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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA McLeod
MCLEOD, Gen Sir Roderick William (1905-1980)
Created 1944-1962
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1925; service in Khajuri Plains operations, North West Frontier, India, 1930-1932; E Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, India, 1932; Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1938; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 4 Infantry Div and War Office; Commanding Officer 1 Air Landing Light Regt, Royal Artillery, North Africa and Sicily, 1943; Deputy Commanding Officer, 1 Parachute Bde, 1943; Commanding Officer Special Air Service (SAS) Bde, 1944-1945; Director of Military Operations in India, 1945-1947; Imperial Defence College, 1947; Assistant Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, 1948-1949; Commanding Officer, Royal Artillery, 7 Armoured Div, British Army of theRhine, 1950; Director of Military Operations, War Office, 1951-1954; General Officer Commanding 6 Armoured Div, 1955-1956; Chief Army Instructor, Imperial Defence College, 1957; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Ministry of Defence, 1957-1960; General Officer Commanding, British Forces, Hong Kong, 1961-1962; General Officer Commanding, Eastern Command, 1963-1965.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by Gen Sir Roderick McLeod in 1979.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to operations of the Special Air Service (SAS) in France during World War Two and to its formation, 1944-1948; papers relating to the future role of the SAS following operations in Northern Europe, World War Two, 1945-1958; papers relating to lectures given by McLeod on the SAS, 1944-1962; maps and diagram relating to SAS operations in France, 1944.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically into discrete sections as above.

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
Finding aids

Summary guide entry and This detailed Catalogue, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Oct 1999

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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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Special Forces, Special Air Service


  • France

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