„A bold general may be lucky, but no general can be lucky unless he is bold.  The general who allows himself to be bound and hampered by regulations is unlikely to win a battle.“

—  Archibald Wavell, 1. Earl Wavell, "Generals and Generalship" (1939), I – The Good General.
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britischer Feldmarschall, Vizekönig von Indien, Kommandeur … 1883 - 1950

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