Charles N.F., Sir, KCB, DSO Broad

BROAD, Lt-Gen Sir Charles, KCB, DSO

Charles Noel Frank Broad was born on December 29 1882, a son of Major CH Broad, of the 5th Fusiliers. Educated at Wellington and Pembroke College, Cambridge, he was commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1905. University entrants to the Army were unusual at this time. Attending Staff College in 1914, his course was disrupted by the outbreak of war. He won a DSO in1917 and became renowned as a gunnery expert.

In 1919 he was appointed GS01 at the Staff College and in 1924 transferred to the newly constituted Royal Tank Corps. He was given charge of the Gunnery School at Lulworth, where he fostered the experimental developments taking place there. In 1927 he went to the War Office to take charge of SD2, which was concerned with the organisation of war, and coincided with the formation of the Experimental Mechanised Force on Salisbury Plain. Broad gave invaluable support to the new Force, from his position on the General Staff. In 1929 he prepared the first official manual on armoured warfare "Mechanised and Armoured Formations", which became known as "The Purple Primer".

In 1931 as a Brigadier, he was posted to Aldershot in command of a Tank Brigade, where he developed new systems of training, tactics and formations for armoured units.

Following three years in India, he was promoted to Major-General in 1937 and placed in charge of Administration at Aldershot.. He was posted to India again as GOC in charge of the Eastern Command, in1940.

He was Colonel-Commandant of the Royal Tank Regiment 1939-1947, being the Representative Colonel-Commandant during the later years. He was awarded a CB in 1938 and a KCB in 1941. He died in 1976

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

1914 STAR WITH BAR (MONS STAR)

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

BURMA STAR

DEFENCE MEDAL

QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, CAPE COLONY BAR

VICTORY MEDAL

WAR MEDAL

KING GEORGE VI CORONATION 1937

KING GEORGE V JUBILEE 1935

CROIX DE GUERRE (BELGIUM)

LEGION D'HONNEUR