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Scoones commanded 4 Indian Corps in India and Burma from 1942-1944 and directed the successful defense of Imphal. Slim praised him for his clear analytical thinking, foresightedness, and steadiness in a tight spot, though Slim's staff sometimes complained about the length and exhaustiveness of Scoones' appreciations (situation reports):
I always pointed out that [Scoones'] appreciations could be re-read after the event and found uncannily accurate. A general whose appreciations can stand this test is not perhaps as rare as a politician whose speeches can equally bear re-reading, but such far-sightedness is one of the foundations of real generalship and it is not too common a gift.
However, Scoones lacked the dash required by Slim for his planned offensive in central Burma, and his promotion to Central Command allowed Slim to move Messervy into his place.
||Commander, 2 Battalion, 8 Gurka
||Deputy Director of Military
||Director of Miltary Operations
and Intelligence, India
||Commander, 4 Indian
||Aide-de-campe to the King
||Staff, Commonwealth Relations
||High Commissioner to New Zealand
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