Raymond Briggs (British Army officer)

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Raymond Briggs
Born 19 January 1895
Died 4 April 1984 (aged 89)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1914–1947
Rank Major General
Unit King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Machine Gun Corps
Royal Tank Regiment
Commands held 2nd Armoured Brigade
1st Armoured Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Major General Raymond Briggs CB DSO (1895–1984) was a senior British Army officer who led the 2nd Armoured Brigade at the Second Battle of El Alamein in late 1942 and later commanded the 1st Armoured Division.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Bedford School, Briggs served in World War I with the British Army's Machine Gun Corps, receiving his commission in 1915.[1] He was appointed Deputy Assistant Director for Mechanized Warfare at the War Office in 1936.[1] He served in World War II as a General Staff Officer before becoming the commander of 2nd Armoured Brigade in 1940. As commander of this brigade he participated in the First Battle of El Alamein. Immediately after that battle he was appointed General Officer Commanding 1st Armoured Division and commanded it during the Second Battle of El Alamein,[1] receiving the CB for his role in the battle.[2] In 1943 he was appointed Director of the Royal Armoured Corps at the War Office.[1] He retired in 1947.[1]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Herbert Lumsden
GOC 1st Armoured Division
August 1942–July 1943
Succeeded by
Alexander Galloway