Major General Sir Percy Hobart Percy Hobart joined the Royal Engineers in 1904 and then in 1906 transferred to the engineers in the Indian Army. He fought in France, Mesopotamia and Palestine and at the end of the Great War, twice decorated, he was sent to the Staff College. A brilliant staff officer he joined the Royal Tank Corps in 1923 at a time when the British armoured force had only feeble resources available. Percy Hobart fought for modernisation in the face of opinions which maintained that it was sufficient to equip the armoured forces with only a few obsolete tanks in spite of the fact that the British had invented the tank". He became Inspector of the Royal Tank Corps in 1934 and at the same time, commander of the 1st Tank Brigade. His criticisms, however, did not please his superiors and he was relieved of his command and retired in 1939, retaining his rank of major-general to which he had been promoted in 1937. Before his departure he had had time to form the 7th Armoured Division in the Middle East that had such a high standard of training that it distinguished itself in the Desert War. Percy Hobart Hobart then joined the Local Defence Volunteers (later the Home Guard) as a humble corporal but later became Deputy Area Organiser But, after the disaster suffered by the BEF in France It was urgent to reorganise the British Army. Churchill had appreciated Hobart's forthright opinions and entrusted him in 1941 with the setting up of a new armoured division, the 11th. When that unit became operational, Hobart was again sacked for medical reasons and forbidden to lead it into battle. In 1942, however, he was given command of a new unit, the 79th Armoured Division, the history of which was intimately linked to its commander's personality and he remained to lead until it was disbanded in 1945. General Hobart was decorated with the KBE, CB, DSO and MC. He died in 1957.