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(Biography) Archibald (Percival), 1st Earl. 1883–1950, British field marshal. During World War II he was commander in chief in the Middle East (1939–41), defeating the Italians in N Africa. He was commander in chief in India (1941–43) and viceroy of India (1943–47)
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Archibald Percival, 1st Earl, 1883–1950, British field marshal and author: viceroy of India 1943–47.
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Noun1.Wavell - British field marshal in North Africa in World War IIWavell - British field marshal in North Africa in World War II; he defeated the Italians before being defeated by the Germans (1883-1950)
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Lord Louis Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) arrives in the sweltering heat of Delhi at the behest of King George VI to replace Archie Wavell (Simon Williams) as viceroy of India and oversee the transfer of power.
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The Pakistan edition of her pioneering biography, Wavell: Soldier and Statesman, has just been published by Oxford University Press and provides rare insights into that crucial era of 1943-1947 during which Field Marshall Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, served as viceroy of India.
'The treatment of Subhas Bose', Viceroy of India Lord Wavell's Indian viceroy noted, would be 'among the most difficult questions that will confront the home department.' On 11 August 1945, just two days after a second atomic bomb levelled the Japanese city of Nagasaki, Sir EM Jenkins, the Personal Secretary to Viceroy, and Governor-General of India Wavell suggested Bose be declared a war criminal.
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With the failure of the Cabinet Mission in 1946 Archibald Percival Wavell the Viceroy of India suggested to the Home Government that the British must recognize their failure to arrange a compromise and withdraw from India latest by March 31 1948.