Sir Richard O'Connor, during World War II, was a British Army Major-General who commanded the Western Desert Force.
The Italian Offensive
O'Connor's plan to defend Egypt was to use a screen of light tanks and armored cars, supported by artillery, to delay the Italians. In command of this delaying force was Brigadier General Gott. Meanwhile, the main force was to retreat towards Mersa Matruh and the Baggush Box.
O'Connor was the field commander for Operation Compass.