"Lt-Col R.N. Gale has been very highly commended to me for the unremitting application which he showed throughout the preparation of plans for the movement of the British Expeditionary Force to France when he was GSO 2 in General Staff (Planning) Section. During the past few months, as GSO 1 in the same section, he has shown marked ability, initiative and energy in assisting in co-ordinating the preparation of important operational plans."
"Major General Richard Nelson Gale, C.B.E. M.C., British Army, as Deputy Commander, First Allied Airborne Army, from December 1944 to May 1945, distinguished himself in the Allied cause by his professional knowledge, cooperative attitude and skillful leadership. In operational planning, his understanding of the capabilities of airborne troops was a highly valuable reference source to the planning staff. His success as Commanding General, 1 British Corps, contributed spectacularly to the Allied cause. He was Deputy Field Commander in the great airborne crossing of the Rhine River, where his indomitable leadership and timely appearance at critical places played an important part in the success of that operation. General Gale's outstanding and varied services in positions of great responsibility contributed materially to the Allied war effort."