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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Cary-Elwes
CARY-ELWES, Lt Col Oswald Aloysius Joseph (1913-1994)
Created 1944, [1965], 1987
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Elwes, Oswald Aloysius Joseph, Cary-, 1913-1994, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1913; 2nd Lt, Royal Lincolnshire Regt, 1933; Lt, 1936; General Staff Officer Grade 3, HQ Western Command, 1940; Bde Maj, Nigerian Bde, 1940-1942; Capt, 1941;General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1 Lines of Communication Sub-Area, North Africa, 1942-1943, 20 Liaison HQ, 1944, and North West Europe, 1945-1946; served with the French Special Air Service, 1944; General Staff Officer Grade 1, North West Europe, 1946; Maj, 1946; General Staff Officer Grade 2, British Military Mission to France, 1947; AMA (General Staff Officer 2), Cairo, 1949-1951; General Staff Officer Grade 2 later Grade 1, HQ Allied Forces in Central Europe, 1955-1958; Lt Col, 1956; General Staff Officer Grade 1, French Forces in Germany, 1958-1959; retired, 1968; died in 1994.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre in 1995 from originals loaned by the family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers relating to his service with the French Special Air Service, France, 1944, some dated 1944, [1965] and 1987, principally comprising 'Looking back to the French SAS in Brittany, 1944', article by Cary-Elwes from the [Military Intelligence Review], 1947; pamphlet on Operation BONAPARTE, an operation to help Allied airmen to escape from occupied Europe, 1944-1945, published in the USA in [1965]; typescript text on the French Special Air Service, 1940-1946, written by [Cary-Elwes] in 1987; manuscript account of his service with Cary-Elwes and the French Special Air Service, Brittany, 1944, by Cpl Eric Mills, Cary-Elwes' batman, ND .

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 Jun 1997

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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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Bonaparte (1944-1945)
  • Organizations
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Elwes, Oswald Aloysius Joseph, Cary-, 1913-1994, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Mills, Eric, Corporal, fl 1944, batman of Lt Col Oswald Aloysius Joseph Cary-Elwes

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Brittany, France

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