Naval War College Review


Robin Higham


The Commander in Chief of the British forces in the Eastern Mediterranean-up until shortly after the loss of Greece and Crete in the late spring of 1941-was the imperturbable, one-eyed General Sir Archibald Wavell, a man of many talents including being a poetry editor. Talent was an essential for the job, as Wavell was not only called upon to run campaigns in such widely scattered places as East Africa, the Wes tern Desert, and Greece, but he was also the satrap of all the Middle East under British control.