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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Berger
BERGER, Colonel Oliver Charles (1913-1998)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
6 boxes or 0.06m3 and one file


Name of creator(s)

Berger, Oliver Charles, 1913-1998, Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1913; Lt, Royal Scots Greys, 1939; service in Middle East and Italy, World War Two; in charge of Directorate for re-education and repatriation of German POWs, under Foreign Office Political Intelligence Department, 1946; Capt, A Sqn, Royal Scots Greys, Germany, 1948; service with Army, Navy and Air Force Intelligence Centre, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, 1950-1952; Military Attache, British Embassy, Rangoon, Burma, 1954-1957; retired from Army, 1960; service in Joint Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Defence, 1964-1971; Director of Overseas Defence Relations, Ministry of Defence, 1971-1980; retired, 1980.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 2000

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, of Col Oliver Charles Berger, 1934-1983, comprising: Papers relating to Berger's education and early career, including: notes and essays on the history of political thought, 1934; Wilton Park Training Centre lecture notes and leaflets for German POWs 1946; correspondence relating to Berger's appointments and awards, 1946-1958; standing orders, memoranda and notes relating to A Sqn, Royal Scots Greys, Lopshorn Training Camp, Germany, Jul-Aug 1948; annual confidential reports on Berger, 1951-1953 and 1955-1957. Papers relating to diplomatic service and international relations, 1954-1980, including: reports, correspondence, guest lists and notes relating to Berger's service as Military Attache, British Embassy, Rangoon, Burma, 1954-1957, with notes on visits to London by senior Burmese military personnel, 1956. General background information, 1956-1983, including: US government publication, 'Mutual inspection for peace', [1956], relating to the role of aerial reconnaissance and photographic interpretation in US-USSR mutual inspection and peace-keeping; press cuttings, 1961-1980, chiefly relating to the Middle East, Africa, USSR, South East Asia and British nuclear policy; speeches made by Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1970-1971.

System of arrangement

The files are arranged broadly chronologically, as described above.

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.

Please note: Papers relating to diplomatic service and international relations are CLOSED, for review in 2080.

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 Archives and Corporate Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Kate O'Brien, Oct 2003

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

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Oct 2003

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  • Defence
  • Diplomacy
  • East West relations
  • Foreign relations
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military liaison
  • Military missions
  • State security
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Berger, Oliver Charles, 1913-1998, Colonel
  • Berger, Oliver Charles, 1913-1998, Colonel
  • Home, Alexander Frederick, Douglas-, 1903-1995, Baron Home of the Hirsel, statesman

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Central Africa
  • East Africa
  • Middle East
  • Myanmar, South East Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • USSR, Eastern Europe
  • West Africa, Africa

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