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 [Canal Zone Egypt, Cyprus EOKA campaigh, Northern Ireland]]
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.


Thompson was educated at Sherborne School.

Military career[edit]

Thompson joined the Royal Marines in 1952,[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,[2] he retired in 1986.[1]

In retirement he has written extensively on the Falklands conflict and other aspects of British military history including the Iraq War,[3] he is also a visiting professor at the department of War Studies, King's College, University of London.[1]



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