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HAMILTON, Gen Sir Ian Standish Monteith (1853-1947)

Official papers, 1905-1910

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1905 Aug 22-1908 Jun 27

Printed papers issued by Hamilton as General Officer Commanding Southern Command, comprising his remarks on training of troops under his command during 1906, 1907 and 1908; memoranda for essays on campaigns and military science to be submitted by officers, 1906 and 1908; memorandum to Commanding Officers of Volunteers, regarding extended line tactical movement of units, 1 Aug 1906; guiding memorandum for Commanding Officers writing confidential reports upon subordinate officers, 25 Jan 1908. 1 file


1906 Oct 6

Letter received by Hamilton from Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane MP, Secretary of State for War, regarding the precedent raised by Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, having attended German Army manoeuvres at Breslau, Germany. 2pp


1906 Oct 17,1919

Report by Hamilton to the War Office on his observation of Austro-Hungarian Army exercises at Teschen, Austria-Hungary, and German Army exercises at Breslau, Germany, Aug-Sep 1906, and comparisons of the respective strengths and weaknesses of British, Austrian and German cavalry, infantry and artillery (with footnotes added by Hamilton, 1919). 47pp


1907 Feb 16-1907 Mar 2

Correspondence between Hamilton and Sir George Sydenham Clarke, Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence, relating to evidence to be submitted by Hamilton to the Committee upon logistical requirements for a British force defending the North West Frontier of India, in the event of a Russian invasion of Afghanistan and outbreak of hostilities between Russian and Great Britain. 1 file, 3 letters


1907 May 31-1908 May 27

Correspondence between Hamilton and Henry Head and Co Ltd, Insurance Brokers, London, relating to premiums for employers' liability insurance for servants employed by Hamilton at Tidworth House, Andover, Hampshire. 1 file


1908 Mar 22-1909 Aug 25

Correspondence relating to Hamilton's observation of Russian Army manoeuvres at Ropsha, Tsarskoe Seloe, Russia, including two letters to Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane MP, Secretary of State for War, on Hamilton's conversations with Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, 25 and 26 Aug 1909; typescript report by Hamilton to Col Sir Edward Willis Duncan Ward, Permanent Under Secretary of the War Office, on the manoeuvres and his impressions of senior Russian officers. With typescript article 'Skobeleff in the Kokhand Campaign, Aug 1875-Jan 1876' by Maj Francis Lyon, Assistant Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence. 1 file


1909 Jan 2

Letter sent by Hamilton to Gen Sir William Gustavus Nicholson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, on the relative merits of captive balloons, dirigibles and aeroplanes for reconnaissance, artillery spotting and bombing. 6pp


1909 Sep 11-1909 Sep 20

Notebook kept by Hamilton as British observer of Saxon Army exercises at Chemnitz, Germany, including his comments on progress of the manoeuvres and his meetings with Wilhelm II, Kaiser of Germany, German Gen Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke, Chief of the General Staff, and German Lt Gen D'Elsa. 1 vol


1909 Nov 2,1923

Reports by Hamilton to the Director of Military Operations, War Office, on his observation of Saxon Army exercises at Chemnitz, Germany, 8-21 Sep 1909, including his meeting with Wilhelm II, Kaiser of Germany, and German Gen Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke, Chief of the General Staff, and photograph of Hamilton with German General Staff officers. 106pp, 3 photographs (copy no 1 has footnotes added by Hamilton in 1923, copies 2-5 are missing 1923 footnotes and pp 94-106)

HAMILTON: 4/2/10


Printed volume entitled 'Report on foreign manoeuvres', by the British General Staff, comprising reports on military exercises conducted during 1909 by Austria-Hungary, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. 1 vol, 213pp

HAMILTON: 4/2/11


'The Near Eastern question', typescript of lecture on hostilities in the Balkans since 1878 and consequences for relations between the great European powers, by Maj C D Symonds, British General Staff, Nov 1909, and revised by Maj Frederick Cunliffe Owen, British General Staff, Aug 1910. 26pp


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