- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Field Marshal
- India Office, British Government
- Awarded on:
- July 23rd, 1948
"His Excellent Field Marshal The Right Honourable Viscount Wavell of Cyrenaica and Winchester, C.C.G. G.M.S.I., G.M.I.E., C.M.G., M.C., performed outstanding service as Viceroy of India during the period 20 October 1943 to 17 May 1945. The loss of Burma in 1942 imposed upon the allies the urgent necessity for building up India as a base for future offensive operations against the Japanese in southeastern Asia and in China. The largest share of this preparatory work fell upon the Government of India. Upon assumption of Office as Viceroy in October 1943, Lord Wavell directed his energies to his important task with remarkable success. The accommodation of large armies and the mobilization of Indian resources for war created financial, economic, political and constitutional problems of peculiar difficulty. Lord Wavell's determination to render the necessary assistance to American forces contributed greatly to the successful performance of its mission by Unites States Forces, India-Burma Theater. In so doing, he substantially increased the combined war effort in this theater and laid the foundation for offensive operations in South East Asia Command and China."
As Viceroy and Governor-General of India