Major Robert Wilson Gordon


Unit : Headquarters, 3rd Parachute Brigade

Army No. : 96687

Awards : Military Cross


Major Gordon landed by glider in Normandy on D Day and was in charge of the Royal Ulster Rifles 6-pdr Anti-tank guns, who were responsible for the anti-tank defence of Longueval. During the early days the village was repeatedly attacked by strong armoured forces from 21st Panzer Division. These attacks were driven off and several enemy tanks knocked out. His inspiring leadership and courage during these battles contributed to a great extent to the successes achieved by his Battalion.


In early August 1944 Major Gordon assumed the appointment of Brigade Major, 3rd Parachute Brigade, and carried out his duties with outstanding success during the battles in the Bois de Bavent and the Brigade's advance to the Seine which concluded in September 1944.


He was with the Brigade throughout the battles in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45.


After playing a leading part in the Brigade planning for the Rhine offensive, he dropped with them over the Rhine on the 24th March 1945. His complete disregard for danger and imperturbable disposition contributed in no small way to the great successes achieved by the Brigade immediately on their re-organisation at the conclusion of their drop.


After the breakout from the Rhine bridgehead until the Brigade reached Wismar on the Baltic, Major Gordon's outstanding staff work, calm judgement and advice contributed largely to the success of the Brigade's operation.


Throughout the campaigns in France and Germany from 6th June 1944 to 10th May 1945 Major Gordon's great devotion to duty and complete disregard of danger have proved an inspiring example to all ranks in the Brigade.


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