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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Dobrski
Title
DOBRSKI, Lt Col Count Julian A (fl 1939-1953) alias Lt Col Julian Antony Dolbey
Date(s)
1939-1945, 1949-1950, 1953
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
6 boxes or 0.06 cubic metres

Context

Name of creator(s)
Dobrski, Julian A, fl 1939-1953, Lt Col, Count, Special Operations Executive Officer, alias Lt Col Julian Antony Dolbey
Administrative / Biographical history

Born [1901]; educated in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland; BSc, University of Lyons, France; served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE), 1940-1945, mainly based at Headquarters of Force 133 at Cairo, Egypt, during World War Two, under the name of Maj and later Lt Col Julian Antony Dolbey; worked for Lyons Silks Ltd, French Silhouettes and Arnold Securities, all associated companies of the French textile group Maison J Bourdelin.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1989, 1995 and 2000, via the 2nd Earl Jellicoe.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers principally relating to operations of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Italy, Greece, the Aegean and the Balkans, 1941-1945, including: SOE training manuals, and various SOE memoranda relating to the 'Rhine mine', poisons, inland waterways, and the 'New Zionists', 1941-1944; memoranda and directives on SOE infiltration of Italy and the recruitment of Italian agents, the production of propaganda for use in Italy, transcripts of subversive propaganda broadcasts to the Italian people via Radio Jerusalem, letters from Stefano Terra, regarding the activities of the anti-fascist group Giustizia e Libertà, 1940-1943; diary of Capt R Guy Turrall during his SOE sabotage mission to Crete, 1941-1942; papers concerning SOE Operations BASILIC and ERRATIC (infiltration of Scarpanto and Rhodes), 1943; papers concerning propaganda operations in conjunction with the Political Warfare Executive, particularly Operations KREIPE and KRIMSCHILD, May 1944, to demoralize German troops on Crete; reports, 1943-1945, relating to SOE activities on Crete, including reports on the kidnapping by SOE of German Maj Gen Heinrich Kreipe; appreciations of SOE activities in Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Rumania, 1943; correspondence of Headquarters Force 133 (SOE Cairo, Egypt) in regard to promotion, welfare, training, transfers and postings of personnel, including confidential reports on individual staff, 1944-1945; diary of Maj John Mulgan, British Liaison Officer in Greece, 1944; correspondence relating to the winding up of SOE organisation in Greece, 1944-1945; various other papers, comprising correspondence with Anne René Pleven, 1939-1941, on the German bombing of London and the reaction of the French people to German occupation and the Vichy government; report on René Pleven, French Minister of Defence, concerning Pleven's attitude to the French political situation, policy towards Indo-China and the French High Command, 1949; papers relating to the reorganisation of Lyons Silks Ltd, French Silhouettes and Arnold Securities, 1949-1950; newspaper article on German penetration of the SOE network in the Netherlands, 1942-1944, dated 1953.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following sections: training and instruction of SOE personnel and various SOE memoranda, 1940-1944; SOE operations in Italy, 1940-1943; SOE operations in Greece, the Aegean and the Balkans, and correspondence of Headquarters, Force 133, 1941-1946; various papers of Dobrski, 1939-1953.

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: The files of confidential letters relating to personnel matters of Force 133 (nos 27-30) are closed for 75 years in line with the policy of the Public Record Office.

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

Mainly English, some French, Greek and Italian.

Finding aids

This detailed Catalogue, and 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

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives holds several collections relating to SOE operations in Greece and the Balkans, most notably the papers of Capt Patrick Hutchinson Evans (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Evans); Brig Edmund Charles Wolf Myers (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Myers); Maj Philip Frederick Nind (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Nind); Maj Ronald R Prentice and Capt H Arthur Wickstead (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Prentice); and Col (Hon) Christopher Montague Woodhouse (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Woodhouse).

Publication note

The Public Record Office, Kew, holds a substantial collection of material relating to SOE operations, most notably Political Warfare Executive correspondence (Ref: FO 898/25-28); papers relating to SOE activities, Middle East, Cairo, 1940-42 (Ref: FO 898/113-114); Quarterly Reports of SOE, Oct 1943-Dec 1945 (Ref: PREM 3/408/1); Confidential Papers of Col William J Donovan, 1940-41 (Ref: PREM 4/25/5); SOE: Balkan Files (Ref: HS 5); SOE Headquarters section histories and war diaries, and files relating to SOE organisations and operations in Europe, the Far East, North and South America (HS 7).

Notes

Note

Compiled Nov 1999, revised Jul 2000

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.

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.

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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • Central government
  • Communication process
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Government
  • Higher science education
  • Humanitarian law
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Occupied territories
  • Operation Basilic (1943)
  • Operation Erratic (1943)
  • Operation Kreipe (1944)
  • Operation Krimschild (1944)
  • Organizations
  • Persuasion
  • Primary documents
  • Propaganda
  • Prose
  • Public administration
  • Seas
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • War
  • War propaganda
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Dobrski, Julian A, fl 1939-1953, Lieutenant-Colonel
  • Kriepe, Heinrich, fl 1943-1945, German Major General
  • Pleven, Anne Rene, d 1966, wife of Rene Jean Pleven
  • Pleven, Rene Jean, 1901-1993, French politician
  • Terra, Stephano, fl 1940-1943
  • Turrall, R Guy, fl 1941-1942, Captain

Corporate names

  • SOE, Special Operations Executive

Places

  • Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Seas
  • Americas
  • Balkans, Eastern Europe
  • Bulgaria, Eastern Europe
  • Cairo, Urban, Egypt, North Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Crete, Greece
  • Indo-China, South East Asia
  • Italy
  • Kárpathos, Greece
  • Netherlands
  • Rhodes, Greece
  • Romania, Eastern Europe
  • Scarpanto
  • USA, North America

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