Friday, April 10, 2020
"La victoria trova cento padri, a nessuno vuole riconoscere l'insuccesso"
"Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan"!
"BOOK REVIEW: 'The Man Who Took the Rap': Sir Robert Brooke-Popham and the Fall of Singapore"
A book review by Professor Al Nofi of Strategy Page the original work by Peter Dye
"An Able Officer Wronged" [?] Sir Robert Brooke-Popham.
WRONGED [?] WITHIN CONTEXT OF THE SECOND WORLD BRITISH DEFEAT, MALAYA/SINGAPORE!
"Dye, author of a number of works in military and aviation history, gives us the first ever biography of Robert Brooke-Popham (1878-1953), who led the British Far East Command during the Japanese onslaught in the opening months of the Pacific War."
Brooke-Popham from the wiki entry you can conclude was an "able officer". Quite so. A distinguished career prior to the Second World War you might have thought to have made him well suited for theater command!
Brooke-Popham as commander of Far East Command [British] senior to Percival. The latter often taking the blame for the fall of Malaya and Singapore. The WORST DEFEAT in British military history. Percival seen as a commander too timid, uninspiring, lacking in leadership, strictly defensive oriented?
IT IS NOT UNREASONABLE TO SUGGEST THAT BRITISH DEFEAT IN MALAYA WAS DUE MORE TO THE JAPANESE BEING SO GOOD RATHER THAN THE BRITISH BEING SO BAD?
THE BRITISH MILITARY ALSO BETRAYED IN A MANNER THAT EXACERBATED TO THE EXTREME AN ALREADY BAD SITUATION!!
And to all this Sir Robert would have said?