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 UNTSO
Svea Life Guards
Swedish National Defence College
VII Military Area
III Military Area
Chief of the Army
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 ilitary commander of the VII Military Area in 1955, commander of the III Military Area from 1955 to 1957 and Chief of the Army from 1957 to 1963.

Swedish Army land warfare branch of Swedens military

The Swedish Army is a branch of the Swedish Armed Forces whose main responsibility is land operations.

Gotland Military Command

Gotland Military Command previously VII Military Area was a Swedish military area, and later a command in the Swedish Armed Forces. It existed between the years 1942 and 2000. The staff of the military area was located within Gotland Garrison in Visby on Gotland.

Western Military Area, originally III Military Area was a Swedish military area, a command of the Swedish Armed Forces that had operational control over Western Sweden, for most time of its existence corresponding to the area covered by the counties of Gothenburg and Bohus, Älvsborg, Skaraborg and Halland. The headquarters of Milo V were located in Skövde.

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Career

Bonde was born 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]

Stockholm Capital of Sweden

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries; 965,232 people live in the municipality, approximately 1.6 million in the urban area, and 2.4 million in the metropolitan area. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Outside the city to the east, and along the coast, is the island chain of the Stockholm archipelago. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the county seat of Stockholm County.

Crown Equerry (Sweden)

Crown Equerry is a title of the head of the Swedish Royal Stables. It is also an honorary title awarded by the King of Sweden. Previously at the Royal Court there was also a Master of the Horse who had the highest transparency of the Royal Stables. The Crown Equerry who was head of the Royal Stables, was named First Crown Equerry. Today Colonel Ulf Gunnehed is the Crown Equerry and head of the Royal Stables.

Carl Bonde Swedish Army officer, equerry and horse rider

Count Carl Gustaf Bonde af Björnö was a Swedish Army officer, equerry and horse rider who competed at the 1912 and 1928 Olympics.

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]

Life Regiment Hussars

The Life Regiment Hussars is one of Europe's most victorious regiments and one of the world's oldest regiments still active. The regiment descends directly from units set up by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1536, when Sweden set up a draft of horses and men north and south of Stockholm. The regiment was very active in the 1600s and 1700s and helped win several key battles for Sweden on the European continent. Today, the regiment plays a central role in the Swedish Armed Forces and is the most active regiment in Swedish military international engagements.

The General Staff was a Swedish government agency established in 1873 and was active until 1937.

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

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He was second-in-command of the Svea Life Guards (I 1) from 1950 to 1953 and 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 Area in 1955 and the III Military Area 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]

Svea Life Guards

The Svea Life Guards, also I 1, was a Swedish Army infantry regiment that was active in various forms 1521–2000. The unit was based in the Stockholm garrison in Stockholm and belonged to the King's Life and Household Troops until 1974.

Swedish Defence University university college in Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish Defence University is situated on Drottning Kristinas väg 37 in Östermalm, Stockholm City Centre, next to the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology.

Chief of Army (Sweden) commander of the Swedish army

Chief of Army is the most senior appointment in the Swedish Army. The position Chief of Army was introduced in 1937 and the current form in 2014.

Other work

Bonde was chief of His Majesty's Military Staff from 1963 to 1969 and chairman of the Directorate of the House of the Nobility (Riddarhusdirektionen) from 1965. He became a member of Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences in 1945. [1]

His Majestys Military Staff

His Majesty's Military Staff is Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden's personal staff. It is led by the chief of staff and will support the King and the Royal Court of Sweden at official ceremonies, military exercises and representations. The chief of staff also participates in state visits. The staff belongs to the Swedish Armed Forces and is subordinate to the King directly. The chief of staff shall also assist the King with an on duty aide-de-camp. The King and the Crown Princess have twelve aide-de-camp's each and they serve a month a year as on duty aide-de-camp's. Their guard list is determined by the chief of staff. Prince Carl Philip has two aide-de-camp's. These aide-de-camp's support the Prince during the year at the times when he has official missions and requests an aide-de-camp. Since 1 October 2018, Lieutenant General Jan Salestrand serves as chief of staff.

House of Nobility (Sweden) palace built in 1641–1674, which is owned and managed by Swedens knights and nobility.

The House of Nobility in Stockholm, Sweden is a corporation and a building, that maintains records and acts as an interest group on behalf of the Swedish nobility.

The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, founded 12 November 1796 by Gustaf Wilhelm af Tibell, is one of the Royal Academies in Sweden. The Academy is an independent organization and a forum for military and defense issues. Membership is limited to 160 chairs under the age of 62.

Personal life

In 1926, Bonde married Anna-Greta Sjöberg (1900–1983), [3] 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). [4]

Dates of rank

Awards and decorations

Bonde's awards: [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Lagerström, Sten, ed. (1968). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1969 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1969] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 124.
  2. "UNITED NATIONS TRUCE SUPERVISION ORGANISATION 60th ANNIVERSARY" (PDF). UNTSO News Magazine. United Nations. p. 23. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  3. Olsson, Kjell. "Thord Carlsson-Bonde". www.tjelvar.se (in Swedish). Gotland militärhistoria & Gotlands trupper. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  4. 1 2 Harnesk, Paul, ed. (1962). Vem är vem? 1, Stor-Stockholm [Who is who? 1, Greater Stockholm] (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 183.
  5. "Count Thord Bonde: AWARDS AND CITATIONS". www.valor.militarytimes.com. Military Times. December 4, 1959. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
Military offices
Preceded by
Nils Swedlund
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
1946–1948
Succeeded by
Moje Östberg
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 Area
1955–1955
Succeeded by
Hilding Kring
Preceded by
Sven Colliander
III Military Area
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