The Generals of WWII

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Portrait of Major-General Horace Leslie Birks

Birks, Horace Leslie

Major-General

* 7th of May 1897

† 25th of March 1985

(Royal Tank Regiment)

Promotions

1937-11-10 Local Lieutenant-Colonel
1939-10-25 Reverted to Major
1939-11-07 Acting Lieutenant-Colonel
1939-11-07 Acting Colonel
1939-12-01 Reverted to Acting Lieutenant-Colonel
1940-02-07 Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
1940-08-28 Acting Colonel
1941-02-03 War Substantive Lieutenant-Colonel
1941-02-03 Temporary Colonel
1941-09-22 Acting Brigadier
1942-03-22 Temporary Brigadier
1942-12-21 Acting Major-General
1943-12-21 War Substantive Colonel
1943-12-21 Temporary Major-General
1944-01-01 Colonel (Dated back to 21.12.1943)
1944-06-28 Reverted to Colonel
1944-08-28 Temporary Major-General
1946-08-01 Granted the honorary rank of Major-General

Service

1937-11-10 1938-03-16 Specially employed at Staff College Quetta [India]
1938-03-17 1939-10-25 Instructor at Staff College Quetta [India]
1939-12-01 1940-08-27 General Staff Officer 17th Amoured Division [North Africa]
1940-08-28 1941-XX-XX Second in Command 4th Amoured Brigade [North Africa]
1941-09-22 1941-11-01 Commanding Officer 126th Infantry Brigade
1941-11-01 1942-07-25 Commanding Officer 11th Amoured Brigade
1942-07-25 1942-10-26 Commanding Officer 11th Tank Brigade
1942-12-21 1943-01-11 General Officer Commanding ? Division
1943-01-12 1944-06-15 General Officer Commanding 10th Amoured Division [Middle East - North Africa]
1944-08-28 Major-General Royal Amoured Corps, Central Meditteranean Force
1946-08-01 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley