Julian Thompson (Royal Marines officer)

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Julian Thompson
Born (1934-10-07) 7 October 1934 (age 80)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1952 – 1986
Rank Major General
Commands held 40 Commando
3 Commando Brigade
Battles/wars Falklands War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major General Julian Howard Atherden Thompson, CB, OBE (born 7 October 1934) is a military historian and former Royal Marines officer who commanded 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War.

Educated at Sherborne School.

Military career[edit]

Thompson joined the Royal Marines in 1952.[1] During the 1960s he was deployed to Borneo for the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation. He was appointed commanding officer of 40 Commando in 1975 and commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1981 and in that role was British land commander on the islands during the first phase of the conflict ashore.[2] He retired in 1986.[1]

In retirement he has written extensively on the Falklands conflict and other aspects of British military history including the Iraq War.[3] He is also a visiting professor at the department of War Studies, King's College, University of London.[1]



Military offices
Preceded by
M C L Wilkins
Brigadier Commanding 3 Commando Brigade
Succeeded by
J M C Garrod