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Roberts, George Philip Bradley "Pip"

Date of birth:
November 5th, 1906 (Quetta/British India)
Date of death:
November 5th, 1997 (East Sussex, South East England, England)
Service number:
34890
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Headquarters, 4th Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
July 8th, 1941
"As Brigade Major of 4th Armoured Brigade his Staff work throughout the whole advance from MATRUH until the final annihilation of the enemy, has been of the highest tier. He has always been untiring, cool and thorough. On 14th December, when the Brigade H.Q. was subjected to 18 bomber and 24 fighters attacks by hostile formatons of varying strengths, his personal courage was an example to all H.Q. personnel. and he carried out with his work regardless of his own personal safety."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
3rd Battalion Royal Tank Regiment, 4th Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1942
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
"During the 27th May 1942, Lt-Col. ROBERTS led his Battalion in a most skillful manner under very difficult conditions. Although his unit had suffered heavy casualties during the early morning, he succeeded in organizing a counter attack against elements of the enemy 90th Light Division, in the area SOUTH of EL ADEM, with great success. This success was due to his own personal leadership. After his own Tank was knocked out by an enemy 88 mm gun, at less than 400 yards range, he transferred to another Tank and successfully rallied his Battalion."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
Headquarters, 22nd Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1942
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
Headquarters, 22nd Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
January 28th, 1943
"During the Battle of Egypt Brigadier Roberts rendered outstanding and distinguished services. His quick grasp of tactical situations, and his personal gallantry and fine leadership enabled his Brigade to achieve very fine results. It was the action of 22nd Armoured Brigade in the **** that was largely responsible for the success of the battle. These results were due very largely to his fine leadership."
This award was obtained in the form of an bar to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Brigadier
Unit:
Headquarters, 22nd Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
July 8th, 1943
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
"For outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty in the field.
During recent operations this officer has commanded the Armoured Brigade in this Division, and on nearly all occasions this Brigade has been called upon to be on the brunt of the fighting
His handling of the Brigade has been splendid, and largely responsible for the disintegration of enemy resistance.
His utter disregard for his own safety and his cool handling of the Brigade under fire has been an inspiration to all ranks and I strongly recommend he be given an immediate award of a D.S.O."
This award was obtained in the form of an second bar to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major-General
Unit:
Headquarters, 11th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
1944
Officier de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major-General
Unit:
Headquarters, 11th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
1944
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major-General
Unit:
Headquarters, 11th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
February 1st, 1945
"Major-General G.P.B. Roberts DSO, MC assumed command of 11 Armoured Division in December 1943.
He at once threw himself with the greatest energy into preparing his Division for war and worked untiringly to this end for the six months before the invasion of Europe took place.
That he succeeded in his task is amply proved by the outstanding success of his Division in battle. During the advance to the ODON, in the break through EAST of CAEN and again in the break out at CAUMONT, General Roberts' Division fought with the greatest verve and skill in country much of which was quite unsuited to armoured warfare.
That his Division fought so well I attributed largely to General Roberts, who by his skill in planning, his enthusiasm and outstanding command in battle so inspired his officers and men that they could not fail."
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)

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