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DILL, Field Marshal Sir John Greer (1881-1944)

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DILL 1 Papers relating to World War One, 1916-1918


DILL 1/1

1914 25 Jul-1917

Transcript of a lecture given by John Greer Dill at Staff College, on the 'History of South Africa' and undated manuscript notes on the first Battle of Gaza, 1917. 2 items.


DILL 1/2

1915-1918 Oct

Papers relating to John Greer Dill's service in France, including letter from Gen Sir Reginald Byng Stephens predicting the next moves of the German Army; telephone message from Col Beddington, 5 Army, reporting heavy bombardment, 21 Mar 1918; recommendations for Dill to receive a Distinguished Service Order and promotion to Major and letters of appreciation and congratulation to Dill on his promotions from Gen Sir Julian Byng, Jan 1916 and 2nd Lt Frank Nugent, Feb 1917. 8 items.


DILL 1/3

1917 Mar- Sep

37 Div operational orders for an attack on the Hindenburg Line compiled by John Greer Dill, including notes on training, artillery bombardment, tactical questions and communication. 12 items. 42pp.


DILL 1/4

1917 Apr

Papers on the Battle of Arras including extracts from 15 Div operational orders issued on the eve of the Battle and Battalion officer's report on the Battle. 41pp.


DILL 1/5

1917 Aug-Oct

Captured and translated German documents including 'the construction of defensive positions', by Gen Sixt Von Armin, 18 Aug 1917; 'Construction of positions for the coming winter', 5 Sep 1917; 'the reorganisation of the French Company', 15 Sep 1917; 'The experience gained during the English-French offensive, Spring 1917', 15 Oct 1917; 'New defensive tactics', 30 Oct 1917; divisional and regimental orders for the enemy's attack on British 33rd division, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 25 Sep 1917; divisional orders for 5th Guard Infantry Brigade, 29 Sep 1917 and 227 Infantry Div, 1 Oct 1917 and Army order of the German Fourth Army, Oct 1917. 9 items


DILL 1/6

1917 Dec-1918 Oct

Papers relating to the Allied forces on the Western Front including Orders for Fifth Army to relieve French troops, 19 Dec 1917; map of the disposition of troops at Ypres, 9 Dec 1917 and 13 Jan 1918; manuscript notes on German defence systems, manuscript notes on the annual conference of Allied Commanders in Chiefs, 1916 and manuscript notes on the ground situation on the Western Front at the end of 1917; copies of official letters and directives issued by Marshal Ferdinand Foch, in French, Jul-Oct 1918; notes on defence of regions of Armentieres, Ypres, Amiens, Arras, Bethune and Armentiers, 28 Dec 1917-5 Jan 1918 and manuscript notes on Allied forces in France, Mar-Sep [1918]. 14 items


DILL 1/7

1918 Feb-Mar

Inspection reports with maps and diagrams by Maj Bernard Charles Tolver Paget of visits to troops in France including 5th Army, Cavalry Corps, 7 Corps, 16th and 24th Divisions, 28 Feb-1 Mar; Tank Corps HQ, 3 Mar; 5th Army, 18 Corps, 30th, 36th and 61st Divisions, 4-5 Mar; 5th Army, 19 and 3 Corps, 18th and 58th Division, 7-8 Mar; 66th Division and 35th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 10 Mar; 3 Australian Squadron and 46 Squadron, 11 Mar; 7 Corps, 21st and 9th Divisions and 4th Brigade, Tank Corps, 12 Mar; 5th Army, 18 and 3 Corps, 58th Division, 174th Infantry Brigade, 14-15 Mar; 5th Army, 7, 18 and 19 Corps, 16th, 24th and 66th Division, 21 Mar; 7 Corps, 1st Cavalry Division, 16th , 21st and 35th Division, 24 Mar; 3rd Army, 5 and 7 Corps, 17th Division and 5th Army, 25 Mar. 12 items. 56pp.


DILL 1/8

1918 Jul-Nov

Operational orders for British 4 Army, detailing the 1918 Allied counter-attack and offensive of Jul-Nov (also known as the 'Hundred Days'). 20 items. 30pp. 3 maps.


DILL 1/9

1918 Aug-Sep

Battle instructions for the Australian Corps attack on the Somme, including use of artillery, armoured cars, infantry-aircraft cooperation and assembly details; maps including of France (the Somme), scale 1:40,000, sheet 62D, published by Ordnance Survey Jul 1918, captioned 'to accompany Australian Corps battle instructions No 1, dated 1 Aug 1918'. 40 items. 71pp. 4 maps.


DILL 1/10

1919 Mar 21

Copy of FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig's final dispatch (No 8) as Commander-in-Chief of British Armies in France and Flanders, describing the advance of the British Forces into Germany and the occupation of the bridgehead east of the Rhine at Cologne. 79pp.


DILL 1/11

1915 Oct - 1919 Feb

Reports, notes and papers on the First World War, possibly used for staff training, including report on the German Army and its future movements, 25 Oct 1915; notes on defence of Arras from advancing German Army; notes on the Ypres region, 5 Jan 1918; copy of minute dated 13 Aug 1918 from Engineer-in-Chief to Chief of General Staff, France, giving summary of work done on defences over the period 21 Mar-30 Aug 1918; memorandum on the work of the Labour Corps, May-Nov 1918; notes for the Commander in Chief's final Despatch, 8 Jan 1919; essay on lessons learnt from the First World War; notes on training of Commanders and staff; notes on the reorganisation of staff work in the field; paper on 'A plea for instruction in the principles of the organisation of ground in defence by means of models', by Maj F D Napier-Clavering, 18 Feb 1919; paper on 'Current tendencies in Germany', 18 Mar 1919; paper on 'The RAF Staff College and a higher college of war' and paper on 'Some notes and lessons from recent operations'. 14 items.


DILL 1/12

1916 Sep -1941

John Greer Dill's personal correspondence including letter to Dill from Corporal Nevin from a German POW camp, Sep 1916; letters from Dill to family members, Dec 1918 and Aug 1920 and Christmas and New Year Cards to Dill, chiefly 1917. 43 items.


DILL 1/13

1935 Jul 9

Letter to John Greer Dill from Brig Gen Sir James E Edmunds enclosing a draft chapter of Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1918, Vol 2 from the History of the Great War based on official documents series, chapter 1, 'the German offensive in Picardy, 27 Mar 1918, general situation', sent to Dill for comments and corrections. 1 item. 20pp.


DILL 2 Papers relating to inter-war years, 1919-1939


DILL 2/1

1920 Mar-1933

Transcripts of a series of nine lectures (plus appendices) given by Lt Col Russell Mortimer Luckock at Staff College, Camberley on 'The Western Front in the Great War', Mar-Apr 1920


DILL 2/2

1920 Sep 7-15

Report by John Greer Dill as Chief Instructor, Staff College, Camberley, on an instructional tour of officers studying at the Ecole de Guerre, Chalons, 15 Sep 1920 and notes on a possible visit to the British Front in France and Flanders, 7 Sep 1920 for officers studying at Staff College. 2 items. 16pp.


DILL 2/3

1922-1939

Essays, letters and lectures relating to military training including transcript of lecture given by John Greer Dill [at Imperial Defence College, London], 'The Imperial Armies in relation to the military situation', 20 Jan 1927; four essays, 'A lesson from History 1793 - 1796', unknown author, 'Who shall decide when doctors disagree?' by Maj Gen Sir Wilkinson Dent Bird, 'Personality of Napoleon' by Dill and untitled essay on the importance of surprise; Royal Military College pamphlet entitled 'Horsemanship: Minor Ailments, Saddlery and Equitation'; notes on military map reading and lectures by Col Pierse Joseph Mackesy for the Western Command Staff College correspondence course, Chester, on Imperial strategy, 1933. 9 items.


DILL 2/4

1932-1936

Papers relating to John Greer Dill as Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, including suggestions for revising Staff College entrance exam; copy of Staff College regulations and two lectures by Maj Gen Sir Wilkinson Dent Bird 'The national land strategy of the war of 1914-1918' and 'An Episode of the Campaign in France in 1914'. 14 items. 55pp.


DILL 2/5

1934 May-1936 Aug

Papers relating to John Greer Dill's service as Director of Military Operations and Intelligence, War Office, including transcript of speech given at the final conference of the War Office Corps exercise, May 1934; speech given by Dill to East Lancashire Regimental association, 13 Apr 1935 and notes on officer training exercise MANOVARIA, 19 Aug 1936.


DILL 2/6

1934-1939

Speeches delivered by John Greer Dill including addresses to Officer Training Corps units in Shrewsbury School, Jan 1936, and Sedbergh School, Jan 1934; speech at dinner of 235 Bde, Royal Field Artillery in the Mayfair Hotel; speech at luncheon during visit to German Army, 10 Sep 1935 and closing remarks by Dill on the 'Aldershot Command Corps Skeleton Exercise', 11-14 Jul 1939. 6 items.


DILL 2/7

1935-1939

Personal letters to John Greer Dill including from Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart; Maj Gen Sir Sydney Frederick Muspratt; John Standish Surtees Prendergast Vereker, Director of Military Training, India, 27 Feb 1933; Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander, 2 Div, Aldershot, 1 Sep 1936; Maj Gen Sir Wilkinson Dent Bird, 30 Jan 1939; Maj Gen Arthur Cecil Temperley from Geneva, Switzerland, commenting on Germany's relations with the League of Nations, Apr 1935; T Anastassiou writing from Dresden, (in Greek with translation), 12 Mar1936; Maj Gen John Dudley Laverack on military situation in Australia, Jun 1936; letter to Dill on a parade he attended in Berlin, 1936; letter to Dill in Arabic with translation from unknown author, requesting favourable treatment for Palestine's Arab population [1936]; correspondence on Dill's photograph appearing in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Sketch, 1936; letter to Bernard Charles Tolver Paget, Commandant, Staff College, Nov 1938 and lists of Christmas cards sent and received by John Greer Dill, 1935.


DILL 2/8

1936 Apr-Jun

Papers on John Greer Dill's promotion to Lt Gen including letters from the War Office informing Dill of his promotion and extension of his appointment at the War Office and congratulatory letters to Dill (with his replies). 42 items.


DILL 2/9

1936 Sep 14- 1937 Nov 4

Correspondence between John Greer Dill as General Officer Commanding British Troops in Palestine and Transjordan and FM Sir Cyril John Deverell, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, relating to the Arab Revolt, Palestine. 26 items. 71pp.


DILL 2/10

1939

Lectures and notes for 8 Infantry Bde Battlefield Tour of Cambrai. 4 items. 15pp.


DILL 2/11

1939 Jan

Notes on capacity, application and performance of British military intelligence; notes on the security section and memorandum to John Greer Dill on the effect of the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces Act, 1939. 3 items.


DILL 2/12

1939 Jan 9

Notes by Maj Gen Charles Noel Frank Broad on the state of the British Armed Forces and strategies to beat the Germans. 1 item. 8pp.


DILL 2/13

1939 Apr

Translated text of speech by Adolf Hitler given before the Reichstag, 28 Apr 1939. 1 item. 102pp.


DILL 2/14

1919-[1936]

Ephemera including manuscript French phrase book; 37 Lingford's cards of British war leaders; programmes for the 1936 Berlin Olympics; manuscript poem: 'a silly old blighter you call me'; collection of British, French and German postcards; The Times special edition on war graves, 10 Nov 1928; programme for the triumphal march of Dominion troops through London, 3 May 1919 and comical poems by John H R Binning relating to protection against gas attacks. 14 items.


DILL 3 World War Two



DILL 3/1 Papers on World War Two (excluding the Middle East), 1939 Sep-1943 Nov


DILL 3/1/1

1939 -1940

Papers relating to John Greer Dill's service as General Officer Commanding 1 Corps, British Expeditionary Force including letter to Dill from Gen George Giffard informing him of his appointment commanding the Second Army in France, 1 Feb 1940; memorandum by Gen Maurice Gamelin on German frontier fortifications; standing orders for 1 Corps; 1 Corps Operation Instruction No. 1; transcript of an address to officers in preparation for war; Army Training Memoranda 24 and 26; 'Report of the committee on the lessons of the Great War', War Office, 1939; agenda and minutes for 1 Corps conference; pamphlet written by Dill, addressed to the 1 Corps; intelligence summaries and diagram of signal arrangements. 14 items.


DILL 3/1/2

1939 Oct- 1940 Apr

Correspondence as General Officer Commanding 1 Corps, British Expeditionary Force on 1 Corps operations, including reports to HM King George VI on the activities of 1 Corps, 10 Oct 1939, 22 Oct 1939, 8 Nov 1939, Dec 1939, 24 Jan 1940, 28 Feb 1940, 29 Mar 1940, with replies from the Private Secretary to the Sovereign, Alexander Hardinge; carbon copies of letters to FM John Standish Surtees Prendergast Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, 11 Nov 1939, 20 Jan 1940 and 8 Mar 1940; and Lt Gen Alan Francis Brooke, Commander 2 Corps, Mar 1940; conclusions of survey of the general situation, 17 Oct 1939 and letter from Lt Gen Sir Henry Royds Pownall, 25 Mar [1940]. 19 items. 46pp.


DILL 3/1/3

1939 Sep-Oct

Semi-official correspondence between Lt Gen Sir Henry Royds Pownall, Chief of the General Staff for the British Expeditionary Force and Sir Ronald Forbes Adam, Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff on the British Expeditionary Force in France. 25 ff.


DILL 3/1/4

1939 Oct-1940 Apr

Semi-official correspondence between Lt Gen Sir Henry Royds Pownall, Chief of the General Staff for the British Expeditionary Force and Lt Gen Hugh Royds Stokes Massey, Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff on the British Expeditionary Force in France. 28 ff.


DILL 3/1/5

1940 Mar-May

Papers on the Joint Planning Committee including report by the Joint Planning sub-committee to the Chiefs of Staff Committee on proposals for increasing and reorganising the Joint Planning Committee, 14 Mar 1940; correspondence with Gen James Handyside Marshall-Cornwall, Apr-May 1940; and papers of the Joint Planning sub-committee on the seizure of Crete in the event of war with Italy, May 1940. 15 ff


DILL 3/1/6

1940 Feb-[May]

Papers on John Greer Dill's personal staff including correspondence with Lt Gen Arthur Nugent Floyer-Acland, 12 and 22 Feb 1940; statement of pay and allowances for officers in the Chief of Imperial General Staff's (CIGS) secretariat, notes on the work of CIGS personal staff and notes on personal assistant to CIGS.


DILL 3/1/7

1940 Apr-Aug

John Greer Dill's correspondence relating to operations in Narvik, Norway during his service as Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff, largely from Gen Pierse Joseph Mackesy including correspondence on William Henry Dudley Boyle, 12th Earl of Cork and 12th Earl of Orrery; letter from Dill to Sir Samuel Hoare and Winston S Churchill congratulating them on the safe withdrawal from Central Norway, 5 May 1940; letters on Brigadier Hogg's decision to evacuate Aandalsnes, Norway; letter to Lt Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck on operational control of air defense resources at Narvik, 13 May 1940; correspondence with Gen Pierse Joseph Mackesy and letter from Mackesy's wife on his damaged reputation, 10-14 Aug 1940.


DILL 3/1/8

1940 May-Jun

Papers relating to the German invasion of France and the evacuation of Dunkirk (operation DYNAMO) May-Jun 1940, including telegram on the need to reinforce air force in France, 13 May 1940; telegram outlining the situation in France, 16 May 1940; note by the Vice Chief of Imperial Staff on situation in Paris, 19:00 hours, 16 May 1940; report titled 'The incident with General Weygand' on the suggestion that William Edmund Ironside, Chief of Imperial General Staff, was not clear with Gen Maxime Weygand over removing Gen Alan Francis Brooke from Weygand's command, [16] May 1940; telegram from John Greer Dill to [Secretary of State for War Robert Anthony Eden] on a meeting with Weygand and Georges, 19 May 1940; telegram from Dill to Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill on a meeting with Weygand and Georges, 20 May 1940; telegram from Churchill to Gen Spears on the evacuation, 29 May 1940 and report of emergency visit to France by Dill, Churchill and Eden, 11-12 Jun 1940. 27 ff.


DILL 3/1/9

1940 Jun-1941 Oct

Correspondence and papers on the defence of Britain including letter on inadequacies of defences in the Plymouth region, 19 Oct 1940; correspondence on Fred Witts, Area Commander, Glasgow, Nov 1940; correspondence with Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill on leadership of the Home Guard, Nov 1940; letter from Head of the Northern Command, York, on problems with the Home Guard, Jun 1940; manuscript draft of 'Forecast of possible changes' to Home Forces, 23 Oct 1941 and report on defence of Great Britain, including maps and diagrams, 1940.


DILL 3/1/10

1940 Jun 5 - 1941 Nov 24

Official statements and speeches made by John Greer Dill including transcript of interview on German invasion of Britain and official statement on morale; official statement discouraging withdrawals under German attack, 21 Jun 1940; official statement on careless talk, Jul 1940; official statement on new army recruits, Dec 1940; notes for talk at Staff College on 'the world situation', 3 Jan 1941; appeals on behalf of the Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen's Families Association and broadcast on Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Help Society, 9 Feb 1941; official statement on officers reported as 'misfits', 4 May 1941; official statement on a weekly war bulletin, Jul 1941; official statement on reserve and retired officers returned to service, 2 Aug 1941; speech to the Tobruk Garrison, 18 Oct 1941; draft paper on tensions between the War Office and the Army, and how to resolve them and 12 items. 95pp.


DILL 3/1/11

1940 Aug-Oct

John Greer Dill's papers in preparation for a conference on Army Staff with the Commander-in-Chiefs, 6 Aug 1940. 16ff.


DILL 3/1/12

1940 Oct-1941 Oct

Papers on military appointments and on the personalities of officers including correspondence, chiefly between John Greer Dill and Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, relating to replacing Gen Robert Archibald Cassels with Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck as Commander-in-Chief of India, Oct 1940; papers relating to the re-enlisting of Maj Gen Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart including statement on reasons for Hobart's dismissal; minutes from Churchill demanding Hobart's re-appointment and letters from Dill opposing re-appointment, Oct-Dec 1940; letter from Dill to Auchinleck discussing the suitability of candidates for a position in India, 1 Nov 1940; letter from Gen George Giffard to Dill on Sir Arnold Hodson, Governer of the Gold Coast 'handicapping' the work of the West African governers conference, 11 Apr 1941; letter to Lt Gen Sir Clive G Liddell on selection of Generals, 17 May 1941; anonymous letter to Dill warning him about 'Norma', 22 May 1941; letter from Dill to Churchill advising him not to replace Auchinleck with Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell as Commander in Chief of India, 21 Jun 1941; letters from Lt Gen Sir Denis John Charles Kirwas Bernard, Governor of Bermuda, 20 Jun [1941] and 14 Jul 1941; letter to Dill from Maj Gen Frank Noel Mason-Macfarlane with letter to Dill from Lt Gen Bernard Law Montgomery on Mason-Macfarlane's unfitness to command a Corps, Jul 1941; correspondence between Dill and Gen Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson, Sep 1941.


DILL 3/1/13

1940 Nov-Dec

Papers on the possibility of imposing an embargo on the Irish government due to their refusal to allow the Royal Navy permission to use Irish ports, including memorandum on personalities and problems in Ireland by John Loader Maffey, 1st Baron Rugby, Nov 1940, and draft minute to the Prime Minister on measures to secure the use of Irish ports, Dec 1940. 9 ff.


DILL 3/1/14

1940 Apr 15-1941 Nov 5

Official correspondence of John Greer Dill as Chief of Imperial General Staff including letter from Lt Gen Robert H Haining, Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff to John Greer Dill, 15 Apr 1940; telegram from Dill warning of the effect on morale of criticism of operations in France and Belgium, 5 Jun 1940; report to Maj Bernard Charles Tolver Paget from Maj Gen Hubert Jervoise Huddleston on the Northern Irish government and Prime Minister James Craig, 14 Jun 1940; correspondence with Capt R Macdonald Buchanan on a discipline problem, Aug 1940; letter from Haining to Dill on changes in the M T Directorate, 21 Nov 1940; letter from Maj Gen Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart on the Royal Armoured Corps, 21 Nov 1940; correspondence between Dill and Gen Sir Maurice Taylor about the use and production of the gas dithekite, Jan 1941; correspondence with Sir Alexander George Montagu Cadogan on training 40 military personnel to be sent to Spain, Feb 1941; copy of letter from Dill to Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Prime Minister responding to a minute of Churchill's on Gamelin's plan for advancement on Belgium, the security of the Middle East and other topics, 15 May 1941; report on a telephone conversation between the Secretary of State and John Miller Andrews, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland on the appointment of Gen [Frank] Franklyn as Commander for British Troops Northern Ireland (BTNI), 28 May 1941; letter from Dill to unknown Minister of State reprimanding him for talking about military appointments before they are confirmed, 30 May 1941; letter from Queen Mary, widow of George V, on scheme for talks to soldiers on current affairs, 6 Sep 1941; letters from Sir William George Shedden Dobbie, Military Governer of Malta on situation in Malta, Jun-Nov 1941; letter from Edward William Macleay Grigg, 1st Baron Altrincham on how to address the 'man-power problem' in the Army, 5 Nov 1941.


DILL 3/1/15

1941 Jan-Nov

Papers on France including memorandum on policy towards the Free French movement, by Maj Gen Edward Louis Spears, 7 Dec 1940 with later additions on Vichy regime military leaders including Gen Maxime Weygand, Adm François Darlan and Adm Jean de Laborde, Jan-Feb 1941; personal minute from Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill ordering an attack on French Vichy Regime ships, 1941 May 23; intelligence report on German forces in France, extracted from the Weekly Resume, 28 Aug 1941 and letter to John Greer Dill warning against attempting air landings in France, Nov 1941.


DILL 3/1/16

1941 Sep 17-Oct 10

Papers on India including paper on airborne divisions for India, 17 Sep 1941 and note on Indian military problems, 10 Oct 1941. 2 items.


DILL 3/1/17

1941 Sep 3-Nov 12

Carbon copies of telegrams between Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, and Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin including telegram from Stalin to Churchill requesting the British cause a diversion in France to take German troops away from the Eastern Front, 3 Sep 1941; with correspondence between Churchill and Sir Richard Stafford Cripps, and reply from Churchill to Stalin dismissing the possibility, 4-5 Sep 1941 and telegram from Churchill to Stalin on sending Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell and Gen Bernard Charles Tolver Paget to meet with Stalin, on supplies, and on whether Britain should declare war on Finland, Hungary and Rumania, 4 Nov 1941; copy of reply from Stalin to Churchill responding to these issues and commenting on the lack of clarity in Anglo-Soviet relations, 12 Nov 1941.


DILL 3/1/18

1941 Nov

Papers on John Greer Dill's resignation as Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) and promotion to Field Marshal including draft letter of resignation as CIGS to the Secretary of State for War Robert Anthony Eden, 16 Nov 1941 and reply from Eden, 17 Nov 1941; personal letter from Dill to Eden expressing his regret on leaving his post as CIGS, 17 Nov 1941; letters to Dill from Lt Gen Arthur Nugent Floyer-Acland, Brendan Bracken, Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell and Gen Bernard Charles Tolver Paget, Nov 1941; draft statement by Dill to the War Cabinet on his retiring as CIGS, 24 Nov 1941; letter from Dill on his resignation as CIGS to FM Jan Christian Smuts, thanking him for his help to the British Army, 27 Nov 1941 and letters of congratulation to John Greer Dill on his promotion to Field Marshal.


DILL 3/1/19

1940 Jun-1943 Nov

Identity cards and security passes for John Greer Dill. 7 items.


DILL 3/2 Papers relating to the Middle East in World War Two, 1939 Dec 8-1942 Sep


DILL 3/2/1

1939 Dec 8-1941 Jun 19

Papers on the Middle East, chiefly copies of official papers and correspondence including correspondence between Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell and FM (William) Edmund Ironside, Chief of the Imperial General Staff on the situation in the Middle East; correspondence between John Greer Dill and Wavell; correspondence on the Middle East between Dill and Secretary of State for War Robert Anthony Eden including on possibility of negotiating with Iraq, May 1941; newspaper cuttings from The Evening News, 3 Jan 1941, on victory of Battle of Sidi Barrani; note to Eden on capture of Bardia; list of location of troops in Egypt, Sudan, East Africa and Somaliland, location of RAF in Middle East, strength of forces and summary of Italian troops in Libya and Italian East Africa and copy of letter from Eden to Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill on redistribution of troops, particularly from Kenya to Sudan, 24 Sep 1940.


DILL 3/2/2

1940 Jun-1941 Apr

Papers relating to 'worst possible case' plans for the evacuation of Egypt including plan for the evacuation of Egypt known at the 'Mongoose Scheme', 13 Jun 1940; detailed letter from Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell to John Greer Dill on the situation in the Middle East including Greece, Cyrenaica, Palestine, Crete and Cyprus with note on the defence of Egypt, Palestine, Crete and Cyprus, Apr 1941 with plan for the evacuation of Egypt, 15 Apr 1941; and correspondence between Dill, Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill and Wavell.


DILL 3/2/3

1940 Jun-1941 Nov

Papers and correspondence on the Middle East including list of Commander and staff in 2 Armoured Division, North Africa, 22 Jun 1940; telegram from Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell on situation in Middle East, 23 Jun 1940; typescript report on the war situation in Europe and the Middle East, [undated, between Jun 1940 and Mar 1941]; memorandum by Alfred Dudley Pickman Rogers Pound, Chief of Naval Staff on the Mediterranean Fleet, 23 Jul 1940; report on operations in the Western Desert, Oct-Dec 1940 comprising notes on Genesis and operation COMPASS, 15 Dec 1940, by Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell; notes on a telephone conversation between John Greer Dill and the Secretary of State in Cairo, 4 Nov 1940; correspondence on delaying the operation against "K" in East Africa, Nov 1940 [possibly the invasion of Italian Somaliland from Kenya]; correspondence, chiefly with Gen Hastings Lionel Ismay, on Turkey joining the war, Nov 1940; correspondence between Dill, Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Wavell and Rt Hon Sir (Richard) Stafford Cripps on the possibilities of German attack of Greece through Bulgaria, Nov 1940; draft policy for the Middle East; letter from Wavell on the possibility of offering Armistice terms to the Italians in Italian East Africa, 10 Dec 1940; letter to Dill on military strategy in Tripoli, 1 Feb 1941; note by Wavell on defence of Egypt, Palestine, Crete and Cyprus, Apr 1941; telegram to Secretary of State for War Robert Anthony Eden from Miles Wedderburn Lampson, High Commissioner for Egypt reporting on situation in Cairo, 13 Apr 1941; correspondence with Gen Sir Guy C Williams on his impressions of the situation in Cairo and Basra and the need to draw on Indian man power, 27 May 1941; extract from letter to Dill by Lt Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck on a conference in Baghdad, 30 Sep 1941 and telegrams from AM Arthur William Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder, following his tour of units in the Western Desert, 3 Nov 1941.


DILL 3/2/4

1940 Jul-1941 Mar

Papers of Lt Gen Robert H Haining, Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff, on the Middle East including correspondence with various officials on subjects such as propaganda, administration and Libyan prisoners of war, and papers from John Greer Dill's absence from Britain due to his tour of the Mediterranean, Feb-Mar 1941. 70 ff.


DILL 3/2/5

1940 Jun-1941 Jun

Semi-official correspondence between John Greer Dill and Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell on the Middle East including letter from Wavell on situation in Middle East, 5 Jun 1940; correspondence on Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 3rd Viscount Halifax sending secret information indiscreetly to his sons and son-in-law in Palestine, Nov 1940; letter from Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell on the Middle East enclosing forecast of possible developments over the following six months in Egypt, Western Desert, Palestine, Cyprus, Sudan and Kenya, Aden and Somaliland, Iraq and Crete, 27 Nov 1940; letter from Dill to Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill enclosing a personal letter from Wavell to Dill on his doubts about operation COMPASS and reply from Churchill expressing concerns about Wavell not utilising his full force in the Middle East, 6 Dec 1940; correspondence on the possibility of offering Armistice terms to the Italians in Italian East Africa, 10 Dec 1940; letter from Wavell to Dill reporting on the situation in the Middle East including in Greece, Cyrenaica, Palestine, Crete and Cyprus, [Apr 1941]; correspondence on Tobruk, operation BRUISER and operation EXPORTER, May 1941; on operation BATTLEAXE, (second British attempt to relieve the Axis siege of Tobruk 15-17 Jun 1941), and it's failure, 10-20 Jun 1941 and on replacing Wavell with Lt Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck as Commander of British forces in the Middle East, May 1941.


DILL 3/2/6

1941 Jan 20-Nov 7

Correspondence of Gen Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander of British forces in the Middle East, on the Middle East including official and personal correspondence between Auchinleck and John Greer Dill, 20 Jan-7 Nov 1941; Auchinleck's comments on the Minister of State's questionnaire on strategy, 6 Sep 1941; official correspondence between Auchinleck and Prime Minister, Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Aug, 16 Sep, and 17-18 Oct 1941, and correspondence between Dill and Churchill on the Middle East, 27 Oct 1941. 35 items. 134pp.


DILL 3/2/7

1941 Feb-Apr

Papers relating to John Greer Dill's tour of the Mediterranean with Foreign Secretary, Robert Anthony Eden, Feb-Apr 1941, including official diary of the tour; notes on answers to possible questions raised in debates in Greece, 20 Apr; letter to Dill from Eden, 22 Apr; note on the approach to Turkish, Greek and Yugoslav governments; telegram to Sir Archibald Percival Wavell, Feb; record of meeting in Cairo to discuss assistance for Greece, 20 Feb; copies of documents given to Eden by Alexandros Koryzis, Prime Minister of Greece on Greek determination to resist a German attack, 22 Feb; record of meeting in Cairo, to discuss line to be taken with the Turks , 24 Feb; record of meeting at the presidency of the Council of Angora, Turkey, 27 Feb; record of meeting with President of the Turkish Republic, Sükrü Saracoglu, 27 Feb; record of Anglo-Greek conversations, Athens, 2-4 Mar; record of meetings held in Cairo, 6 Mar; record of meeting in Athens, 8 Mar; record of meetings held in Cairo, 10, 13 Mar; Dill's message broadcast to troops in the Middle East Command; minutes of a meeting of the Commanders-in-Chief at General Headquarters, Middle East, 15 Mar; documents on policy towards Turkey; record of meetings held in Nicosia, Cyprus, 18 Mar; record of meetings in Athens, 28 and 30 Mar; document online to be taken with the Yugoslav government, 30 Mar; record of conversation between Dill and Gen Alexander Papagos, 30 Mar; record of Anglo-Yugoslav discussions, 31 Mar-1 Apr; record of meeting in Athens, 2 Apr; record of Anglo-Greek-Yugoslav discussions in Florina, Greece, 3 Apr; record of conversation between FM Sir Henry Maitland Wilson ('Jumbo' Wilson) and Papagos, 4 Apr; record of visits by Dill to HM King George II of Greece and Papagos, 5 Apr and report by Lt Gen P Neame on the defence of Cyrenaica, 19 Mar. 33 items. 202pp.


DILL 3/2/8

1941-Feb-May

Correspondence between John Greer Dill from his tour of the Mediterranean and Lt Gen Robert H Haining, Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff. Telegrams from Dill are signed by his assistant Brigadier Aubertin Walter Sothern Mallaby, Deputy Director of Military Operations.


DILL 3/2/9

1941 Feb-1942 Sep

Papers relating to Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell including article 'The higher commander: General Wavell's views' in The Journal of the Royal United Service Institution (Feb 1941); papers on approval for Wavell to accept the award of the Grand Cross from HM King George II of Greece, Mar 1941; announcement of Wavell's appointment as Aide-de-Camp General, 22 Aug 1941; papers relating to the publication of books and lectures by Wavell; correspondence between John Greer Dill and Captain Archie John Wavell, son of Wavell with a forward for a pamphlet of Wavell's lectures written by Dill, Feb 1940-Sep 1941; correspondence regarding Wavell's visit to England, Sep 1941 and letter relating to legal action taken by Wavell regarding the renting of his property, 15 Nov 1941.


DILL 3/3 John Greer Dill's personal correspondence, Second World War, 1935-1947 Apr 18


DILL 3/3/1

1935-1944

Copies of personal letters from John Greer Dill to Sir Archibald Percival Wavell with list of contents. Copies were made by Wavell's son and sent to Lady Dill. 17 items. 67pp.


DILL 3/3/2

1940

Personal correspondence arranged in alphabetical order by surname, letters A-L, including correspondence with AM Sir (Henry) Robert (Moore) Brooke-Popham, FM John Standish Surtees Prendergast Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, and John Greer Dill's cousin (Robert) Foster Kennedy, professor of neurology, Cornell University, USA. 146 items. 364pp.


DILL 3/3/3

1940

Personal correspondence arranged in alphabetical order by surname, letters M-Z, with table of contents listing name of correspondent and date, including correspondence with FM Sir Archibald Armar Montgomery-Massingberd, Maj Gen Sir Edward Louis Spears and Gen Maxime Weygand. 87 items. 228pp.


DILL 3/3/4

1939 Oct 23-1941 Nov 17

John Greer Dill's personal correspondence including condolence letters on death of Dill's wife, Ada Maud neé le Mottée, Nov 1940.


DILL 3/3/5

1940 Feb-1941 Nov

Personal correspondence between John Greer Dill and FM Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke of Brookeborough. 5 items.


DILL 3/3/6

1942 Feb 26 -1947 Apr 18

Copies of papers of Gen George Catlett Marshall, Chief of Staff, US Army, relating to his friendship with John Greer Dill including personal correspondence with Dill and Lady Nancy Isabelle Cecil Furlong (neé Charrington) Dill; transcript of Dill's speech at Yale University, 16 Feb 1944; transcript of speech by Dill to Overseas Press Club of America, 26 Feb 1942; letter from Ashford General Hospital regarding Dill's condition following a heart attack; order of burial for Dill; copy of Joint Resolution of Congress sent from Franklin D Roosevelt, President of USA to Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Prime Minister, 10 Jan 1945, and correspondence relating to Dill memorial. 41 items. 93 pp.


DILL 4 Papers on the death of John Greer Dill, 1944 - 1947


DILL 4/1

1944 Nov-1947

Papers relating to memorials to John Greer Dill including correspondence relating to and three photographs of Dill's memorial statue in Arlington National Cemetery, USA with programme of unveiling ceremony and copy of speech; papers relating to memorial plaque in Cheltenham College Chapel including copy of speech given by FM Sir Alan Francis Brooke; details of funding committees for memorials; order of service for Westminster Abbey; and pamphlets and programme from a presentation by the Borough of Cheltenham of the Sword of Honour and Scroll for Dill accepted by John de Guerin Dill, 1947. 34 items.


DILL 4/2

1944 Nov-1947

Obituaries and other press cuttings on the death of John Greer Dill including articles from The Times, The Sunday Times, The Gloucestershire Echo, and the Cheltenham Chronicle.


DILL 4/3

1944 Nov-1947

Letters of condolence to John Greer Dill's widow, Lady Nancy Isabelle Cecil Furlong (née Charrington) Dill and Dill's son John de Guerin Dill on the death of Dill, Nov 1944-Feb 1945, including letters from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of Halifax, British Ambassador, Washington; Gen Henry Harley Arnold; Lt Gen Ira Clarance; Foreign Secretary, Robert Anthony Eden; Gen Hastings Lionel Ismay; FM Sir Alan Francis Brooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and Adm Ernest Joseph King.


DILL 5 Photographs and postcards, 1901-1961


DILL 5/1

1901-1944 Sep

Official photographs, 1901-1944, including of John Greer Dill's visit to Germany, 1935; portraits of senior officers including Dill, FM Julian Hedworth George Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, FM Sir Archibald Armar Montgomery-Massingberd and John de Guerin Dill; group photographs, including at Staff College, Camberley, 1932-1933; photographs of Dill in USA including exercises, parades, the arrival of Lord Halifax as British Ambassador and the Quebec conference, Sep 1944; Allied forces in Razmak, Pakistan; Dill on Dukes Hill, Aldershot and parades and airborne parachute demonstration. 100 items.


DILL 5/2

1912-1935

Personal photographs including holiday snapshots, postcards, and family photographs and negatives, including photographs in Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, Caracas and Germany. 208 items.


DILL 5/3

[1919]

Panoramic photograph of the Khyber Pass, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, with military base. 1 item. Oversize.


DILL 5/4

[1926]

Postcards chiefly of Germany, particularly Potsdam and Dresden. 24 items.


DILL 5/5

1932-1961

Album of photographs and newspaper cuttings relating to John Greer Dill's career, death and memorials, including photographs from his service at the Staff College Camberley, and in Germany, Palestine, France and USA and as Chief of the Imperial General Staff. 50pp.


DILL 5/6

1941 Aug 9-12

Album of photographs of the ATLANTIC Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, including photographs of John Greer Dill; Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; William Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook; Gen George Catlett Marshall; AF Sir Dudley Pound, Sir Alexander Cadogan, Permanent Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lt Gen Leslie Hollis, Harry Lloyd Hopkins and Gen Henry Harley Arnold, on board the HMS Duke of York and the USS Augusta, also photographs of US Marines in Iceland. 96 items.


DILL 5/7

[1943-1944]

Album of photographs of visit by John Greer Dill and General Henry Harley Arnold to Hollywood studio [MGM], including photographs of Spencer Tracy, Randolph Scott, Hedy Lamarr, Carmen Miranda, Irene Dunne and Louis B. Mayer. 40 items.


DILL 5/8

1943 Jan

Album of photographs of the SYMBOL Conference, Casablanca, including photographs of John Greer Dill; Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Gen Charles De Gaulle; FM Sir Alan Francis Brooke; Gen George Catlett Marshall and Gen Henry Harley Arnold. 48 items.


DILL 5/9

1943 Aug

Album of captioned photographs of the first QUADRANT Conference, Quebec, Canada including photographs of John Greer Dill; Prime Minister Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; AF Sir Dudley Pound; FM Sir Alan Francis Brooke; Gen George Catlett Marshall and Gen Henry Harley Arnold. 80 items.


DILL 6 Maps, 1918-1946


DILL 6/1

1918

Maps and notes detailing flood planes and defences including Ordnance Survey map of Calais and Dunkirk area with hand painted areas of flooding, scale 1:100,000, Geographical Section, General Staff No 2364, published by War Office, 1916; map titled 'Somme inundations', scale 1:20,000, sheet 1 (provisional), Royal Engineers, WOB/2; map titled 'Somme inundations', scale1:20,000, sheet 2 (provisional), Royal Engineers, WOB/34; map of Hazebrouck defences, Belgium, scale 1:100,000, Geographical Section General Staff No 2364, published by War Office, Oct 1916. 6 items. 6pp. 4 maps.


DILL 6/2

1918 Jun

Map of Abbeville, France, scale 1:100,000, published by Geographical Section, General Staff, No. 2364. 1 item


DILL 6/3

1921 Jan

Map of 'The Battles of Megiddo and Sharon', scale 1:500,000, published by Ordnance Survey, No. 332. 1 item


DILL 6/4

1932

Map of Izmir region (Smyrna), Turkey, scale 1,000,000, Geographical Section, General Staff, No. 2555, published by War Office. 1 item


DILL 6/5

1933

Map of Athenai, Greece, scale 1:1,000,000. Geographical section, General Staff No. 2758, published by War Office. 1 item


DILL 6/6

1933

Map of 'Sofiya', Bulgaria, scale 1,000,000, Geographical section, General Staff No. 2758, published by War Office. 1 item


DILL 6/7

1938

Map of 'Belgium and North East of France', scale 1: 380,160, Geographical section, General Staff No. 2517, published by War Office. Two copies, both with annotations, one headed 'Summary of operations, situation map 0700 hours 29 May 1940'. 2 items


DILL 6/8

[1940-1944]

Daily Telegraph 'World Map', published by Hutchinson and Co. 2 items


DILL 6/9

1943

Several sheets from the 'Italy Road Map' series, scale 1:200,000, published by US Army Map Service No M592, 1943: sheet one (North Eastern Italy); sheet 4 (Milan region); sheet 8 (Parma region); sheet 11 (Bologna region), 2 copies; sheet 12 (Ravenna region); sheet 13 (Florence and Perugia region); sheet 14 (Ancona region), 2 copies and sheet 17 (Rome region). 10 items


DILL 6/10

1944

Map of Italy 'Ascoli Picheno', scale 1:100,000, sheet 133, third edition, Geographical section, General Staff No. 4164, published by War Office. 1 item


DILL 6/11

1944

Map of Italy 'Fermo', scale 1:100,000, sheet 125, second edition, Geographical section, General Staff No. 4164, published by War Office. 1 item


DILL 6/12

1944 Mar

Map of Palestine, scale 1:500,000, published by 524 Palestine Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers. 1 item


DILL 6/13

1946

Map of 'Egypt and Cyrenaica, Suez Canal, with air information', scale 1:250,000, sheet 7, second edition, 512 Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers. 1 item


DILL 7 Honours and awards, 1901-[1944]


DILL 7/1

1901-1941

Appointments and awards issued to John Greer Dill 1901-1919, comprising commission as 2 Lt, 1901; Distinguished Service Order certificate; Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George certificate; programme for the presentation of awards by HRH Prince Edward to 2 Bn, Prince of Wales Leinster Regiment where Dill received the 1914 Star medal, 6 Feb 1920; and letter from Lt Gen Arthur Nugent Floyer-Acland granting Dill permission to wear the First Class of the Order of Polonia Restituta, 16 Jul 1941. 5 items.


DILL 7/2

1915-1919

John Greer Dill's mentions in despatches in the London Gazette, 8 Sep 1914-21 Dec 1918; Dill's certificates of mentions in despatches and certificate of mention in French despatches (Croix de guerre), 10 Feb 1919. 9 items.


DILL 7/3

[1901-1944]

John Greer Dill's medal ribbons.


DILL 8 Publications and articles including press cuttings on John Greer Dill, 1917-1949


DILL 8/1

1917

Sub Rosa: Magazine of the West Lancashire Division. 1 item.


DILL 8/2

1919

A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force: July 1917 - Oct 1918. London: HMSO.


DILL 8/3

1922 Jan

Commemorative programme for the unveiling of the War Memorial, Staff College, Camberley. 1 item.


DILL 8/4

1936-1972

The Total War, by General Eric Ludendorff, 1936 and other pamphlets published after the death of John Greer Dill. 12 items.


DILL 8/5

1938 - 1949

Press cuttings on John Greer Dill including articles from The Times, The Daily Telegraph, L'Uomo qualungue, L'osservatore Romano, The Washington Post and the Yale Alumni Magazine. 29 items.


DILL 8/6

1940 Mar 3-Apr 3

Pamphlets: Palestine 9 and 12, published by the British Palestine committee. 2 items.


DILL 8/7

1940-1945

Artillery training pamphlets, range tables, and pamphlet entitled 'The Battle of Six Nations, Polish Military Press', giving details of 2 Polish Corps. 17 items.


DILL 8/8

1940 Jun 11

Booklet of three articles by Maj Gen A G L McNaughton 'The development of artillery in the great war', 'Counter battery work' and 'The capture of Valenciennes'.


DILL 8/9

1941 Jan 27

Order of Service for memorial service for Robert Stephenson Smyth Baron Baden-Powell, Chief Scout, 27 Jan 1941.


DILL 8/10

1941 Aug 13-Dec 6

Anglo Russian News Bulletin, 13 and 27 Aug and Soviet War News, published by the Soviet Embassy in London, 6 Dec 1941.


DILL 9 Papers relating John Greer Dill's personal affairs and to Dill family estates, 1856-1953


DILL 9/1

1856-1953

Papers relating to family estates, legal and financial matters including John Greer Dill's particular of estate and account and estate papers of Brig Gen Reginald Edward Arthur Le Mottee and papers of Maj William Albert Le Mottee. 25 items.


DILL 9/2

1940 Jun-1941 Nov

Papers relating to John Greer Dill's financial and personal affairs, including accounts, invoices and receipts, insurance, portraits, telephone bills, driving license application, firearm purchase, doctor's appointments, club memberships, membership of Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, press advertisements and papers relating to Cheltenham College, of which Dill was Governor, comprising correspondence and minutes of meetings of the Cheltonian Society, Nov 1940-Oct 1941.


DILL 9/3

1940 Dec

Papers relating to luncheon at General Headquarters, 10 Dec 1940 with Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Commanders in Chief, Secretary of State for War and members of the Army Council, including invitations and acceptances, list of attendees, table plan and financial papers.


DILL 10 Papers relating to John Greer Dill's family, including papers relating to Dill's second wife Lady Nancy Isabelle Cecil Furlong (née Charrington) Dill, his son John de Guerin Dill, and personal correspondence


DILL 10/1

1916-1934

Personal papers of John Greer Dill's son, John de Guerin Dill including baptism record and school reports. 10 items.


DILL 10/2

1921-1935

Ephemera belonging to John Greer Dill's son John de Guerin Dill including press cuttings, business cards, coins and rank insignia. 36 items.


DILL 10/3

1930-1956

Personal correspondence and travel orders of John Greer Dill's son, John de Guerin Dill, including letter from his mother, Ada Maud Dill, 1938. 21 items. 66pp.


DILL 10/4

1937 Nov 16-1944 Oct 27

Personal letters from John Greer Dill to his son John de Guerin Dill, 1937 and 1941-1944. 19 items. 84pp.


DILL 10/5

[1938]

Training notes by John de Guerin Dill, John Greer Dill's son, during his time at the School of Military Administration, Brockenhurst including notes on the Light Dragoon tank, synopsis of lectures, and notes. 4 items.


DILL 10/6

1941

Letters to John Greer Dill's second wife Lady Nancy Isabelle Cecil Furlong (née Charrington) Dill from Borough of Folkestone, British Legion Poppy Appeal HQ, the British Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Mechanised Transport Corps. 6 items. 8pp.


DILL 10/7

1941 Sep-Nov

Letters, telegrams and cards of congratulations to Lady Nancy Isabelle Cecil Furlong (née Charrington) Dill on her marriage to John Greer Dill. 57 items. 104 pp.


DILL 10/8

1942 Nov 24 - 1944 Sep 30

Personal letters from John Greer Dill to his daughter-in-law, Heather Dill. 16 items. 48pp.


DILL 10/9

1943 Apr 2-1945 Jan 6

Personal letters from Lady Nancy Isabelle Cecil Furlong (née Charrington) Dill to her stepson John de Guerin Dill and stepdaughter-in-law Heather, including letters on John Greer Dill's illness and subsequent death. 8 items. 24pp.


DILL 10/10

1944 Sep - 1945 May

Papers relating to John de Guerin Dill's service in Italy with Polish 3 Carpathian Division, 8 Army, including orders from Lt Gen Sir Richard Loudon McCreery, 8 Army Commander, Gen Mark Wayne Clark and FM Sir Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander; orders for operation BUCKLAND and political and general news summaries for Polish troops including translations of articles from Dziennik Zolnierza (first Polish newspaper in Britain). 39 items. 92pp.


DILL 10/11

1901-1902

Letters from Dill to his sister Nicholina (Nina) Dill when he was posted in South Africa, towards the end of the Second Boer War.

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