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Major General John Kiszely

Major General John Kiszely was commissioned into the Scots Guard from Sandhurst in 1969. He served as a platoon commander in the Regiments 2nd Battalion in Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and from 1975 to 1977 was Adjutant of the 1st Battalion. He then served as a Captain in the Ministry of Defence for two years before attending the Army Staff College. He subsequently returned to regimental duty as a company commander in the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, serving in the United Kingdom and the Falkland Islands. From 1982 to 1985 he was Chief of Staff of 7th Armoured Brigade and form 1986 to 1989 commanded the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in England, South Armagh and Germany.
Following a year as an instructor at the Staff College, Major General Kiszely attended the 1990 Higher Command and Staff Course and then served as Colonel Army Plans in the Ministry of Defence. From 1991 to 1993 he commanded 22nd and subsequently 7th Armoured Brigade in Germany and from 1993 to 1996 was Director of Studies and Deputy Commander of the Staff College. He then commanded the 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division from 1996 to 1998, including six months as Commander Multinational Division South West in Bosnia. He took up the appointment of Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Resource and Plans) - in September 1998. He also holds the honorary appointment of Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps.
Major General Kiszely is married with three young sons. His main recreational interests are sailing, fishing, music and chess. He is the author of The Contribution of Originality to Military Success (in The Science of War, ed. B. Holden-Reid, Brasseys, 1993). The British Army and Approaches to Warfare since 1945 (in Military Power: Land Warfare in Theory and Practice, ed. B. Holden-Reid, Frank Cass, 1997), The Meaning of Manoeuvre (RUSI Journal 144/6, December 1999) and Seizing The Advantage, Seizing The Initiative (RUSI Journal 145/4, August 2000; and British Army Review, Autumn 2000).