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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Deane-Drummond
DEANE-DRUMMOND, Maj Gen Anthony John (b.1917)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box (0.005 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)
Drummond, Anthony John Deane-, b 1917, Major General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1917; educated at Marlborough College and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned, Royal Signals, 1937; war service in Europe and N Africa, Prisoner of War, Italy, 1941 (escaped 1942); Lt 1940; acting Capt 1942, acting Maj, 1943, Capt 1945; Staff College, 1945; acting Lt Col 1945; Bde Maj, 3rd Parachute Rgt, 1946-1947; Instructor, RMA Sandhurst, 1949-1951; Maj 1950, Instructor, Staff College, 1952-1955; Lt Col 1956; Commanding Officer, 22 Special Air Service (SAS) Rgt, 1957-1960; Col 1961; acting Brig 1961; Bde Cdr 44 Parachute Bde, 1961-1963; Asst Commandant, RMA Sandhurst, 1963-1966; Brig 1964; Maj Gen 1966; GOC 3rd Div, 1966-1968; Asst Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), 1968-1970; retired 1971 Publications: Return Ticket (1951); Riot Control (1975); Arrows of Fortune (autobiography), (Leo Cooper, London, 1991)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Given by Maj Gen Deane-Drummond, Oct 2000

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Major General Anthony John Deane-Drummond on 22 Regiment Special Air Service (SAS) Operations in Muscat and Oman, 1958-1959, comprising reports, operational instructions, correspondence, signals and situation reports. Including reports on the death of Cpl D Swindells, operational patrol led by Sgt Herbie Hawkins (Hawkins was awarded the DCM and the operation became known as the "Battle of Hawkins Hump"); letters from Maj John Watts, commanding D Sqn, 22 SAS, including account of patrols led by Capt Peter Edgar de la Couer de la Billiere; report on attack on Akhbat, Oman, and deaths of Troopers A Bembridge and W Carter; report on reconnaissance operations on the Jebel Akhdar, Oman, Feb 1959 by Capt W J Spreull; draft of report by Deane-Drummond on Operations by 22 SAS Regiment in Oman, Nov 1958-Feb 1959

System of arrangement

1 file, listed and arranged by Maj Gen Deane-Drummond

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

List compiled by Maj Gen Deane-Drummond

Allied materials

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

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON (GB 0099) holds the papers of Maj Gen Corran William Brooke Purdon (b 1921) containing material on his command of the Sultan's Armed Forces, Oman 1967-1970; papers of Brig Peter Trevenan Thwaites (1926-1991) containing reports, correspondence, memoranda, maps, notes and press cuttings relating to the Dhofar War, Muscat and Oman, 1967-1971; and the papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry LIDDELL HART including newspaper cuttings relating to the Persian Gulf, 1946-1964, in particular rebellion by tribal leaders in Oman, Jul 1957, including British military support of Sultan Said bin Taimur of Muscat and Oman, Jul-Aug 1957, and article by Lt Col Anthony John Deane-Drummond 'Operations in the Oman' in the British Military Review , Sep 1959 and Muscat and Oman issued by the Central Office of Information (Nov 1962). (Ref GB 0099 KCLMA LH 15/5/500).

Description control

Archivist's Note
Sources: Who's Who, 2000, Army Lists, The SAS: Savage Wars of Peace by Anthony Kemp, John Murray Ltd, London 1994. 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.

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Date(s) of descriptions
Aug 2001

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  • Armed forces
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security

Personal names

  • Bembridge, A, d 1959, Trooper, Special Air Service
  • Billiere, Sir, Peter Edgar, de la Couer de la, b 1934, General
  • Carter, W, d 1959, Trooper, Special Air Service
  • Drummond, Anthony John, Deane-, b 1917, Major General
  • Hawkins, Herbie, fl 1958-1959, Sergeant, Special Air Service
  • Spreull, W J, fl 1958-1959, Captain
  • Swindells, D, d 1959, Corporal, Special Air Service

Corporate names

  • Special Forces, Special Air Service


  • Muscat, Oman, Gulf States, Middle East

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