Raymond Briggs

Major General Raymond Briggs

Tales of valour

Distinguished Service Order

Brigadier Briggs was an intrepid Commander, who, through a total disregard for his personal safety was able during the operations of 28th/30th May, 1942, to command his Brigade with maximum efficiency.

He was always in the right place at the right time and as a result of his personal reconnaissances in the field of battle, disposed his forces to such good advantage that they attacked and contained considerably greater and stronger forces of enemy tanks for many hours and inflicted serious losses on the enemy.

His coolness in action and the determination of his whole Brigade to hold on and win even when they were practically surrounded by an overwhelming number of enemy tanks was a glorious and inspiring sight for which Brigadier Briggs deserves every credit.

Legion of Merit

Major General Raymond Briggs, CB, DSO, British Army, as Director of the Royal Armoured Corps from May 1944 to April 1945, was responsible for the close liaison maintained between the officers of the British and United States Armies charged with the development and operation of armored vehicles. The close cooperation secured by him resulted in the exchange of information which led to the development and improvement of armored vehicles and to their increased efficiency of operation in the field. Through his initiative and ability, General Briggs contributed materially to the successful operations in the European Theater.

COMPANION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH - MILITARY DIVISION

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

1914 STAR WITH BAR (MONS STAR)

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR, 8TH ARMY BAR

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

DEFENCE MEDAL

VICTORY MEDAL

WAR MEDAL

QUEEN ELIZABETH II CORONATION 1953

QUEEN ELIZABETH II SILVER JUBILEE 1977

LEGION OF MERIT

MINIATURE MEDAL GROUP