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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
LINGEN, Capt Albert Henry (1915-1974)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02m3


Name of creator(s)

LINGEN, Capt Albert Henry (1915-1974)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1915; Clerk for local government, Shrewsbury, 1930-1937; Assistant to Air Raid Precautions Controller, Shropshire, 1937-1940; engaged in civil defence activities, Shrewsbury, May 1940; service in Special Operations Executive (SOE); Palestine [1942]; parachuted into Greece as part of the Allied Military Mission to Greece, 1943; Liaison Officer commanding sub area of Grevena aerodrome, Greece 1943-1944; parachuted into enemy territory in Italy as part of Operation GELA BLUE (political and military liaison mission to the Italian partisans in Vittorio Veneto, including the Nino Nannetti Garibaldini Division, led by Col Francesco Pesce 'Milo', Mar-Apr 1945; engaged in establishing Allied Military Government in North East Italy, 1945-1946; Local Military Governor of Riva Zone, Trent, under American 5 Army, Jun 1945; on closure of zone controls transferred to Venice Region Headquarters, Padua and later to Milan to organise transport. Decorated by Italian Ministry of War, 30 Sep 1945, died 1974.Descriptions of Greek resistance groups (Greek: andartes) related to this collection:AAI: The National Liberation Front (Greek: Ethniko Apeleftherotiko Metopo) led by Georges Siados was a Communist group affiliated with the KKE - the Communist Party of Greece (Greek: Kommounistiko Komma Elladas).The military arm of EAM was ELAS, The National People's Liberation Army, (Greek: Ethnikos Laikos Apeleftherotikos Stratos), led by Ares Velouchiotis (real name Athanasios (Thanasis) Klaras).EDES: The National Republican Greek League (Greek: Ethnikos Demokratikos Ellenikos Syndesmos), was an anti-Communist, Republican group, led by political leader Nikolaos Plasteras and military leader Gen Napoleon Zervas.EKKA: National and Social Liberation (Greek: Ethnike kai Koinonike Apeleftherosis) led by Demetrios Psarros was a liberal, anti-Communist, Republican group.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family, 2004. Second accession, Feb 2007.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, photographs and maps, relating to operations in Greece and Italy, 1943-1945. Papers relating to the Allied Military Mission to Greek guerrillas (andartes) in German occupied Greece include: military instructions; financial papers; correspondence; Maj Ronald R Prentice's accounts book and account of Lingen's return to Grevena after the war. Papers relating to the political and military liaison mission to Italian partisans in Vittorio Veneto, including the Nino Nannetti Garibaldini Division, led by Col Francesco Pesce 'Milo', (Operation GELA BLUE), 1944-1945 and papers relating to establishing Allied Military Government in North East Italy following German withdrawal, 1945-1946, including correspondence, radio messages, notes, instructions, and papers relating to the Nino Nannetti Garibaldini Division. The collection also includes papers relating to Lingen's military training; Lingen's official and personal documents; photographs, chiefly from Allied Military Mission to Greece and Italy; maps of Palestine, Greece and Italy and testimonials and notes for Lingen's curriculum vitae.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as follows: Training papers, papers relating to Greece, papers relating to Italy, official and personal documents, photographs, maps and curriculum vitae and testimonials.

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

English. Some Greek and Italian.

Finding aids

Summary guide entry available online; Lingen detailed catalogue online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Related units of description

Reports and infiltration estimate by Lingen can be found in the papers of Maj Ronald R Prentice and Capt H Arthur Wickstead (1913-1989). The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives holds several collections relating to Special Operations Executive (SOE) operations in Greece and the Balkans, 1942-1945, and the Allied Military Mission to the Greek guerrillas in German occupied Greece, 1942-1945, including the papers of Col Hon Christopher Montague Woodhouse (Ref: Woodhouse); Brig Edmund Charles Wolf Myers (Ref: Myers); Brig Godfrey Pennington Hobbs (Ref: Hobbs); Lt Col Count Julian A Dobrski (Ref: Dobrski); Maj Ronald R Prentice and Capt H Arthur Wickstead (Ref: Prentice/Wickstead); Maj Philip Frederick Nind (Ref: Nind); Capt Patrick Hutchinson Evans (Ref: Evans) and Sir Derek Sherborne Lindsell Dodson (Ref: Dodson).The National Archives hold a substantial collection of material relating to SOE operations, most notably Political Warfare Executive correspondence (Ref: FO 898/25-28); papers relating to SOE activities, Middle East, Cairo, 1940-42 (Ref: FO 898/113-114); Quarterly Reports of Special Operations Executive, Oct 1943-Dec 1945 (Ref: PREM 3/408/1); Confidential Papers of Col William J Donovan, 1940-41 (Ref: PREM 4/25/5); and, Special Operations Executive: Balkan Files (Ref: HS 5).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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

Oct 2008


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Personal names

  • LINGEN, Capt Albert Henry (1915-1974)
  • PRENTICE, Ronald R, Major,(1913-1980)
  • WICKSTEAD, H Arthur, Captain (1913-1989)

Corporate names

  • EDES
  • Ethnikon Apeleftherotikon Metopon-Ethnikos Laikos Apeleftherotikos Stratos
  • Ethnikos Demokratikos Ellenikos Syndesmos
  • Greek resistance movement x Ethnikon Apeleftherotikon Metopon-Ethnikos Laikos Apeleftherotikos Stratos x The National Liberation Front x The National People's Liberation Army
  • Greek resistance movement x Ethnikos Demokratikos Ellenikos Syndesmos x The National Republican Greek League
  • Special Operations Executive


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