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People: Generals’-Eye View

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On the literary front, in a reflective piece for the newspapers, General Sir Archibald Percival Wavell, British Commander in Chief in India, chose as the six greatest generals of all time: Marlborough, Belisarius, Wellington, Frederick, Lee, Napoleon, in order. He picked no “greatest” war, but made plain a little of his feeling about this one. “Possibly my reflections may give others a rest from the present grim business,” he concluded, “by reminding them of older and better wars.” High aim of U.S. Army maneuvers in Tennessee (see p. 67) is the development of imaginative resourcefulness in the individual soldier. On a Tennessee highway one soldier, lost-looking, ambling, alone, without his gun, caught the eye of Lieut. General Ben Lear, who stopped his car, ordered him in. On the man’s shoulder was a white rag—mark of an umpire. The soldier explained: “I’m a neutral, sir.” More and firmer questioning proved the soldier was AWOL, had wandered into the maneuver area on the way back to his outfit from North Carolina. To his outfit —and the MPs—the imaginative and resourceful soldier was promptly delivered by his general.

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