Thord Bonde

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Thord Bonde
Swedish Major General Thord Bonde.jpg
Birth nameThord C:son Bonde
Born(1900-03-17)17 March 1900
Stockholm, Sweden
Died18 October 1969(1969-10-18) (aged 69)
Danderyd, Sweden
Allegiance Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Army
Years of service1920–1963
RankGeneral
Commands held
Battles/wars Arab–Israeli conflict
Relations Carl Bonde (father)
Carl C:son Bonde (brother)
Other workChief of His Majesty's Military Staff

General Count Thord C:son (Carlsson) Bonde af Björnö (17 March 1900  18 October 1969) was a Swedish Army officer. His senior commands include military commander of the VII Military District in 1955, commander of the III Military District from 1955 to 1957 and Chief of the Army from 1957 to 1963.

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Career

Bonde was born on 17 March 1900 in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of Crown Equerry, Count Carl Bonde and his first wife Blanche (née Dickson). He was brother of Carl C:son Bonde and half-brother of financier and cabinet chamberlain Peder Bonde. [1]

Bonde became second lieutenant in the Life Regiment Hussars (K 3) in 1920 and captain of the General Staff in 1932. He was promoted to major in 1941, lieutenant colonel in 1943 and served as military attaché in Washington, D.C. from 1943 to 1945. He was promoted to colonel in 1946 and was appointed head of Section 1 and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff the same year. [1] Bonde was Chief of Staff of United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) from May 1948 to July 1948 when Åge Lundström succeeded him. [2] On 6 July 1948, Bonde was subjected to Arab firing as he intervened in a battle that occurred near the Arab village of Jaba' south of Haifa en route to Tel Aviv. Bonde was rescued from the situation by a UN jeep. [3] Bonde returned to Sweden from Damascus on 13 July. [4]

Back in Sweden, Bonde continued serving as head of Section 1 in the Defence Staff until February 1950 when he was appointed second-in-command of the Svea Life Guards (I 1). [5] He took command of the regiment on 1 October 1950. [6] He then served as head of the Swedish National Defence College from 1953 to 1955. Bonde was promoted to major general in 1954. [1] Bonde was the military commander of the VII Military District in 1955 and the III Military District from 1955 to 1957 when he was promoted to lieutenant general. He was Chief of the Army from 1957 to 1963 and was appointed general upon his retirement in 1963. [1]

Other work

Bonde was chief of His Majesty's Military Staff from 1963 to 1969 and chairman of the Directorate of the Swedish Nobility Foundation (Riddarhusdirektionen) from 1965. [1]

Personal life

In 1926, Bonde married Anna-Greta Sjöberg (1900–1983), [7] the daughter of the state agricultural engineer A. L. G. Sjöberg and his wife. He was the father of Birgitta (born 1927), Margaretha (born 1931) and Claes (born 1941). [8]

Dates of rank

Awards and decorations

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Foreign

Honours

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Military offices
Preceded by
Nils Swedlund
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
1946–1950
Succeeded by
Moje Östberg
Preceded by
Nils Swedlund
Section 1 of the Defence Staff
1946–1950
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
None
United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
May 1946–July 1948
Succeeded by
Åge Lundström
Preceded by
Gösta von Stedingk
Svea Life Guards
1950–1953
Succeeded by
Malcolm Murray
Preceded by
Richard Åkerman
Swedish National Defence College
1953–1955
Succeeded by
Ivar Backlund
Preceded by
Ivar Backlund
IV Military District
1955–1955
Succeeded by
Hilding Kring
Preceded by
Sven Colliander
III Military District
1955–1957
Succeeded by
Richard Åkerman
Preceded by
Carl August Ehrensvärd
Chief of the Army
1957–1963
Succeeded by
Curt Göransson
Court offices
Preceded by
Hugo Cederschiöld
Chief of His Majesty's Military Staff
1963–1969
Succeeded by
Gustav Åkerman