Robin Brims

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Robin Brims
Born 27 June 1951
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1970–2008
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 3rd Battalion, The Light Infantry
24 Airmobile Brigade
1st Armoured Division
Field Army
Battles/wars Bosnian War
Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Robin Vaughan Brims CB, CBE, DSO, DL (born 27 June 1951) is a retired British Army officer. He was Commander of the Field Army at Land Command from 2005 to 2007.

Early life[edit]

Brims was born and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne,[1] but was educated at Winchester College.[2]

Military career[edit]

Brims was commissioned into The Light Infantry in 1970.[1] After various military appointments he took command of 3rd Battalion The Light Infantry in 1989. He then took up an appointment at the Ministry of Defence before taking command of 24 Airmobile Brigade in December 1994 deploying to Bosnia as part of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps the following year.[3]

He went on to be Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Ireland in November 1996 and then Director of Plans & Resources in January 1999. He was appointed Commander of the Multi-National Division (South-West) in Bosnia in 2000[3][4] after which he became General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Armoured Division in November 2000, deploying to Iraq in 2003.[1] For his service in Iraq he was given the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).[5] He became Deputy Chief of Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood before being deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq in April 2005. He became Commander of the Field Army later that year and retired from active duty in January 2008.[6]

He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear[7] and, in 2017, High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.[8]


  1. ^ a b c A commander who was never far from the action The Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2005
  2. ^ "Old Wykehamists honoured at Winchester College". The Times. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Brief biographical details of the senior UK commanders involved in Operation Telic". Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Commander MND-SW Major General R. V. Brims CBE, SFOR Informer Online. Retrieved 27 June 2009.
  5. ^ "No. 57100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 October 2003. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "No. 58594". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 January 2008. p. 1275. 
  7. ^ "Deputy Lieutenants". Tyne and Wear Lieutenancy. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "High Sheriffs". Retrieved 8 April 2017. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Freddie Viggers
Commander Multi-National Division (South-West), Bosnia
January 2000 – September 2000
Succeeded by
Rick Hillier
Preceded by
Redmond Watt
General Officer Commanding the 1st (UK) Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Peter Wall
Preceded by
John Kiszely
Senior British Military Representative
and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq

April 2005 – October 2005
Succeeded by
Nick Houghton
Preceded by
Sir Redmond Watt
Commander Field Army
Succeeded by
Sir Graeme Lamb