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Lieutenant General Robin Vaughan Brims, CB, CBE, DSO, DL (born 27 June 1951) is a retired British Army officer. He was Commander of the Field Army at Land Command from 2005 to 2007.

Robin Brims
Born (1951-06-27) 27 June 1951 (age 68)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1970–2008
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldField Army
1st Armoured Division
24 Airmobile Brigade
3rd Battalion, The Light Infantry
Battles/warsBosnian War
Iraq War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order


Early lifeEdit

Brims was born and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] He was educated at Winchester College.[2]

Military careerEdit

Brims was commissioned into The Light Infantry in 1970.[1] After various military appointments, he took command of the 3rd Battalion The Light Infantry in 1989. He then took up an appointment at the Ministry of Defence, before taking command of 24 Airmobile Brigade in December 1994. He deployed to Bosnia as part of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps the following year.[3]

Brims went on to be Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Ireland in November 1996 and then Director of Plans & Resources in January 1999. He was appointed Commander of the Multi-National Division (South-West) in Bosnia in 2000,[3][4] after which he became General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Armoured Division in November 2000, deploying to Iraq in 2003.[1] For his service in Iraq he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.[5] He became Deputy Chief of Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood, before being deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq in April 2005. He became Commander of the Field Army later that year and retired from active duty in January 2008.[6]

Brims is a Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear and,[7] in 2017, was High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.[8]


  1. ^ a b c A commander who was never far from the action The Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2005
  2. ^ "Old Wykehamists honoured at Winchester College". The Times. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Brief biographical details of the senior UK commanders involved in Operation Telic". Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  4. ^ Commander MND-SW Major General R. V. Brims CBE, SFOR Informer Online. Retrieved 27 June 2009.
  5. ^ "No. 57100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 October 2003. p. 4.
  6. ^ "No. 58594". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 January 2008. p. 1275.
  7. ^ "Deputy Lieutenants". Tyne and Wear Lieutenancy. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. ^ "High Sheriffs". Retrieved 8 April 2017.

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