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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Fuller
Title
FULLER, Maj Gen John Frederick Charles (1878-1966)
Date(s)
Created 1897-1966
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
12 boxes or 0.12 cubic metres

Context

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1878; educated at Malvern College and Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, 1897-1898; 2nd Lt, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 1898; served in South Africa, 1899-1902; attended Staff College, Camberley; served as adjutant to a territorial battalion; General Staff Officer Grade 3, 2 Army HQ, Home Forces, 1914; General Staff Officer Grade 3, 7 Corps, France, 1915; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 37 Div, 7 Corps, France, 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 3 Army HQ, France, 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 2, Heavy Branch (later Tank Corps) HQ, France, 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 1917; planned tank attack at Cambrai, Nov-Dec 1917; Lt Col, 1918; planned tank operations for autumn offensives of 1918; devised Plan 1919 for a full-fledged, mechanised-air offensive; Chief Instructor, Staff College, Camberley, 1922; promoted Military Assistant to Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1926; commander of an experimental brigade at Aldershot; Senior Staff Officer, 2 Div, 1927-1930; Maj Gen, 1930; retired pay, 1933; associated with Sir Oswald Moseley's Union of British Fascists, 1933-1934; became military correspondent for the London Daily Mail, 1935; died in 1966.

Publications: The star in the West: a critical essay upon the works of Aleister Crowley (Walter Scott Publishing Co, London and Felling on Tyne); Hints on training territorial infantry from recruit to trained soldier (Gale and Polden, London, 1913); Tanks in the Great War, 1914-1918 (John Murray, London, 1920); The reformation of war (Hutchinson and Co, London, 1923); Yoga. A study of the mystical philosophy of the Brahmins and the Buddhists (W Rider and Son, London, 1925); Sir John Moore's system of training (Hutchinson and Co, London, 1925; British light infantry in the eighteenth century (Hutchinson and Co, London, 1925); The foundations of the science of war (Hutchinson and Co, 1926); Imperial defence, 1588-1914 (Sifton Praed and Co, London, 1926); Atlantis: America and the future (Kegan Paul and Co, London, 1926); On future warfare (Sifton Praed and Co, London, 1928); The generalship of Ulysses S. Grant (John Murray, London, 1929); India in revolt (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1931); The dragon's teeth (Constable and Co, London, 1932); War and Western civilization, 1832-1932 (Duckworth and Co, London, 1932); Generalship: its diseases and their cure (Faber and Faber, London, 1933); Grant and Lee: a study in personality and generalship (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1933); Empire, unity and defence (Arrowsmith, Bristol, 1934); The Army in my time (Rich and Cowan, London, 1935); Memoirs of an unconventional soldier (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1936); The first of the league wars (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1936); The last of the gentlemen's wars (Faber and Faber, London, 1937); Towards Armageddon (Lovat Dickson, London, 1937); The conquest of red Spain (Burns, Oates and Co, London, 1937); The secret wisdom of the Qabalah (Rider and Co, London, 1937); Decisive battles of the United States (Hutchinson and Co, London, 1942); Decisive battles (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1939-1940); Machine warfare (Hutchinson and Co, London, 1941); Armoured warfare (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1943); Watchwords (Skeffington and Son, London, 1945); Thunderbolts (Skeffington and Son, London, 1946); Armament and history (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1946); The Second World War (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1948); The decisive battles of the Western world and their influence upon history (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London,1954-1956); The generalship of Alexander the Great (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1958); The conduct of war, 1789-1961 (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1961); Julius Caesar: man, soldier and tyrant (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1965). 

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Fuller in 1965. Additional papers were purchased in 1969 and 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound typescript histories of Tank Corps battalions, brigades and groups during World War One, 1914-1918, written by Tank Corps personnel in [1918-1919]. Bound volumes of official correspondence, reports, memoranda, notes, maps, photographs, operation orders, summaries of information and other papers concerning tank strategy and tactics, 1916-1918, the Battle ofCambrai, 1917, and Tanks Corps operations, 1914-1918, dated 1917-1919. Correspondence between Fuller, M Mitzakis and various military personnel relating to the use of Canal Defence Light (CDL) tanks during World War Two, 1939-1945, dated 1946. Other papers relating to his life and military career, [1889]-1965, including letters to his parents, 1897-1921, notably covering his service in SouthAfrica, 1899-1902, and in World War One, 1914-1918; narrative diaries covering his service in South Africa, 1901-1902, and World War One, 1914-1915; book agreements, 1919, 1956-1965; correspondence with publishers, 1956, 1961-1965; newspaper cuttings, 1945, 1952, 1965-1966, including obituaries of Fuller, 1966; papers relating to the occult, notably including letters from Aleister Crowley, 1905-[1924], and manuscript and typescript texts by Fuller and others, 1910, 1926, [1930] and 1966. Bound typescript text on Gen (William) Edmund Ironside, mainly consisting of extracts from Ironside's letters to Col Roderick MacLeod, 1927-1958, compiled by MacLeod in [1959], and 'A secret service agent in South-West Africa', a bound typescript text on Ironside's service as a British agent among the Boers in German South West Africa, 1902-1904, written by MacLeod in [1965] using Ironside's notes.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following sections: tank histories and bound volumes of documents concerning tank strategy and tactics, Tank Corps operations and the Battle of Cambrai; correspondence conccerning Canal Defence Light tanks; early papers; letters to his parents; literary and miscellaneous; occult; later accessions.

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 detailed Catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Existence and location of copies

The Centre holds two additional copies of Macleod's texts on Ironside (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Macleod 1/2 and1/3 and GB99 KCLMA Liddell Hart 15/14).

Related units of description

Papers of Sir Basil Liddell Hart include correspondence with Fuller, 1920-1966 (Ref: GB99 KCLMALiddell Hart 1/302). The Centre also holds a quantity of Macleod's papers (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Macleod and GB99 KCLMA Liddell Hart15/14). Special Collections Department, Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, USA, has a more substantial collection of Fuller's papers including correspondence, 1893-1966, drafts of published works and scrapbooks of newspapers and periodicals, cuttings, reviews and articles, 1920-[1966]. Royal Armoured Corps and Royal Tank Regiment Museum holds his diary, 1914-1918. The papers of Harold Montgomery Belgion at the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University (Ref: BLGN) include correspondence with Fuller. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regimental Museum, Headington, holds his journal, 1917-1918. The India Office Library holds a letter to Lt Gen Sir Alexander (Stanhope) Cobbe, Secretary of Military Department, IndiaOffice, 1921, relating to the use of tanks in India (Ref: L/Mil/7/1/133). The papers of Karl Van Wieganel at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, USA, also include correspondence with Fuller.

Publication note

The diary of his service in South Africa formed the basis for Fuller's book The last of the gentlemen's wars (Faber and Faber, London, 1937).

Notes

Note

Compiled Feb 1997

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

  • Armed forces
  • Armoured warfare
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Colonial conflicts
  • Colonial countries
  • Fascism
  • Higher science education
  • History
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military history
  • Military intelligence
  • Military organizations
  • Military theory
  • Motor vehicles
  • Mysticism
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Political doctrines
  • Political systems
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • Spiritualism
  • State security
  • Tanks
  • Totalitarianism
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Crowley, Edward Alexander, 1877-1947, occultist and mystic
  • Ironside, William Edmund, 1880-1959, 1st Baron Ironside of Archangel and of Ironside, Field Marshal
  • Liddell Hart, Sir, Basil Henry, 1895-1970, Knight, Captain, military historian
  • Macleod, Roderick Rory, 1891-1984, Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Tank Corps

Places

  • Cambrai, France
  • German South West Africa
  • Namibia, Southern Africa
  • South Africa, Southern Africa

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