Words of Others | A Brilliant Eccentric

As I mentioned last week, I am reading  Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan, by Ronald H. Spector. In the chapters about the war in Burma, India, and China, there is this great passage about a British commando leader:

In late 1942 Wavell had formed a large commando force called the Seventh-seventh Long-Range Penetration Brigade under Brigadier Orde Wingate, a brilliant eccentric and a veteran of irregular warfare in Palestine and Ethiopia. Wingate, with his magnetic personality, ascetic appearance, and far-away expression, was part visionary, part lunatic --  but all soldier.