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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MISC 09
Title
D-DAY AND THE ROLE OF THE METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE
Date(s)
1994
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 items

Context

Name of creator(s)

Meteorological Office, Mar-Jun 1994

Administrative / Biographical history

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, the Meteorological Office, Bracknell, Berkshire, commissioned a study designed to recognise the influence of weather patterns, weather forecasting, and meteorological data on the military planning and execution of Allied Operations NEPTUNE and OVERLORD, the Allied preparation and subsequent invasion of France, Jun 1944. In Mar 1994, it produced With Wind and Sword: the story of meteorology and D-Day by Stan Cornford, a paper detailing the Meteorological Office's role during World War Two generally and the invasion of France specifically. The paper was subsequently used for the publication of the Meteorological Office pamphlet, '6 June 1944: D-Day: the role of the Met. Office', (Meteorological Office, Bracknell, 1994).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre in 1994 by the Library and Services Manager, National Meteorological Library and Archive, Meteorological Office

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript copy of Meteorological Office paper With Wind and Sword: the story of meteorology and D-Day, a detailed examination of the Meteorological Office's role in the preparation and execution of Operations NEPTUNE and OVERLORD, the Allied preparation and subsequent invasion of France, Jun 1944, including weather pattern charts, weather forecasts, and memoranda and reports from the Chief Meteorological Officer, Meteorological Office, to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). Collection also includes two copies of the Meteorological Office pamphlet, '6 June 1944: D-Day: the role of the Met. Office', (Meteorological Office, Bracknell, 1994)

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

English

Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Notes

Note

Compiled Oct 1999

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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Subjects

  • Climatology
  • International conflicts
  • Meteorological data
  • Meteorology
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Operation Neptune (1944)
  • Operation Overlord (1944)
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • Weather
  • Weather forecasting
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Places

  • France

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