Claude Auchinleck
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1884
Date of Death: 1981
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Soldier, Nobleman
Spouse: Jessie Stewart
Military Branch: British Indian Army
(World War I)
British Army
(World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
"The Last Article"
POD: c. 1940
Type of Appearance: Direct

The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Two Fronts
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Military Branch: British Army (World War II)

Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE (21 June 1884 – 23 March 1981), was a British Army commander during World War II. Most of his career had been spent in India. During the war, Auchinleck successfully served on several fronts, including in Norway, India, and North Africa.

Claude Auchinleck in "The Last Article"[]

Despite the fact that Britain had fallen to Germany in 1941, and all imperial troops were ordered to lay down their arms, Claude Auchinleck and his men fought the forces of Walther Model until 1947. Model described Auchinleck's men as bandits.

His forces being finally overwhelmed and popular support having run out, Auchinleck formally surrendered to Model in New Delhi.

Claude Auchinleck in The War That Came Early[]

General Claude Auchinleck succeeded Bernard Montgomery as the overall commander of the North African theater of the Second World War in 1943, after Montgomery's plane was shot down.[1]


  1. Two Fronts, pg. 364.