Soldier. Chief of the imperial general staff for much of the Second World War, Brooke was the son of an Irish baronet and a member of the protestant ascendancy. After the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich from 1902 he spent the Great War on the western front as an artillery officer. At the outbreak of the Second World War he was a lieutenant‐general in charge of anti‐aircraft defence. After commanding in France, he was appointed commander‐in‐chief home forces in 1940 after Dunkirk and the following year became chief of the imperial general staff. He was capable of standing up to and working with Churchill, whose boldness and imagination he complemented with sober planning.
Subjects: Second World War.