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Royal Thai Army
กองทัพบกไทย
Royal Thai Army Seal.svg
Emblem of the Royal Thai Army
Active 8 May 1874 (145 years)
Country  Thailand
Allegiance King of Thailand
Type Army
Role Ground warfare
Size 210,000 (est.)
Part of Flag of the Royal Thai Armed Forces HQ.svg Royal Thai Armed Forces
Emblem of the Ministry of Defence of Thailand.svg Ministry of Defence
HQ Royal Thai Army Headquarters, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Motto(s) เพื่อชาติ ศาสน์ กษัตริย์ และประชาชน ("For the Nation, Religions, Monarchy, and People")
Colours Red
March มาร์ชกองทัพบก
(Army March)
Anniversaries 18 January
(Royal Thai Armed Forces Day)
Engagements
  • Haw wars
  • Franco-Siamese War
  • World War I
  • Boworadet rebellion
  • World War II
    • Franco–Thai War
    • Pacific War
      • Burma Campaign
      • Malayan Campaign
  • Cold War
    • Korean War
    • Malayan Emergency
    • Laotian Civil War
    • Cambodian Civil War
    • Vietnam War
    • Communist insurgency in Thailand
    • Communist insurgency in Malaysia
    • Cambodian–Vietnamese War
    • Vietnamese border raids in Thailand
    • Thai–Laotian Border War
  • Persian Gulf War
  • International Force East Timor
  • Global War on Terrorism
  • Operation Pochentong
  • Southern Insurgency
  • United Nations peacekeeping
    • United Nations Iraq–Kuwait Observation Mission
    • United Nations Operation in Burundi
    • United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor
    • United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur
    • United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
    • United Nations Mission in Sudan
  • Cambodian–Thai border stand-off
  • 2008 Thai political crisis
Commanders
Commander-in-chief Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army.svg General Apirat Kongsompong
Notable
commanders
Phraya Phahonphonphayuhasena
Plaek Phibunsongkhram
Sarit Thanarat
Thanom Kittikachorn
Prem Tinsulanonda
Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
Suchinda Kraprayoon
Surayud Chulanont
Sonthi Boonyaratglin
Prayut Chan-o-cha
Insignia
Royal Thai Army Flag Flag of the Royal Thai Army.svg
Unit Colour Royal Thai Army Unit Colour.svg

The Royal Thai Army (Thai: กองทัพบกไทย) is the army of Thailand. It is responsible for protecting Thailand's sovereignty (protecting the country). It is the oldest and largest branch of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. The army was formed in 1874. This was just before the Bowring Treaty was signed with Britain. The treaty opened up Thailand for international trade.

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