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MCLEOD, Gen Sir Roderick William (1905-1980)

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MCLEOD: 1 Papers relating to operations of the Special Air Service (SAS) during World War Two, and to its formation, 1944-1948


MCLEOD: 1/1

1944

Typescript memorandum entitled 'Summary of casualties inflicted on the enemy by Special Air Service (SAS) troops during operations in 1944', containing statistics compiled from official reports on Axis forces personnel killed, wounded or taken prisoner; transports captured or destroyed; railways, bridges, communications and military installations destroyed; equipment captured; SAS casualties. 2pp


MCLEOD: 1/2

[1944]

Typescript memorandum entitled 'Operations of the 4th French Parabattalion', relating to operations of 4 French Parachute Bn, Special Air Service (SAS) Bde, in Brittany, France, 5-30 Jun 1944, for the severance of German communications and the recruitment and arming of resistance groups, including establishment of bases for operations DINGSON, SAMWEST and GROG; details and activities of individual raiding parties. 6pp


MCLEOD: 1/3

[1944]

Typescript list of arms, ammunition, equipment and provisions sent to the Special Air Service (SAS) Bde in the field overseas (theatres of operation unspecified). 1p


MCLEOD: 1/4

1944

Typescript list of Special Air Service (SAS) Bde operations in France, 5 Jun 1944-27 Sep 1944, giving, by operation, numbers of men, containers, panniers and jeeps parachuted into the field. 2pp


MCLEOD: 1/5

1944

Typescript list of Special Air Service (SAS) Bde operations in France, Jun 1944-Sep 1944, giving, by operation, numbers of SAS Bde killed, wounded and missing. 2pp


MCLEOD: 1/6

1944 Sep 12

Typescript copy of letter to McLeod from Lt Col Morice, commanding FFI (Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur) in the department of Morbihan, France, with thanks for assistance rendered in arming Morice's forces, and with news of operations and German casualties incurred (translated from the original French to English). 1p


MCLEOD: 1/7

1944 Oct 27

Typescript memorandum [by Maj Eric Barkworth, intelligence officer, 2 Special Air Service?], giving an anecdotal account of the retrieval by an old man of the French Resistance of containers parachuted into the Pontivy area, France. 1p


MCLEOD: 1/8

[1946-1959]

Undated typescript narrative entitled 'Looking back to the French Special Air Service (SAS) in Brittany, 1944' by Lt Col Oswald Aloysius Joseph Cary-Elwes, 20 Liaison Headquarters, SAS Bde, relating to operations of his radio party parachuted into Brittany, France, in Jun 1944 to make contact with SAS and Maquis units. Two copies. 6pp


MCLEOD: 1/9

[1946-1959]

Undated typescript paper (author not given, probably officer of the Special Air Service) entitled 'Un parachutage' giving an anecdotal account of the retrieval by the French Resistance of containers parachuted onto a drop zone. 1p


MCLEOD: 1/10

1948 Nov 8

Typescript memorandum on the origins of the Special Air Service (SAS) by Col (Archibald) David Stirling, detailing his contribution to 'Layforce' and the formation of 'L' Detachment, Middle East, 1941; the origin of the SAS name and initial recruitment and training, 1941; the first SAS parachute operation, Timimi and Gazala, Cyrenaica, 16 Nov 1941; subsequent desert operations, Dec 1941-Jan 1943, including the raid on Benghazi, Cyrenaica, 13 Sep 1942; details of SAS establishment in Jan 1943. 8pp


MCLEOD: 2 Papers relating to the SAS following operations in Northern Europe, World War Two, 1945-1958


MCLEOD: 2/1

[1945 May]

Undated typescript memorandum entitled 'Notes on the organisation, history and employment of Special Air Service troops' [by Lt Col Ian G Collins, General Staff Officer 1 (SAS), 1 Airborne British Corps], containing review of SAS operations in North West Europe, Jun 1944-May 1945; proposals for future organisation of SAS; strategic and tactical roles; planning and preparation of operations, including allotment of aircraft or naval craft, surprise, intelligence, choice of drop zones, casualties and psychological warfare; technical points in the mounting of SAS airborne operations; inter-communications between base and field parties; administration, including clothing, equipment, weapons, ammunition and supplies; tactics and training, including jeeps and heavier weapons. 41pp


MCLEOD: 2/2

1945 May 7

Typescript memorandum entitled 'Notes on future of SAS' by Lt Col Ian G Collins, General Staff Officer 1 Special Air Service (SAS), 1 Airborne British Corps, containing proposals for SAS role in China, Indo-China and Siam under South East Asia Command (SEAC); administrative relations between SAS and Airborne Corps, Chief of Combined Operations, Special Operations Executive (SOE), War Office, and Chindits; future establishment of SAS. 6pp


MCLEOD: 2/3

[1945]

Undated typescript memorandum (author not given) on the future organisation of the Special Air Service (SAS), particularly relating to lessons learned from World War Two in communications, resupply, research and integration with the secret services, and to the formation of a proposed SAS Territorial Army unit. With comments on the memorandum prepared by Lt Col Ian G Collins, SAS, above. 9pp


MCLEOD: 2/4

1948 Oct 31

Report by Lt Col Brian F M Franks, Commanding Officer, 21 Special Air Service Regt (Artists Rifles), Territorial Army, on his unit's first year of existence, including remarks on recruitment, training, equipment, organisation of air supply. With appendices containg his proposals for the future strategic role and deployment of the SAS, and the constitution of its Higher Establishment (HE); reports by Maj J Neilson Lapraik, Maj Anthony Greville-Bell, and Lt Ronald Grierson, SAS regimental officers, on results of training camps attended in 1948. 23pp


MCLEOD: 2/5

[1958]

'The Special Air Service', undated typescript paper by Lt Col Lemon Evelyn Oliver Turton (Pat) Hart, SAS, reviewing previous duties of the SAS and proposing its future role, particularly in the context of nuclear warfare and imperial policing; establishing principles for the future deployment of special forces; suggestions for the organization of the SAS in the UK, BAOR and the Middle East. With manuscript annotations by McLeod. 12pp


MCLEOD: 3 Papers relating to lectures given by McLeod, 1944-1962


MCLEOD: 3/1

1944 Nov

Typescript notes for lecture on the Special Air Service (SAS) by McLeod [to 6 Airborne Div], mainly comprising summary of SAS operations in France following operation OVERLORD, with details of operational targets and results; numbers of men, containers, panniers and jeeps inserted by parachute. 11pp


MCLEOD: 3/2

1948 Aug 4

Typescript notes for a lecture by McLeod to the Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, relating to operation AMHERST, Holland, Apr 1945 and operations in France, Jun-Aug 1944, as examples of Special Air Service (SAS) Bde participation in strategic or tactical operations both with and without partisan forces; discussion of the role of the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) in operation TENEMENT, Simi, Aegean Sea, Jul 1944. 21pp


MCLEOD: 3/3

1949 Mar 28

Typescript notes for a lecture by McLeod [to the Staff College, Camberley, Surrey?], relating to examples of operations by special forces in World War Two as types of strategic, tactical, partisan co-operation, information gathering and seaborne operations, including operation AMHERST, Holland, Apr 1945 and operations in France, Jun-Aug 1944; operation TENEMENT, Simi, Aegean Sea, Jul 1944. 16pp (content similar to 4/3)


MCLEOD: 3/4

1949 Mar 28

Text of a lecture by McLeod [to the Staff College, Camberley, Surrey?], relating to examples of operations by special forces in World War Two as types of strategic, tactical, partisan co-operation, information gathering and seaborne operations, including operation AMHERST, Holland, Apr 1945 and operations in France, Jun-Aug 1944; operation TENEMENT, Simi, Aegean Sea, Jul 1944. Two copies. 10pp (content similar to 4/3)


MCLEOD: 3/5

[1949] Jul 29

Manuscript notes by McLeod for a lecture [to the Staff College, Camberley, Surrey ?] entitled 'Small scale airborne operations in enemy occupied territories', mainly relating to lessons learned from operations of special forces in World War Two and relevance to the planning of similar operations in a future war. 9pp


MCLEOD: 3/6

[1962]

Typescript of lecture on 'Special forces in the British Army' by McLeod to the US Army, including lessons learned from operations of the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa and Special Air Service (SAS) Bde in France during World War Two, and the SAS during the Malaya Emergency, 1950-1958; present organisation of the SAS and its future role 16pp


MCLEOD: 4 Maps and diagram relating to SAS operations in France, 1944


MCLEOD: 4/1

[1944]

Map entitled London-Paris, second edition army/air style, Dec 1943, covering Southern England, Northern France, Belgium and Holland, with annotations (key not given), possibly depicting location of units. Scale 1:1,000,000. 1p


MCLEOD: 4/2

[1944]

Printed map of France and Belgium, showing sites of Special Air Service Bde (SAS) operation bases, Jun-Sep 1944, and routes of SAS jeep operations DEFOE, NEWTON, SPENCER and WALLACE. GSGS, 1942. Scale 1:2,934,000. With manuscript key by McLeod. 2pp


MCLEOD: 4/3

1944

Typescript map of Northern France and Belgium, showing sites of Special Air Service Bde (SAS) operation bases, 1944 (allocated by 1 and 2 SAS Regt, 3 and 4 French Parachute Bn, Belgian 2 Parachute Coy and Phantom SAS Signals Section), and sites of SAS jeep operations DEFOE, NEWTON, KIPLING, SPENSER and WALLACE. 1p


MCLEOD: 4/4

1944

Typescript diagram entitled 'Special Air Service (SAS) troops signal lay-out, operations North West Europe, 1944', showing arrangement and means of signals communication between Headquarters SAS troops, SAS operational units in the field, RAF airfields, Allied Expeditionary Air Force, Military Intelligence (MI6 and MI9), 21 Army Group and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. 1p

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