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List of commanders-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army

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The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army (Thai: ผู้บัญชาการทหารบก) is headquartered in Bangkok. The commander of the Royal Thai Army is a powerful position that has at times been the springboard to the premiership. Prior to 1932, the post of Commander of the Siamese Army was combined with that of the Kalahom Department.

Chief of the Royal Thai Army
ผู้บัญชาการทหารบก
Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army.svg
Rank flag of the commander-in-chief
Incumbent
General Apirat Kongsompong

since 1 October 2018
Member ofRTA
NCPO
Reports toMinister of Defence
NominatorMinister of Defense
AppointerKing of Thailand
Inaugural holderPrince Damrong Rajanubhab
Formation1887
WebsiteThai Army Commander

The following individuals have commanded the Royal Thai Army:

Contents

Royal Siamese ArmyEdit

Name Title Took office Left office Time in office
1Rajanubhab, DamrongGeneral
Ditsawarakuman, the Prince Damrong Rajanubhab
(1862–1943)
Grand-officer to the army8 April 188715 April 18903 years, 7 days
2Surasakmontri, ChaoField Marshal
Chao Phraya Surasakmontri
(1862–1943)
Commander of the Department of Army15 April 189027 March 18921 year, 347 days
3Savangwongse, BhanurangsiField Marshal
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
(1859–1928)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation1 April 189216 March 18963 years, 350 days
4Nuwattiwong, NarisaraGeneral
Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong
(1863–1947)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation16 March 18961 April 18993 years, 16 days
(3)Savangwongse, BhanurangsiField Marshal
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
(1859–1928)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation1 April 18998 August 19012 years, 129 days
5Voradej, ChirapravatiField Marshal
Prince Chirapravati Voradej
(1859–1928)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation
Minister of Defense
8 August 19014 February 191311 years, 180 days
6Dejanuchit, ChaoField Marshal
Chao Phraya Bodindhra Dejanuchit [th]
(1856–1921)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation1 April 191425 August 1921 †7 years, 146 days
7Dejanuchit, ChaoGeneral
Chao Phraya Bodindechanuchit [th]
(1867–1961)
Minister of Defense1 April 19223 August 19264 years, 124 days
8Sukhumbandhu, ParibatraField Marshal
Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
(1881–1944)
Minister of Defense3 August 192631 March 19281 year, 241 days
9BoworadetGeneral
Prince Boworadet
(1881–1944)
Minister of Defense25 October 192816 June 19312 years, 234 days
10Chalermlabha, VudhijayaGeneral
Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha
(1881–1944)
Minister of Defense8 November 193128 June 1932233 days

Royal Thai ArmyEdit

No. Portrait Rank Name Term begins Term ends
11
(1)
  General Phraya Phahonphonphayuhasena
(Phot Phahonyothin)
1932 1938
12
(1)
  Field Marshal Luang Phibunsongkhram
(Plaek Phibunsongkhram)
1938 1944
13   Lieutenant General Phichit Kriangsakphichit 6 Aug 1944 24 Aug 1944
11
(2)
  General Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena
(Phot Phahonyothin)
1944 1946
14   General Adul Aduldejcharat
(Bhat Peungprakhun)
1946 1947
12
(2)
  Field Marshal Luang Phibunsongkhram
(Plaek Phibunsongkhram)
1947 1948
15   Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan 1948 1954
16   Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat 1954 1963
17   Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn 1963 1964
18   Field Marshal Praphas Charusathien 1964 1973
19   General Kris Sivara 1973 1975
20   General Boonchai Bamroongpong 1975 1976
21   General Serm Na Nagara 1976 1978
22   General Prem Tinsulanonda 1978 1981
23   General Prayut Jarumanee 1981 1982
24   General Arthit Kamlang-ek 1982 1986
25   General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 1986 1990
26   General Suchinda Kraprayoon 1990 1992
26   General Isarapong Noonpakdee 7 Apr 1992 31 Jul 1992
28   General Vimol Vongvanich 1992 1995
29   General Pramon Plasindhi 1995 1996
30   General Chettha Thannajaro 1996 1998
31   General Surayud Chulanont 1998 2002
32   General Somtat Attanand 2002 2003
33   General Chaiyasit Shinawatra 2003 2004
34   General Prawit Wongsuwan 2004 2005
35   General Sonthi Boonyaratglin 2005 2007
36   General Anupong Paochinda 2007 2009
37   General Prayut Chan-o-cha[1] 2010 2014
38   General Udomdej Sitabutr 2014 2015
39   General Teerachai Nakwanich 2015 2016
40   General Chalermchai Sitthisart 2016 2018
41   General Apirat Kongsompong[2] 2018 Incumbent

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile: Thai General Prayuth Chan-ocha". BBC News. 2014-08-21. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ Nanuam, Wassana (29 September 2018). "New chief to 'strengthen' army". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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