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LIDDELL HART, Capt Sir Basil Henry (1895-1970)

Papers of Maj Gen George Lindsay (1880-1956)

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LH15/12 Papers of Maj Gen George Lindsay (1880-1956)


Liddell Hart: 15/12/1

1925-1937

Papers relating to tanks and mechanisation including letter from Lindsay to Col Charles Broad on tactical use of tanks in attack, 8 Jul 1925; papers by Brig Sir Frederick Alfred Pile, 'Mechanical maintenance of the Army' and 'The infantry tank', Jun-Aug 1935; letter to Lindsay from Lt Gen Sir (Warren) Hastings Anderson on mechanisation in India, 4 Jul 1926; letter to Lindsay and article by Col Bernard Law Montgomery, 'Some problems of mechanicalization', 20 Apr 1937; paper by Lindsay on armoured support for infantry, Apr 1937; letter to Lindsay from Lt Col Giffard Le Quesne Martel on tactical employment of tanks in Egypt, India and England, 31 May 1934. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/2

1924 Nov-1937 Aug

Papers relating to operational accounts including report, dated 15 Dec 1924, from FM Sir Edmund (Henry Hynman) Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo, High Commissioner for Egypt and the Sudan, to Austen Chamberlain MP, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, on mutiny of Sudanese troops in Khartoum, 27-28 Nov 1924; letter from Air Cdre William Foster MacNeece, Commanding Officer No1 Air Defence Group HQ, 3 Jun 1925, with report by Gp Capt Norman Duckworth Kerr MacEwen, Officer Commanding RAF Trans-Jordania, on operations against the Wahabi, Aug 1924; memorandum by Lt Col Francis Ivan Simms Tuker, on operations with 1/2 Gurkha Rifles in Waziristan, North West Frontier, India, Aug-Oct 1937. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/2

1927 Feb-1934 Aug

Papers relating to lectures and military training including text of lectures by Lindsay to Senior Officers' School, Sheerness, Kent, 17 Feb 1927, on tanks and co-operation with other arms; report on Staff College Conference, 1929, by Lt Col Frederick Elliot Hotblack; text of lecture by Lindsay to Southern Command Staff College candidates, 1933, on 'Military evolution'; text of lecture by Lindsay to Marlborough College Officer Training Corps, on mechanisation, 25 Nov 1933; correspondence with Maj Gen Arthur Edward McNamara, Director of Military Training, 30 Jul-1 Aug 1934, with memorandum on training of officers, 20 Oct 1932. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/3

1927 Jul 1-1937 Dec 8

Papers relating to mechanisation including memorandum stating opinion of Marshal Ferdinand Foch on mechanisation, circulated to Army Council by Gen Sir (James Frederick) Noel Birch, Master General of the Ordnance, 1 Jul 1927; reports by Lindsay on Royal Tank Corps, dated 12 Dec 1927 and 29 Oct 1928, to Gen Sir George Francis Milne, Chief of the Imperial General Staff; text of lecture by Maj Gen Ivo Lucius Beresford Vesey, Director of Staff Duties, to Staff Conference, Camberley, 'Future policy regarding mechanisation', 25 Jan 1929; report by Lindsay, 'Evolution of armoured brigades', for Maj Gen Ivo Lucius Beresford Vesey, Director of Staff Duties, 14 May 1929; agenda for Chief of the Imperial General Staff's Research Committee meeting, 25 April 1934, to discuss specifications for infantry support tank and infantry anti-tank gun, with note on Gerlick high velocity rifle; report by Brig William Platt, Commanding Officer, 7 Infantry Bde, on demonstration of Morris truck and light general service tractor, 13 Nov 1934; text of lecture by Brig Gordon (Nevil) Macready, Deputy Director of Staff Duties, at Army HQ, Simla, India, on reorganisation and re-equipment of the Army, with notes on progress in India, Feb 1937; letter from Maj William Henry Ewart Gott, HQ Baluchistan District, India, referring to Lindsay or Brig Charles Norrie, Commanding Officer, Aldershot Command, as most suitable for command of Mobile Div, 14 Apr 1937. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/3

1933 Dec-1934 Dec

Papers and correspondence with Brig Percy (Cleghorn Stanley) Hobart, Inspector Royal Tank Corps, on mechanisation including letters, 6 Dec 1933-16 Apr 1934, with memorandum 'Tanks for close co-operation' and letter on armoured forces from Brig Hugh Wharton Myddleton Watson, HQ Cairo Bde, 26 Feb 1934; letter from Hobart with memorandum critical of tank tactics in India and against cavalry and tanks co-operating on battlefield, 17 Aug 1934; letter from Hobart discussing meeting with FM Sir Archibald (Armar) Montgomery-Massingberd, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, naming Lindsay for eventual command of Mobile Div, 18 Oct 1934; memorandum by Hobart to Strathcona Committee, on promotion of Royal Tank Corps officers, Dec 1934. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/4

1926 May 15-1931 Jan 27

Papers relating to Royal Tank Corps and modernisation including report by Lindsay, 'Suggestions regarding the best means of rendering the Royal Tank Corps in particular and the Army in general more suitable to the probable requirements of future warfare', 15 May 1926, with notes and comments from Maj Gen Harry (Hugh Sidney) Knox, Director of Military Training, Lt Gen Walter Campbell, Quartermaster General, Col John Frederick Charles Fuller, Military Assistant to Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Brig Thomas Couper Mudie, Commandant, Royal Tank Corps Centre, and Gen Sir George Francis Milne, Chief of the Imperial General Staff; letter from Gen Sir Webb Gillman, Master General of the Ordnance, to Lt Gen Sir (Edward) Peter Strickland, Commander-in-Chief, Egypt, on arrival in Cairo of Maj Gen Sydney Capel Peck, Director of Mechanisation, to advise on use of armoured fighting vehicles, 27 Jan 1931; letter from Brig Hugh Jamieson Elles, Brigadier General Staff, Eastern Command, to Maj Gen Harry (Hugh Sidney) Knox, Director of Military Training, on technical training for commanding officers of mechanised units, 31 May 1927. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/5

1916-1934

Papers relating to reorganisation and mechanisation of cavalry including questionnaire, dated 10 Aug 1926, from Lt Col Ernest Ker Squires, Secretary, Cavalry Committee, completed by Lindsay, 25 Sep 1926, concerning cavalry requirements in future field force; report by Brig Philip Walhouse Chetwode, Commanding Officer, 2 Cavalry Div, on future organisation of cavalry units, Feb 1916; report by Lindsay to Lt Gen Sir (Edward) Peter Strickland on problems of mechanisation, 26 May 1930; completed questionnaire, dated 21 Apr 1926, from HQ Cavalry Div, following cavalry staff exercise; Monthly Intelligence Summary (War Office, Nov 1934). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/6

1924 Jul-1938 Jul

Papers relating to development of armoured and mobile forces including memorandum by Brig Ernest Lewin on tactical handling of a mobile force, 2 Jul 1924; memorandum by Gen Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles, Inspector Royal Tank Corps, on benefits of a tank division, Oct 1925; transcript of speech by Gen Sir George Milne, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, to officers of mechanised force, Tidworth, 8 Sep 1927; report by Col Charles (Noel Frank) Broad, Deputy Director of Staff Duties, to Maj Gen Sir Charles Bonham-Carter, Director of Staff Duties, on formation of four tank brigades by expanding Royal Tank Corps, Jul 1929; printed report by Lt Col Giffard (Le Quesne) Martel, Instructor, Staff College, Quetta, India, on mechanisation, 17 Nov 1932, and memorandum on organisation of mobile troops, 1935; papers by Brig Percy (Cleghorn Stanley) Hobart including assessment of an increase in tank units, 17 Jan 1935, memorandum on organisation of tank and mobile troops and organisation of tactical vehicles, 28 Jan 1935; reports by Brig Frederick Elliot Hotblack on reorganisation of tank units and German tank formations, Mar-Jul 1938; memorandum by Col Justice Crosland Tilly on expansion of Royal Tank Corps, 19 Jan 1935. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/6

1922 Sep 29-1924 Jul

Papers by Lindsay relating to armoured forces including report to Maj Gen Sir Theodore Fraser, GHQ Iraq, on training and use of armoured car units, 29 Sep 1922; memorandum to HQ, Royal Tank Corps Centre, on organisation and use of a mechanised force, 28 Apr 1924; report, for Senior Officers' School, Sheerness, Kent, discussing value of a 'light division', Jul 1924. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/7

1926-1931

Papers relating to Lindsay's role in Egypt as Brigadier General Staff, 1929-1932, including memorandum by Gen Sir George Francis Milne, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, on future organisation of Royal Tank Corps with reference to Egypt, 19 Apr 1928, with attached letter, dated 27 May 1929, from Lindsay to Maj Gen Sydney Capel Peck, Director of Mechanisation, on development of mechanised warfare establishment in Egypt; memorandum, dated 8 Dec 1931, from Lt Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart of Dens and Crichie, Commanding Officer 3 Div, to Maj Gen Charles Bonham-Carter, Director of Staff Duties, on the creation of Royal Tank Corps Group in Egypt, with attached letter from Lt Col Edward Carter, Commanding Officer 3 Armoured Car Co, Royal Tank Corps, stating value of armoured forces in Egypt, 12 Feb 1926; correspondence with Lt Col Frederick Elliot Hotblack on military and political situation in Egypt, May-Aug 1930; correspondence with Col Alan Francis Brooke, concerning lectures on importance of Egypt to UK for Imperial Defence College, London, 17-28 Feb 1933. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/8

1933-1934

Papers relating to formation of a Mobile Division including correspondence, dated 10-17 Nov 1933, between Lindsay and Brig Percy (Cleghorn Stanley) Hobart, Inspector Royal Tank Corps, with memorandum, dated 10 Nov 1933, on use of mechanised forces in European war; notes on discussion held at HQ 7 Infantry Bde, 19 Dec 1933, between Lindsay, Brig Percy (Cleghorn Stanley) Hobart, Lt Col Justice Crosland Tilly and Maj Richard Bridgeman, on use of infantry with armoured formations; report, dated 5 Feb 1934, by Lindsay to Gen Sir Archibald (Armar) Montgomery-Massingberd, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, on plans to create an experimental Mobile Division; memorandum, dated 7 Dec 1934, by Maj Gen Cecil (Percival) Heywood, Director of Staff Duties, on tactical mechanisation of infantry for use with mobile force; correspondence, dated Feb 1934, with Maj Richard Bridgeman on creation of a Mobile Division; War Office memorandum, dated 8 Dec 1934, on organisation of mobile troops. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/9

1934 Mar,1935 Mar

Official Report on Parliamentary Debates (HMSO Mar 1934, Mar 1935) with Army Estimates 1935 (HMSO 1935). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/10

1933 Dec-1934 Aug

Report, dated 7 Dec 1933, by Lt Col Leonard Hatton, Commanding Officer Camel Corps and Car Patrols, Egypt, on trial of Dunlop low pressure tyres for Ford two ton trucks with photographs of terrain and vehicles on trial. 1 file, 7 photographs


Liddell Hart: 15/12/11

1930-1935

Papers relating to setting of 'Strategy and Tactics No3' examination paper for Staff College, Camberley, 1935, including correspondence, dated Jun 1934, between Lindsay and Director of Staff Duties' department, War Office; copies of previous papers, 1930-1934, paper for 1935 and examination regulations. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/12

1939-1942

Papers relating to use of tanks including memorandum, dated May 1940, from Gen Sir John (Greer) Dill, Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff, to Maj Gen Sir John Ledlie Inglis Hawkesworth, Director of Military Training, on Royal Armoured Corps training; report dated 27 Nov 1942, by Brig Reginald Naesmyth, Commanding Officer, Armoured Fighting Vehicle School, Bovington, to Lt Gen Archibald (Edward) Nye, Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff, on visit to US Armored Force, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Sep-Oct 1942; report, dated 29 Apr 1942, by Brig Reginald Naesmyth, to HQ, Royal Armoured Corps Training Establishments, on technical training of Royal Armoured Corps crews; intelligence summary, dated 15 Feb 1942, by 8 Corps Intelligence Department, on British tactics as seen by Axis powers; correspondence between Lindsay, FM Sir William Edmund Ironside and Lt Gen Charles (Noel Frank) Broad on tank warfare, dated Sep-Dec 1939; memorandum, dated 20 Dec 1941, by Maj Gen Sydney Capel Peck on tank production; report, dated 7 Jan 1942, by Lt Col Nigel Duncan, Royal Tank Regiment, on armoured warfare; lecture notes, dated Jun 1941, by Brig Piers Duncan Williams Dunn, Senior Officers' School, Sheerness, Kent, on development of tactics. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/13

1922-1925

Correspondence and papers relating to mechanisation including memorandum by Lindsay, commanding 1 Group, Royal Tank Corps, Iraq, to GHQ, British Forces, Iraq, on operations with mechanised force in Ramadi area, 8 May 1922; correspondence with Maj Percy (Cleghorn Stanley) Hobart on mechanicalization and tactical deployment of a mechanised force, Jul-Sep 1924; agenda of General Officers Commanding Divisions Conference, Eastern Command HQ, 17-18 Nov 1924; correspondence and notes from Royal Tank Corps officers, including Maj Giffard (Le Quesne) Martel, on use and construction of wire-net roads, as used in Palestine 1917-1918, Nov-Dec 1924; correspondence with Maj Tom Holland, HQ 8 Infantry Bde, on tactical use of machine guns, with memorandum on machine guns for defence by Maj Reginald Nasmith, May-Jul 1925; personal correspondence with Lt Gen (Warren) Hastings Anderson, Brig Hugh Jamieson Elles, Col Sydney Capel Peck, Maj Percy (Cleghorn Stanley) Hobart and Maj Frederick Elliot Hotblack, Jul 1924-Aug 1925. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/13

1938-1947

Correspondence and papers relating to mechanisation including correspondence with Maj Thomas Ivor-Moore, Royal Tank Corps General Staff, India, on future Royal Tank Corps postings in India, 17-28 Mar 1938; correspondence with Lt Gen (Wellesley) Douglas (Studholme) Brownrigg, Military Secretary to Secretary of State for War, on Lindsay's appointment as Colonel-Commandant, Royal Tank Corps, 8-19 Jul 1938; correspondence with Col Justice Crosland Tilly, HQ Tank Bde, on possible amalgamation of Royal Tank Corps and cavalry, May-Sep 1938; correspondence with Brig Frederick Elliot Hotblack on deployment of tanks, Jun 1938-Feb 1939; correspondence with Capt Basil Liddell Hart discussing articles on mechanised warfare, German invasion plans, defence of villages and strategic importance of south west England, Jun 1940-Oct 1942. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/14

1935 Dec 31-1944 Sep 20

Correspondence, dated 1935-1944, with Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell including views on mechanisation and notes on Wavell's visit to observe Red Army manoeuvres, Sep 1936. 2 files


Liddell Hart: 15/12/15

1929 Dec 24-1932 Feb 11

Correspondence discussing mechanisation and tactical deployment of armoured forces between Lindsay, Brigadier General Staff, Egyptian Command, and contemporaries involved with mobile warfare including Lt Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart of Dens and Crichie, commanding 3 Div; Maj Gen Sir William Edmund Ironside, HQ Meerut District, India; Maj Gen Charles Bonham-Carter, Director of Staff Duties; Maj Gen Sydney Capel Peck, Director of Mechanisation; Brig Kenneth Macgregor Laird, Inspector Royal Tank Corps; Brig Charles (Noel Frank) Broad, commanding 1 Bde, Royal Tank Corps, and Capt Basil Liddell Hart. 6 files


Liddell Hart: 15/12/16

1934 Sep-Oct

Report and letters, dated 14 Sep and 3 Oct 1934, from Lt Col Giffard (Le Quesne) Martel, on development of 'mechanical coffin' one-man armoured carrier, with photographs of vehicle. 1 file, 10 photographs


Liddell Hart: 15/12/17

1939 Mar

Printed schedule for 'Modern formations exercise', Presidency and Assam District, Ranchi, India. 1 booklet


Liddell Hart: 15/12/18

1940-1942

Papers relating to operations in the Middle East and training lessons to be implemented including text of lectures by Brig Roy Jerram, Commanding Officer 7 Royal Tank Regiment, to HQ 43 Royal Tank Regiment, 15 and 16 Sep 1941, entitled 'The Libyan Campaign'and 'Lessons learned in the Libyan Campaign'; reports from GHQ Middle East on withdrawal from Cyrenaica and German attack on Crete, Jun-Jul 1941; report, dated 8 Feb 1941, by Lt Col A Hammet, Commanding Officer 2 Royal Tank Regiment, on battle of Beda Fomm with five sketch plans of dispositions of A Sqn, 2 Royal Tank Regiment in action at the 'Pimple', 5-7 Feb 1941; report, by General Staff, 8 Armoured Div, 30 Jan 1941, of operations by 7 Armoured Div around Sidi Barrani, Maddalena and Capuzzo, Jun-Oct 1940; report by General Staff, 8 Armoured Div, 14 Nov 1941, of withdrawal by 2 Armoured Div from Cyrenaica, Mar-Apr 1941 with printed map of Bengasi (1941) showing movements of 2 Armoured Div, 2 Support Group and 3 Armoured Bde, scale 1:1,000,000. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/19

1923 May,1920s

Lecture notes by Lindsay, Chief Instructor Royal Tank Corps Central Schools, on use of fire power in war. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/20

1916,1917 Nov,1935 Mar 25-29

Papers relating to War Office, Royal Tank Corps battlefield tour of Cambrai, France, 1935, including itinerary and explanatory notes of operations in 1917; lecture notes detailing preliminaries of battle; printed map of Battle of Cambrai, Nov 1917, scale 1:40,000; printed map of Valenciennes, (1916) scale 1:100,000; aerial photographs of the Cambrai battlefield and photograph of a tank, troops and trench in Nov 1917. 1 file, 3 photographs


Liddell Hart: 15/12/21

1920-1934

Papers relating to training, exercises and tanks including plans, war diary, operational instructions and administrative report on Southern Command 'Mobile Force' exercises, 18-21 Sep 1934, with letter to Lindsay, commanding Mobile Force, from Lt Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart of Dens and Crichie, General Officer Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command, and Director of Exercise, discussing exercise plans; report by Lindsay suggesting improvements for course at staff College, Camberley, 1920; plans and orders for armoured exercise with Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, Jul 1929; report by Gen Sir (Edward) Peter Strickland on Egypt Command Staff Exercise, 4 Dec 1930; printed memorandum from Committee of Imperial Defence on strength and organisation of the Cavalry, Feb 1928; five printed Ordnance Survey maps of England (1922-1925) Scale 1:253,440. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/12/22

1948

Lists compiled by Capt Basil Liddell Hart of Lindsay's papers, with letter, dated 27 Jun 1948, from Lindsay to Liddell Hart discussing research value of the material. 1 file

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