Talk:Henry Maitland Wilson

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I'm pretty sure Wilson replaced John Dill as chief of the Joint Staff Mission in December 1944,, and was replaced as Supreme Commander Med by Harold Alexander at that time. Franey 11:55, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

Added details from Bio and Times reports[edit]

I have done a major rewrite with addition of new details. I have tried to avoid losing anything that was there before. I have added a reference to a book by Wilson's son, which I shall try and read soon, since I think it has relevant details of the Greek campaign. -- Op. Deo 16:31, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

Adding Info from Wilson's book[edit]

I had previously overlooked the book by Wilson: Eight Years Overseas, 1939-1947, to which I found a reference a few days ago. A bit careless of me, for I now see it is referenced in the DNB article which I had consulted. Anyway. I had an hour to read it today and concentrated on making notes on the Egyptian & Cyrencia campaign up to Jan/Feb 1941. I also dipped into the final chapter. I will add some material, but I need to go back to cover other parts of WWII. I strongly recommend the book as a source. -- Op. Deo 19:59, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Who was the British Commander for Operation Compass?[edit]

In what I added yesterday from Wilson book, I may have perpetuated a tendency to: 1. Describe the same operation in several places in WP; & 2. Add yet another commander as responsible for the operation's planning and execution.

The articles crediting the success to various commanders appear at Richard O'Connor, Eric Dorman-Smith, Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell as well as this one on Henry Maitland Wilson, 1st Baron Wilson. If one reads all the articles when gets a feel for who did what, but a reader just encountering one of the articles might not realise that other leaders also had a role in the planning and execution. In the article on Operation Compass we see a repeat of the story we have read 4 times already. I am not expert enough to suggest how to coordinate these articles. I was/am quite happy adding detail to Wilson, and hope that someone will take a look at the larger picture. -- Op. Deo 15:20, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

It's a good point about an inherent weakness of Wikipedia, no editorial oversight. While this can be good in allowing diverse views in can muddy the waters. Perhaps the British military history task force will be able to help provide the "bigger picture", if it can get off the ground. Leithp 10:56, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

WP:MILHIST Assessment[edit]

Not the longest of articles, but well written, good section divisions, and a good number of pictures. Plus, there are references cited. LordAmeth 11:12, 12 October 2006 (UTC)