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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Norman
NORMAN, Maj Gen Charles Wake (1891-1974)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
4 files or 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

NORMAN, Maj Gen Charles Wake (1891-1974)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1891; educated, Eton; Trinity College Cambridge; joined 9 Lancers, 1913; served in France, 1914; commanded 9 Lancers, 1936-1938; commanded 1 Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade, France, 1940; Colonel 9 Lancers, 1940-1950; retired, 1946; High Sheriff of Kent, 1950-1951; member of Kent County Council, 1949-1955; died, 1974.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the family, May 1983.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Maj Gen Charles Wake Norman, notably on armoured warfare, 1938-1965, including copy of war diary, May 1940, France and Belgium; report of the Massy Committee on the military education of the army officer, 1938, and first progress reports; papers on armour, including discussion on armoured tactics, 1941, notes on the early history of 9 Armoured Div, order of battle, Jul 1942 for 1 Armoured Div; instructions; extract of letter from Maj John Scott, 12 May 1943; copies of correspondence with Correlli Barnett for on his book Desert Generals, 1961-1965, including copies of contemporary documents and typescript extract of war diary of James Taylor-Whitehead in France, 1914.

System of arrangement

Original order

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 provided 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, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

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

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

Jun 2008

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  • Armed forces
  • Armour
  • Armoured forces
  • Higher science education
  • History
  • International conflicts
  • Military education
  • Military equipment
  • Military history
  • Military organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • BARNETT, Correlli Douglas (b 1927), English Military Historian
  • NORMAN, Maj Gen Charles Wake (1891-1974)


  • Belgium
  • France
  • Western Europe
  • Western Europe

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