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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Liardet
LIARDET, Maj Gen Henry Maughan ('Bill') (1906-1996)
1943, 1996
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Liardet, Henry Maughan ('Bill'), 1906-1996, Major General

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1906; son of Major General Sir Claude Francis Liardet; educated at Bedford College; commissioned into Territorial Army, 1924; regular commission, Royal Tank Corps, 1927; served in India and Egypt, 1927-1938; Staff College, Camberley, 1939; served in War Office 1939-1941; commanded 6 Royal Tank Regiment, 1942-1944; General Staff Officer 1, 10 Armoured Division, El Alamein, 1942; Commander, 1 Armoured Replacement Group, 1944; Second in Command, 25 Tank Brigade (later Assault Brigade), 1944-1945; Commander, 25 Armoured Engineer Brigade, Apr-Sep 1945; Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General 1945-1946; Colonel in Command of Administration, 1946; served with 1 Armoured Division, Palestine, 1947; Brigadier, Royal Armoured Corps, Middle East Land Forces, 1947-1949; Commander, 8 Royal Tank Regiment, 1949-1950; Deputy Director of Manpower Planning, War Office, 1950-1952; Commander, 23 Armoured Brigade, 1953-1954; Imperial Defence College, 1955; Chief of Staff, British Joint Services Mission (Army Staff), Washington DC, USA, 1956-1958; Aide de Camp to the Queen, 1956-1958; Director General of Fighting Vehicles, War Office, 1958-1961; Deputy Master General of the Ordnance, War Office, 1961-1964; retired, 1964; Colonel Commandant, Royal Tank Regiment, 1961-1967; died 1996.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 2006.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Photocopy manuscript letter giving detailed account of operations as commander, 6 Royal Tank Regiment, Gazala Line, Libya, 15 May-14 June 1942, written to his wife from Iraq, 18 Feb 1943; also copy of article, 'The Gazala Battles' by Rear Admiral Guy Liardet (son), printed in TANK regimental magazine, Aug 1996.

System of arrangement

1 file as set out 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


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Original letter remains in possession of the family.

Related units of description

Papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Maj Gen Sir Claude Francis Liardet, 1931-1966, and with Maj Gen Henry Maughan (Bill) Liardet, 1949-1966 (Refs: KCLMA LH 1/445; LH2L/101/1-2 1949). Papers of Sir Harold English Pyman include correspondence with Maj Gen Henry Maughan (Bill) Liardet, 1963 (Ref: KCLMA Pyman 13/1/8-9) and correspondence between Pyman and Col P H Hordern, regimental Col Commandant, Royal Tank Regt, Maj Gen Henry Maughan (Bill) Liardet and others relating to the Royal Tank Regt, primarily on administrative matters, 1961-1963 (Ref: KCLMA Pyman 13/1/8).

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

Dec 2006

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  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Liardet, Henry Maughan ('Bill'), 1906-1996, Major General


  • Gazala, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa

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