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

FM Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/9

1940 May 30-1940 Jun 2

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file, 4a: Gen Sir John Greer Dill's correspondence with Lt Gen Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Norway, notably concerning progress of operations in Norway, May 1940, including capture of Narvik, 28 May 1940.

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/10

1941 Feb 5-1941 Jun 26

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file, 4b: Gen Sir John Greer Dill's correspondence between Lt Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, India, notably concerning training of Indian Army, shortage of equipment for Indian forces, the need for air support for India, strategic importance of Middle East, plans for landing of Indian troops at Basra, Iraq (Operation SABINE) and progress of operations in Iraq, May 1941.

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/11

1941 Jul 4-1941 Dec 24

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file, 4c: mainly correspondence between Gen Sir John Greer Dill, Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, and Rt Hon Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Prime Minister, Jul-Nov 1941, concerning military situation in the Middle East and preparations for offensive in the Western Desert, particularly the supply of reinforcements of troops and tanks and reasons for delay in beginning operations; letter to Auchinleck from Churchill, 8 Jul 1941, on press reports of Auchinleck's comments on the need for American manpower in the war against Germany; telegram from Auchinleck to Churchill, 30 Nov 1941, passing on views of Middle East Defence Committee on Allied assistance to Turkey; correspondence between Brooke and Auchinleck, Dec 1941, concerning Auchinleck's private telegrams to Churchill and command organisation in the Middle East; telegrams from Auchinleck to Churchill, Dec 1941, reporting on progress of operations in Western Desert. With typescript note on content of letters in this file by [Marian C Long, research assistant to Royal Regiment of Artillery and Sir Arthur Wynne Morgan Bryant, 1955].

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/12

1941 Dec 31-1942 Feb 6

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file, 4d: mainly operation instructions issued by Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, 31 Dec 1941, on defence of Syria and conduct of possible operations in Turkey; letters to Brooke and Rt Hon Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Prime Minister, from Auchinleck, Jan-Feb 1942, reporting on progress of operations in the Western Desert; letters from Auchinleck to Churchill, 12 Jan 1942, giving reasons for failure of Allied operations in Cyrenaica; correspondence between Auchinleck and Brooke, 12 Jan-6 Feb 1942, notably concerning Auchinleck's proposals for reorganisation of forces in Middle East to ensure greater co-ordination between tanks, infantry and artillery, over-optimistic intelligence reports of strength of German forces in Middle East and withdrawal of troops from Middle East to Far East.

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/13

1942 Feb 7-1942 Jul 3

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file, 4e: including letters to Brooke from Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, 7 Feb-7 Mar 1942, notably concerning Auchinleck's proposals for reorganisation of Middle East Forces to ensure greater co-ordination between tanks, infantry and artillery; memoranda between Brooke and Rt Hon Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Prime Minister, 10-11 Mar 1942, concerning Auchinleck's refusal to return to London to meet with Churchill and Chiefs of Staff and the possibility of replacing him as Commander-in-Chief, Middle East; letter to Brooke from Auchinleck, 15 Mar 1942, expressing his dissatisfaction at the standard of leadership of some of the Royal Armoured Corps unit commanders; letter from Brooke to Auchinleck, 16 Mar 1942, informing him of Churchill's displeasure at delays to Libyan offensive; correspondence between Brooke and Auchinleck, 3 May-13 Jun 1942, notably concerning importance of defending India against possible Japanese attack, need for more tanks for projected Libyan offensive, and reorganisation of command system in Persia and Iraq; telegram from [Richard Gardiner Casey], Minister of State [Resident in the Middle East], to Churchill, 14 Jun 1942, describing critical military situation in Western Desert and expressing his confidence in Auchinleck's leadership; telegrams between Auchinleck, Churchill and Lt Gen Archibald Edward Nye, Vice-Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 25-29 Jun 1942, concerning Auchinleck's assumption of command of 8 Army.

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/14

1942 Jul 6-1943 Mar 27

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file 4f: including telegrams to Lt Gen Thomas William Corbett, Chief of General Staff, Middle East, from Lt Gen Archibald Edward Nye, Vice-Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 6 Jul 1942, and to Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, from Brooke, 13 Jul 1942, concerning Cabinet's decision to hold enquiry into circumstances surrounding fall of Tobruk, 21 Jun 1942; telegram to Auchinleck from Brooke, 14 Jul 1942, quoting telegram from FM Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of Union of South Africa, to Union High Commissioner, London, concerning possible effect on Dominion relations of rumours about role of Maj Gen Klopper, Commanding Officer, 2 South African Div, in fall of Tobruk, 21 Jun 1941; correspondence between Brooke and Auchinleck, 17-25 Jul 1942, concerning progress of operations in Western Desert, problems of using Dominion forces and reorganisation of system of command in Persia and Iraq; letter from Auchinleck to Brooke, 14 Aug 1942, criticising the proposal to separate Iraq and Persia from Middle East Command and refusing appointment as Commander-in-Chief of proposed new Iraq/Persia Command; typescript excerpts from diary of Lt Gen Bernard Law Montgomery, [Aug 1942], describing demoralised and disorganised state of 8 Army, Aug 1942; memorandum to Brooke and Sir (Percy) James Grigg, Secretary of State for War, from Rt Hon Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Prime Minister, 2 Mar 1943, regarding the replacement of Auchinleck as a military commander in the field; correspondence between Brooke and Rt Hon Leopold Stennett Amery, Secretary of State for India, 15-27 Mar 1943, concerning Auchinleck's future employment prospects and possibility of awarding him a GCB.

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/15

1943 Feb 20-1944 Dec 15

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file 4g: including Brooke's correspondence with FM Sir Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander-in Chief, India, 20-22 Feb 1943, concerning proposed appointment of Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck as Commander-in-Chief, India; draft telegram from Rt Hon Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Prime Minister, to Auchinleck, 16 Jun 1943, informing him of his appointment as Commander-in-Chief, India; letters to Brooke from Auchinleck, 14 Jul 1943-11 Oct 1944, notably concerning the setting up of South East Asia Command, responsibility for administration of medical services in India and South East Asia Command, the strength and composition of Army in India, operational honours and awards for General HQ, India, and report to Army Council by Gen Sir Ronald Forbes Adam, 2nd Bt, Adjutant General to the Forces, on his visit to India, [Jan 1944]; telegrams, 8-9 Dec 1944, between Auchinleck, Alanbrooke and Gen Sir Ronald Forbes Adam, 2nd Bt, Adjutant General to the Forces, concerning implementation of the PYTHON scheme for repatriation of overseas forces and the decision to postpone return from India of certain Royal Corps of Signals personnel.

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ALANBROOKE: 6/2/16

1945 Feb 14-1945 Oct 30

Chief of Imperial General Staff semi-official file 4h: correspondence between Brooke and Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, India, 14 Feb-15 Oct 1945, notably concerning status of the infantry in the Indian Army, the implementation of the PYTHON scheme for repatriation of overseas forces, the proposed dissolution of Allied Land Forces, South East Asia, the possibility of introducing a battle proficiency badge for Indian Army infantry, and the employment of Gurkha units in post-war Indian Army; letter from Lt Gen Sir Oliver William Hargreaves Leese, 3rd Bt, Commander-in-Chief, Allied Land Forces, South East Asia, to [Sir Eric Bourne Bentinck Speed, Permanent] Under Secretary of State for War, 1 Mar 1945, enclosing and commenting on typescript notes by Gen Sir William Joseph Slim, Commander, 14 Army, on need to raise quality and status of infantry in British Army; memorandum to Brooke from Gen Hastings Lionel Ismay, Chief of Staff to Minister of Defence and Deputy Secretary (Military) to War Cabinet, 21 Mar 1945, enclosing copy of letter from Auchinleck to Maj Gen Walter David Alexander Lentaigne, Commander, Special Force, Burma, informing him that Special Force is to be disbanded.

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