Hi all, I'd like a discussion on the failure to re-employ generals Alan Cunningham and Reede Godwin-Austen to front line commands after the Crusader campaign. The reason I ask is, if my understanding of it is correct, that Alan Brooke continued to lament throughout the war on a lack of good commanders. Just because a general had a bad battle/campaign, Brooke understood it didn't always mean the generalship (is that a word?) was bad, other circumstances could be at play. Both O'Conner and Ritchie were later given Corps commands. O'Conner is very understandable, being re-employed after his release from captivity with the Italians, having been captured in North Africa. But Richie failed, as commander of the Eighth Army. Nevertheless, Brooke had faith in him, concluding he'd been promoted into too higher a command too quickly, and later gave him a Corps Command. Alan Cunningham had been very successful in East Africa, and on the formation of the Eighth Army, was given command. Unfortunalty, few generals seemed to have done well against Rommel, and Cunningham was one of them, being relieved of command by Auchinleck, seven months earlier than Ritchie, who suffered the same fate. However, as I understand it, an argument can be made that everything wasn't all Cunningham's fault, he was a capable officer, and could have been successful in a future command. But Churchill, placing so much faith on Operation Crusader, wanted scapegoats and Cunningham became one of them, Brooke not being able to persuade Churchill otherwise. Another to fall to the same fate was Reede Godwin-Austen, who resigned when Richie went behind his back and countermand an order that he had previously agreed with Godwin-Austen. However, Godwin-Austen had previous with Churchill, having conducted a successful retreat and evacuation of British forces in British Somaliland back in August 1940. For Churchill, one measurement of success was a butchers bill, and he held the belief that the colony was lost far too cheaply. Could either or both of these officers have continued onto successful front line command careers, if given the chance?