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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Pitt
PITT, Lt Col (Charles) John (William) (1907-1996)
Created 1985, spanning 1940-1943
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Pitt, (Charles) John (William), 1907-1996, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1907; Rhodes scholar from Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), 1929; forester in Colonial Forest Service, Tanganyika, East Africa; returned to UK, 1939; served 22 (EA) Infantry Bde, Abyssinia, 1940-1942, as platoon commander of the 1/6 (Tanganyika) King's African Rifles; Madagascar, 1942-1943; died 1996.

Archival history


Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by John Pitt in 1989.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of typescript memoirs of the service in Africa of John Pitt, 1940-1943, entitled 'Adui Mbele (Enemy in Front): Some Recollections of a Platoon Commander in the East African Campaign (1940-41) and on Brigade Staff in Madagascar (1942-43)', detailing the arrival in South Africa of Pitt, the background to the campaign, personalities and expeditionary summaries.

System of arrangement

One file of memoirs.

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 in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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

John Pitt informed the Centre in 1989 that he had offered the Imperial War Museum and National Army Museum copies of the recollections.

Related units of description

LHCMA: Dimoline papers relating to the service as CO, 22 East Africa Infantry Bde, of William Alfred Dimoline.



Compiled Mar 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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  • Armed forces
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military organizations
  • Military personnel
  • Organizations
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Pitt, Charles John William, 1907-1996, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Madagascar, East Africa

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