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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Alford
ALFORD, Col Johnathan R (1933-1986)
Created 1974-[1976]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file.


Name of creator(s)

Alford, Jonathan R, 1933-1986, Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1933; educated at Rugby School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into Royal Engineers, 1953; Lt, 1955; assisted in preparation of nuclear tests on Christmas Island [1957-1958]; Capt, 1959; Maj, 1964; Military Assistant to the Chief of General Staff, 1965-1966; Lt Col, 1970; Col, 1974; served on General Staff of UK Land Forces 1974-1976; Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies 1977-1986; died in 1986.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1987.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Draft of a text on strategy and tactics on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945, written in [1974]; draft article describing tour of duty of battalion of Royal Engineers in Belfast, [1969-1973], written in 1974; draft of a text on the changing concept of defence, primarily concerned with the shift from positional defence to mobile defence, [1976].

System of arrangement

1 file.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives



Compiled June 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Defence
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military theory
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Alford, Jonathan R, 1933-1986, Colonel
  • Alford, Jonathan R, 1933-1986, Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Royal Engineers


  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • London, England

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