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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Dowling
DOWLING, Frank Coleman (1901-1968)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Dowling, Frank Coleman, 1901-1968

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1901; editor of Lilliput during World War One; worked for advertising companies Crawfords, J Walter Thompson and Graham & Gillies during the 1930s; Political Intelligence Department, Foreign Office, 1942-1944; Psychological Warfare Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, 1944-1945; worked for The Picture Post ; died 1968.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Dr John Macinlay, April 2004

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Frank Dowling relating to his work for the Psychological Warfare Division, 1942-1945, including correspondence regarding positions with the Political Intelligence Department and Psychological Warfare Division, 1943-1945; Joint PWE/OWI and SOE/OSS Political Warfare Plan, Oct 1943 , outlining how Psychological Warfare Division and Office of War Information propaganda was to be used by special operations agents before and during the D-Day invasions to inflict damage on the enemy, secure aid for Allied military operations and secure the morale of the civilian population; propaganda leaflets and booklets in English including The Battle of Britain: August-October 1940. An Air Ministry Account of the Great Days from 8th August-31st October 1940 , 1941; 10 German Blunders , 1942; The Art of Lying: being a short guide, for beginners and advanced students, to the complex art of falsehood, with a selection of the more outstanding examples from the pens of the world's masters, highlighting inaccuracies in German propaganda , 1943; A Trip in a Giant Bomber , [1943]; The Flag of Victory , a publication for children highlighting Royal Air Force activities, Nos 1, 3-12, 1943; The Home Guard of Britain , [1943]; versions of Belgium and Luxembourg , a guide to correct behaviour towards the Belgian civilian population by Allied troops, 1944; draft version of a Pocket Guide to the Netherlands for use of the Services , 1944; Italy Stabs Herself in the Back! , [1944]; Dieppe! Britain strikes in the West! , 1944; drafts of publications including article entitled 'District Mother' about the work of Rural Welfare Officers, nd; publication Mighty Forge about American armaments production, 1942; How Will the British use Victory , Feb 1943; and A manual for the Use of our Belgian Allies to Help and Advise them in the Coming Invasion , issued by Allied High Command, 1944. Also propaganda leaflets and booklets intended for distribution to speakers of French, Belgian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian; including copies of The Art of Lying in Spanish, the Flag of Victory in Portuguese, and L'Arc en Ciel or De Regenboog , a news-sheet in French and Belgian edited by Dowling, which was dropped into occupied territories by the Allied airforces.

System of arrangement

Arranged as above in Scope and Content.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material

English, French, Belgian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian

Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

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

The papers of Edwin Embleton consist primarily of Ministry of Information publications, 1939-1945.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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

Sept 2007

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  • Battle of Britain (1940)
  • Communication process
  • International conflicts
  • Persuasion
  • Propaganda
  • War
  • War propaganda
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Dowling, Frank Coleman, 1901-1968
  • Dowling, Frank Coleman, 1901-1968

Corporate names

  • Foreign Office, Political Intelligence Department
  • Foreign Office, Psychological Warfare Division

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