book, Bhutto Trial and Execution Since then, I ve remained dedicated to understanding about South Asian politics, both as a historian and journalist, and have travelled widely in the region The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 provided the inspiration for another book, Every Rock, Every Hill The Plain Tale of the North West Frontier and Afghanistan 1984 , which I have revised as Afghan Frontier Feuding and Fighting in Central Asia 2003 and as Afghan Frontier At the Crossroads of Conflict 2010 I ve also written extensively about the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in articles and books, Kashmir in the Crossfire 1996 and Kashmir in Conflict 2000, 2002 and 2010 When working freelance for the BBC World Service in London and New York during the 1980s and 1990s, I covered numerous other stories, including a feature on British sculptor, Henry Moore and a radio series on Women of the French Revolution.Wavell Soldier and Statesman 2006 combines my lifelong interest in military history with my knowledge of the South Asia I have also written the life of military historian and royal biographer, Sir John Wheeler Bennett, under the title Witness to History 2012 And in 2012 I completed Volume 1 of a two volume official regimental history of The Black Watch, entitled The Highland Furies, The Black Watch 1739 1899, with a foreword by The Prince of Wales I am now working on Volume 2 covering 1899 2006 when the Regiment was merged, becoming the The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 3 SCOTS.

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  • Attlee described Wavell noting he was a soldier and a singularly silent soldier A great man in many ways, but a curious silent bird Liddell Hart summed up Wavell s career when he noted in a letter to Wavell that It seems to be your fate in this war to be always destined to tackle the most awkward problems, and under the most difficult conditions Schofield s biography explores Wavell the man and provides depth on Wavell s time in India, first as Commander in Chief and then as Viceroy However the [...]


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