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Scoones, Geoffrey Allen Percival (1893-1975)

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.

Service record

1893     

Born
1935
Colonel     
Commander, 2 Battalion, 8 Gurka Rifles
1940

Deputy Director of Military Operations, India
1941
Brigadier     
Director of Miltary Operations and Intelligence, India
1942
Major general     
Commander, 19 Indian Division
1942
Lieutenant general      
Commander, 4 Indian Corps
1944
General Commander, Central Command, India
1947

Aide-de-campe to the King
1947

Staff, Commonwealth Relations Office
1953

High Commissioner to New Zealand
1975

Dies

References

Allen (1984)

Generals.dk (accessed 2009-12-31)

Slim (1956)



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