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Briggs, Harold Rawdon (1894-1952)


Photograph of H. Rawdon Briggs

Wikipedia

"Briggo" commanded 5 Indian Division in North Africa, the Middle East, and Burma from 1942-1944 and participated in the second Arakan campaign, the defense of Imphal, and the relief of Kohima. Slim praised him for his knack for being at the right place at the right time doing the right thing in critical situations, and wrote that no other commander he knew had made so few mistakes.

Briggs was called out of retirement in 1950 to direct the British counterinsurgency against Communist guerrillas in Malaya. He left Malaya at the end of 1951 in poor health and bitter over his failure to exert any real authority over the security forces. However, his strategy was adopted by his successor, Gerard Templer, who was given adequate authority and waged a model counterinsurgency based on Brigg's ideas.

Service record

1894     

Born
1937
Colonel     
Commander, 2 Battalion, 10 Baluchistan Regiment
1940
Brigadier
Commander, 7 Indian Brigade, North Africa
1942-5     
Major general     
Commander, 5 Indian Division
1946

Commander, Burma Command
1950

Director of Operations, Malaya
1952

Dies

References

Boot (2013)

Generals.dk (accessed 2009-12-31)

Pettibone (2006)

Slim (1956)



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