Who do you think was the best British Commander in North Africa? 1) O'Connor 2) Cunningham 3) Ritchie 4) Auchinleck 5) Montgomery I think that Lt-General O'Connor was the only British commander in the Western Desert who had a flare for armoured warfare in the German style. He used the 7th Armoured, 4th Indian and 6th Australian Divisions in an agressive way in a number of encircling moves, along the coast to complete the rout of the Italian 10th Army in Libya and Egypt (250,000 strong) between Dec 1940 and Feb 1941, and all this with only 30,000 British and Commonwealth at his desposal. It was a shame he was captured by the Germans near Derna only days after Rommels first offensive began. I would have liked to have seen if he could have matched the Desert Fox's tactics.