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ALANBROOKE, FM Alan Francis, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke of Brookeborough (1883-1963)

Papers relating to his military commands, 1929-1941

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Lists of [Brooke's army colleagues] indicating those invited to dinner and tennis parties, compiled by Brooke's wife, Benita Blanche Brooke.

1 file


[1930], 1937

Letter, 18 Nov 1937, to Brooke from Maj Gen Arthur Edward McNamara, congratulating him on his appointment as Commander of Mobile Div. With manuscript copies of two extracts from confidential reports [on Brooke], [1930]

1 envelope



Scrapbook kept by Brooke, 1931-1940, mainly containing press cuttings relating to his service as Commander, Anti-Aircraft Corps, 1938-1939, General Officer Commanding, Anti-Aircraft Command, 1939, Commander, 2 Army Corps, British Expeditionary Force (BEF), 1939-1940, and Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces, 1940. With additional loose papers, 1930-1940, including memorandum, 10 Jun 1940, to Brooke from Rt Hon (Robert) Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for War, outlining his duties and responsibilities as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Troops in France; French Army memorandum on meeting between Brooke, French Gen Maxime Weygand, Commander-in-Chief, French Army, and French Gen Alphonse Georges, Commander of North East Front, 14 Jun 1940, to discuss possibility of establishing Allied bridgehead in North West France (additional copy at 6/2/58); draft of message sent by Brooke to Chief of the Imperial General Staff, reporting on his meeting with Weygand and Georges, 14 Jun 1940; summary of operations of British Expeditonary Force (BEF) in France, 1-18 Jun 1940, by Lt Gen James Handyside Marshall-Cornwall, 20 Jun 1940; draft of letter from Brooke to [War Office, Jun 1940], reporting on his visit to France, 12-19 Jun 1940, mainly his meeting with Weygand and Georges, 14 Jun 1940, and the withdrawal of remaining British Expeditionary Force (BEF) troops in France, 15-18 Jun 1940.

1 vol, 1 file



Correspondence and papers relating to Brooke's military commands, 1939-1940, including memorandum from Brooke to Anti-Aircraft Command, 28 Jul 1939, thanking all ranks for their support during his term as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief; letter to Brooke from Sir Herbert (James) Creedy, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War, 31 Aug 1939, notifying him of his appointment as Commander, 2 Corps; printed notes on identification of German units, [1939]; notebook containing notes relating to 2 Corps units, equipment and vehicles, [1939-1940]; Brooke's official pass and identity card, 1940; programme of visit by Brooke, Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces, to Southern Command, 13 Aug 1940

1 file



Correspondence and papers relating to Brooke's military commands, 1941, including letter to Brooke from Lt Gen Arthur Nugent Floyer-Acland, Military Secretary to Secretary of State for War, 2 Jan 1941, informing him of his appointment as Col Commandant, Royal Horse Artillery; letter to Brooke from Jack Collins, Staff College, Camberley, 9 Feb 1941, enclosing draft of his proposed broadcast on Home Defence and asking for Brooke's comments; letter from Rt Hon Sir (Percy) James Grigg, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War, 14 May 1941, informing him of his promotion to General.

1 file


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