American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Wavell, Archibald Percival. First Earl Wavell. 1883-1950. British field marshal who routed Italian forces in North Africa (1940-1941) before being defeated by the Germans. As viceroy of India (1943-1947) he sought to prepare India for independence.
- n. British field marshal in North Africa in World War II; he defeated the Italians before being defeated by the Germans (1883-1950)
“Field Marshal Wavell, both leaders agreed, was finished.”
“The army under the British commander-in-chief in the Far East, Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, was defeated and in disarray.”
“Wingate was sent in by Wavell, who remembered his earlier effectiveness with irregular forces in Palestine, in November, 1940.”
“It was to be the first British victory in the Second World War and he did it all with irregulars, including kibbutz volunteers he had trained in Palestine and had specially brought down at his request; and it was done, once again, through his old protector Archibald Wavell, whom at this point had become a full General and Commander-in-Chief of all British Forces in the Middle East.”
“Once back in Cairo, Wingate's report of the Ethiopian Campaign Wavell now having departed was flatly rejected at GHQ and all those he recommended for DSO's denied.”
“While Italian losses in north Africa had been amply compensated for by the arrival of the Germans, Wavell's forces were sorely depleted by what would turn out to be the ill-fated Greece diversion.”
“The only Libyan territory Wavell retained was the port of Tobruk, where a garrison of Australian, British and Polish troops held out for 224 days before they were relieved and it was the panzers' turn to be driven back to Brega.”
“Some of Wavell's victorious forces, including his best aircraft and tanks, were being sent to help them.”
“With his artillery almost in range of it, Wavell thought he was poised for total victory and would soon be in Tripoli.”
“In only 10 weeks, Lieutenant-General Archibald Wavell's 30,000 British and Commonwealth troops had routed a much larger Italian army that had attempted to invade Egypt and capture the Suez canal.”
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