George Philip Bradley Roberts

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George Philip Bradley Roberts
The British Army in the Normandy Campaign 1944 B9183.jpg
Major General Roberts, commanding 11th Armoured Division, in his White scout car, August 1944.
Nickname(s) Pip
Born (1906-11-05)5 November 1906
Quetta, British India
Died 5 November 1997(1997-11-05) (aged 91)
East Sussex, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1926–1949
Rank Major General
Unit Royal Tank Regiment
Commands held Royal Armoured Corps (1948–49)
Hanover District, Germany (1948)
7th Armoured Division (1947–48)
11th Armoured Division (1943–46)
30th Armoured Brigade (1943)
26th Armoured Brigade (1943)
22nd Armoured Brigade (1942–43)
3rd Royal Tank Regiment (1942)

Second World War

Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Two Bars
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (3)
Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de guerre (France)
Other work Director of Scribbans-Kemp (1949–64)
Honorary Colonel Kent and County of London Yeomanry Squadron (1962–70)
Justice of the Peace (1960–70)

Major-General George Philip Bradley Roberts, CB, DSO & Two Bars, MC (5 November 1906 – 5 November 1997), better known as "Pip", was a senior officer of the British Army who served with distinction during the Second World War, in particular as commander of the 11th Armoured Division.

Military career[edit]

Roberts (right) with Brigadier C.B.C. "Roscoe" Harvey of 29th Armoured Brigade, Normandy, 15 August 1944.

Roberts was born in Quetta, British India, in 1906 and was educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps in 1926.[1] He was posted to Egypt with the Royal Tanks Corps from 1928 to 1931.[1]

Roberts was an instructor at the Tank Driving and Maintenance School at Bovington, Dorset, from 1933 to 1937.[1] He was again posted to Egypt for 1938 and 1939.[1] He commanded the 11th Armoured Division (the "Black Bull"), which fought in North West Europe, from 1944 to 1946.[1] He unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Wimbledon at the July 1945 general election.

Roberts commanded the 7th Armoured Division in 1947.[1] He then became Director of the Royal Armoured Corps and retired from the Army in September 1949.[1] His book From the Desert to the Baltic is an account of all his wartime battles.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Brocas Burrows
GOC 11th Armoured Division
Title next held by
Henry Foote
Title last held by
Lewis Lyne
GOC 7th Armoured Division
Title next held by
Robert Arkwright