Gibbs, General Sir Roland C.

1977 TLS as Chief of the British General Staff to the Commandant, US Army War College on exchanges of lecturers

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(1921-2004) Chief of the General Staff, professional head of the British Army 1976-79. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he was commissioned 1 2nd Lieut. in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in late 1939, 4 months after the UK entered WW II, posted to the 2nd Btn, promoted to lieut. July 1941. He was deployed to North in late 1941, awarded the Military Cross late 1942. After the 2nd Battle of El Alamein, he led C Company in March 1943 thru the rest of the war. Commanding his company throughout the final stages of the Tunisian Campaign, taking part in the invasion of Italy, Normandy and fighting in NW until VE Day in May 1945, awarded the Distinguished Service Order August 1945. With the of the War in Europe, Gibbs was posted to the SE Asia Theatre and after Japan’s surrender, he was posted to the 5th Parachute Brigade as Major but returned to the 2nd KRRC after the 5th Para was disbanded. Gibbs was promoted to captain in 1946, deployed to Palestine with the 7th (Light Infantry) Parachute Btn in the 6th Airborne Div. After service in Sandhurst and Germany he became a staff officer in Whitehall. In 1960 he was named CO, 3rd Btn, Parachute Regt, and, in 1963, as temporary brigadier, commanded the 16th Parachute Brigade deployed to Cyprus. Promoted to Colonel in 1964, he was posted to Aden as chief of staff to the commander of the operation to evacuate all British troops and civilians during the Aden Emergency. He was promoted to brigadier 1966 and awarded an OBE in 1968. He was appointed Commander of British Land Forces in the Persian Gulf in 1969 and became Commander of 1st (British) Corps as Lieut. General in 1972 and C-in-C, UK Land Forces as General 1974. He became ADC General to the Queen and Chief of the General Staff in 1976. He was promoted to Field Marshal 1979 on his retirement from the Army. TLS on 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ green Ministry of Defence Letterhead, Whitehall, London, March 30 1977, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, US Army War College, salutation, closing and day in Gibbs’ hand. Gibbs sees great value in everything that “serves to increase contact and understanding between our two countries, both of which the Kermit Roosevelt Lecture series achieves in great measure.” They are keen to send their lecturer to the US and are glad to welcome the AWC lecturer, Gibbs would be happy to personally welcome Smith. With envelope. There is an annual lecture series given in the United States by a British Army general officer and in the United Kingdom by a US Army general officer named in memory of Kermit Roosevelt (son of Theodore Roosevelt) since 1947. DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920 -1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. Joined the Army 1942, commissioned 2nd lieutenant, with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. Wounded 3 times, awarded Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged 1946, returned to active duty in Korea and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, a battalion XO and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. Led a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

Condition: Very good, faint clip stain remnant at top left, pencil dockets top right
Type:Letter






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