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Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell

1883 - 1950

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Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, (5 May 1883 – 24 May 1950) was a senior officer of the British Army. He served in the Second Boer War, the Bazar Valley Campaign and the First World War, during which he was wounded in the Second Battle of Ypres. In the Second World War, he served initially as Commander-in-Chief Middle East, in which role he led British forces to victory over the Italian Army in Eritrea-Abyssinia, western Egypt and eastern Libya during Operation Compass in December 1940, only to be defeated by Erwin Rommel's Panzer Army Africa in the Western Desert in April 1941. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell has received more than 873,808 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell is the 580th most popular military personnel (up from 641st in 2019), the 1,110th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,260th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular British Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell ranks 580 out of 1,468Before him are Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, Woodes Rogers, Ernst Barkmann, Nobutake Kondō, Fritz Bayerlein, and Ikrima ibn Abi Jahl. After him are Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria, Thersites, Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, Mikhail Alekseyev, and Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier.

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Among people born in 1883, Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell ranks 65Before him are Nikolay Krestinsky, Richard von Mises, Bernhard Rust, Prince Konrad of Bavaria, Mauritz Stiller, and Gusztáv Jány. After him are Fritz Gerlich, Lauri Kristian Relander, William Carlos Williams, Alfredo Casella, Ernest Ansermet, and Ichirō Hatoyama. Among people deceased in 1950, Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell ranks 46Before him are Constantin Carathéodory, Francesco Cilea, Melitta Bentz, Liane de Pougy, Emil Abderhalden, and Eliel Saarinen. After him are Salvatore Giuliano, Alfred Korzybski, Ryuzo Shimizu, Charles Koechlin, Vasil Kolarov, and Fevzi Çakmak.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell ranks 1,110 out of 7,765Before him are J. B. S. Haldane (1892), Clive Granger (1934), Kenny Baker (1934), Colin Dexter (1930), Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk (1517), and Thomas Lawrence (1769). After him are Matthew Lewis (1775), Kiefer Sutherland (1966), Rick Astley (1966), Robert Faurisson (1929), Joan Robinson (1903), and Emily Blunt (1983).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell ranks 22Before him are William Bligh (1754), Harold Lowe (1882), Paddy Roy Bates (1921), Jack Phillips (1887), Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891), and Woodes Rogers (1679). After him are Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig (1861), William Stuart-Houston (1911), Melita Norwood (1912), Joseph Boxhall (1884), Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775), and Bertram Ramsay (1883).