'Uncle Bill' - Field Marshal Bill Slim and his leadership legacy
Welcome to The Gurkha Museum’s latest Online Exhibition.
Field Marshal Viscount Slim was known more affectionately by his soldiers, throughout his senior career, as “Uncle Bill”. Despite his outstanding leadership of 14th Army in the Burma Campaign, and later appointment as Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), he is much less well known outside of military historical circles than, for example, his immediate predecessor as CIGS, Viscount Montgomery. Nevertheless, a National Army Museum poll in 2011 ranked him, jointly with the Duke of Wellington, Britain’s Greatest General.
This online exhibition seeks to give him more of the recognition that he deserves, covering not just his time in command in Burma but also his early career and the lasting legacy of his influence on the British Army’s understanding and practice of leadership.