Julian Thompson (Royal Marines officer)

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Julian Thompson
Born (1934-10-07) 7 October 1934 (age 83)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1952–86
Rank Major General
Commands held 3 Commando Brigade
40 Commando
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Falklands War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major General Julian Howard Atherden Thompson, CB, OBE (born 7 October 1934) is a military historian and former Royal Marines officer who commanded 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War.

Early life and education[edit]

Thompson was born on 7 October 1934 to Major A. J. Thompson DSO MC and Mary Stearns Thompson (née Krause). He was educated at Sherborne School, an all-boys public school in Dorset.[1]

Military career[edit]

Thompson joined the Royal Marines in 1952.[2] Between 1954 and 1969, he served in 40, 42, 43, 45 Commandos Royal Marines.[1] During the 1960s he was deployed to Borneo for the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation. He was appointed commanding officer of 40 Commando in 1975 and commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1981 and, in that role, was British land commander on the Falkland Islands during the first phase of the conflict ashore.[3] Promoted to major general, he served as commander of the Training Reserve Forces and Special Forces RM from 1983 to 1986.[1] He retired in 1986.[2]

Later life[edit]

In retirement he has written extensively on the Falklands conflict and other aspects of British military history including the Iraq War.[4]

From 1987 to 1997, he was a senior research fellow in "logistics and armed conflict in the modern age" at King's College, University of London.[1] He has been a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies of King's since 1997.[1][2]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Thompson, Maj.-Gen. Julian Howard Atherden". Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U37539. 
  2. ^ a b c Limehouse Group of analysts
  3. ^ The long yomp to Stanley The Guardian, 5 May 2007
  4. ^ If Baghdad doesn't fall, it will crumble Guardian, 6 April 2003

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Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Wilkins
Brigadier Commanding 3 Commando Brigade
Succeeded by
Martin Garrod