Sir John Greer Dill

(1881—1944) army officer

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(1881–1944), British Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) from May 1940 to December 1941, and then the representative of the British Chiefs of Staff committee in Washington.

After a brilliant career in the First World War, which he ended as a brigadier-general, Dill was appointed to command the 1st British Corps in September 1939. He was promoted general the following month, but his corps saw no action before he was recalled in April 1940 to become Vice-CIGS. He succeeded Ironside as CIGS the following month and it was his misfortune to preside over a disastrous period in British military history. He was plagued by ill health, failed to see eye-to-eye with Churchill, who nicknamed him ‘Dilly-Dally’, and after being promoted field marshal was obliged to retire in December 1941 to make way for Brooke.


From The Oxford Companion to World War II in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Second World War.

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