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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 Calvert
CALVERT Brig (James) Michael (1913-1998)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box (0.01 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)

Calvert, James Michael, 1913-1998, Brigadier

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1913; educated at Bradfield College, RMA Sandhurst and St John's College Cambridge; commissioned Royal Engineers, 1933; served with 14th Army, India and Burma, 1941-1945; commanded a column of the 77th Brigade on 1st Chindit Expedition, 1943; awarded DSO, 1943; acting Brig 1944; commanded 77th Brigade on 2nd Chindit Expedition, 1944; awarded Bar to DSO, 1944; commanded Special Air Service (SAS) Brigade, NW Europe, 1944-45; commanded Malayan Scouts (SAS Regiment), 1950-1951; court martialled and dismissed the Service, 1951. Writer and lecturer on guerrilla warfare and military history, 1952-1998; died 1998. Publications: Prisoners of Hope: The Campaign of the77th Infantry Brigade in Burma, 1944 (Jonathan Cape, London, 1952); Slim as a General (Pan Books, London, 1973).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Given by Dr J Cann, 1997.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Photographs taken by Brig (James) Michael Calvert on visits to Africa and South East Asia, 1971, comprising file of 56 photographs of visit to Rhodesia, 1971; file of 21 photographs of visit to South Vietnam, subjects include alarm posts, militia training, and the city of Dining; file of 29 photographs of visit to Guinea - Bissau, Nov 1971, mainly comprising photographs of captured Soviet weapons; file of 86 photographs of visit to Mozambique, Nov 1971, subjects include Portuguese troops in Porto Amelia and Nampula, street scenes in Nampula, press photographs of Samora Machel, President of the Frelimo guerrillas, and Jose Moyane, commander of the Frelimo forces in Tete Province; file of 21 photographs of visit to Angola, Nov 1971, subjects include Portuguese troops and street scenes in Luso.

System of arrangement

5 files, arranged by country

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

Captions in English

Finding aids

Summary guide available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

Imperial War Museum, London, holds papers relating to Calvert's service with Royal Engineers, chindits and on terrorism, 1933-1953

Publication note

Mad Mike: A Biography Of Brigadier Michael Calvert by David Rooney (Pen & Sword, London, 1997)

Description control

Archivist's Note

Source Times Obituary. Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project

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

Aug 2001

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  • Armed forces
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials

Personal names

  • Calvert, James Michael, 1913-1998, Brigadier
  • Calvert, James Michael, 1913-1998, Brigadier
  • Machel, Samora, 1933-1986, President of Mozambique
  • Moyane, Jose, fl 1971, Mozambique guerrilla leader


  • Dining, Viet Nam, South East Asia
  • Guinea Bissau, West Africa, Africa
  • Luso, Angola, Southern Africa
  • Nampula, Mozambique, Southern Africa
  • Porto Amelia, Mozambique, Southern Africa
  • Rhodesia
  • Zimbabwe, Southern Africa

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