- Nigel Bagnall
Sir Nigel Bagnall
Field Marshal Sir Nigel Bagnall
Born 10 February 1927
Died 8 April 2002(aged 75) Allegiance United Kingdom Service/branch British Army Years of service 1946 - 1989 Rank Field Marshal Commands held 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards
1st British Corps
British Army of the Rhine
Battles/wars Palestine Emergency
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Born in India and educated at Wellington College, he was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1946. He served in Palestine, Malaya (where as a platoon commander he was awarded the Military Cross), Singapore, Cyprus and Germany. Having changed regiments, in 1967 he became the Commanding Officer of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards.
In 1975 he was appointed General Officer Commanding 4th Division. In 1980 became commander of 1st British Corps (1 (BR) Corps) and then in 1982 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and Commander of NATO's Northern Army Group (COMNORTHAG).
During his time as Commander 1 (BR) Corps he was responsible reorganising all formation headquarters ('hardening and reducing'), introducing uniform unit and formation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and for reorienting the corps defence plan to non-positional defence and offensive action. As COMNORTHAG he carried this into NATO's strategy of forward defence, when he persuaded the Germans that some ground would have to be surrendered to withstand a massive Soviet attack.
He was Chief of the General Staff from 1985 to 1989.
He was also a military historian and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He wrote a history of the Punic wars published by Pimlico in 1990. Two months before his death, he had a book on the Peloponnesian War published.
- Heathcote, T.A. (1999). The British Field Marshals 1736-1997. Pen & Sword Books Ltd. ISBN 0-85052-696-5
Military offices Preceded by
General Officer Commanding the 4th Division
Sir Peter Leng
GOC 1st (British) Corps
1980 – 1983
Sir Martin Farndale
Sir Michael Gow
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine
Sir Martin Farndale
Sir John Stanier
Chief of the General Staff
Sir John Chapple
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