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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Maze
MAZE, Paul Lucien (1887-1979)
Created 1914-1975
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1887; served in World War One, 1914-1918, unofficially with Royal Scots Greys, later with French Army on reconnaissance work; served in World War Two, 1939-1945, in Home Guard and as personal Staff Officer to ACM Sir Arthur Travers Harris; appointed by Bomber Commander to help investigate the effects of British bombing raids on German towns, 1945; retiredfrom Army, 1945; established international reputation as painter; died in 1979.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

A Frenchman in khaki (William Heinemann, London and Toronto, 1934)

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers collected or created by Maze, 1914-1975, principally comprising correspondence with his World War One colleagues, 1918-1972, mainly relating to the second Battle of the Somme, 21 Mar-5 Apr 1918, and including letters from Gen Sir Hubert (de la Poer) Gough, 1918-1919, 1935, 1939, 1951, 1954-1956, 1963, Lt Gen Sir (Arthur) Edward Grasett, 1965, 1970, and LtGen Sir Frederick Ivor Maxse, 1919; photographs of Maze, 1914-[1918] and Gough, 1915; correspondence with Rt Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill concerning the Home Guard, 1943; photographs of ACM Sir Arthur Travers Harris, 1944; two typescript lists ofGerman towns attacked by British bombers, 1945.

System of arrangement

2 files

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

This Summary Guide, and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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


Compiled Jun 1997

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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  • Aerial bombardment
  • Air defence
  • Air warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Defence
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Churchill, Sir, Winston Leonard Spencer, 1874-1965, Knight, statesman
  • Gough, Sir, Hubert de la Poer, 1870-1963, Knight, General
  • Grasset, Sir, Arthur Edward, 1888-1971, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • Harris, Sir, Arthur Travers, 1892-1984, Knight, Marshal of the Royal Air Force
  • Maxse, Sir, Frederick Ivor, 1862-1958, Knight, General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • French Army


  • Germany
  • Somme, river, France

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