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PYMAN, Sir Harold English (1908-1971)

Papers

References on this page: PYMAN: 1-5


PYMAN: 1 Papers relating to Pyman and the Royal Tank Cadre and their work with the 17/21 Lancers during their conversion from a cavalry to an armoured regiment, 1937-1952


PYMAN: 1/1

[1937 Dec]

Memorandum by Pyman entitled 'the case for the retention of the Royal Tank Corps cadre after 1 Jan 1939'. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 1/2

[1938]

'Notes on reorganisation' giving a description of the re-organisation of the British Army under the following headings: the formation of the mobile division, the re-organisation of the Royal Tank Corps, the re-organisation of the Infantry divisions, the re-organisation of the Royal Artillery, the provision of up to date equipment for various other arms and services. Printed 4pp


PYMAN: 1/3

1938 Jan 20

Paper entitled 'Unofficial summary of Royal Tank Corps Information no. 1 for 1938' issued by Army Headquarters, India with sections on tanks, weapons and information on the new Alvis Strassler light tank and the Christie cruiser tank. Typescript, 6pp (2 copies)


PYMAN: 1/4

1938 [Jan]

Chart drawn up by Pyman illustrating the allocation training sessions among instructors and troops, includes sessions on general principles, wheeled vehicles, tanks, tactical gunnery and motorcycles. Manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 1/5

1938 May 3

'Notes on mechanised cavalry units'including sections on the function of cavalry light tank regiments, principles of employment of divisional cavalry, characteristics of a divisional cavalry regiment, protective role, independent role, action during battle, rear guards, control, system of wireless communication within a divisional cavalry regiment, organisation of mechanised divisional cavalry regiment, difference between divisional cavalry and light tank regiments, with accompanying letter from the War Office. Typescript, 7pp


PYMAN: 1/6

[1938]

Notes on 'Some of the problems of a cavalry regiment in its process of reorganisation' discussing the problems faced by commanders in adjusting to using the armoured fighting vehicles, in particular their tactical handling, armament, fire control, their strengths, weaknesses and means of internal and external communication. Typescript, 4pp (2 copies)


PYMAN: 1/7

1938 Jun 20

Progress report written by Pyman for Col Patrick Vyvian Harris 17/21 Lancers on the re-organisation of the regiment with sections on decentralisation, driving and maintenance courses, gunnery, motor cycle drivers course, workshops, technical stores, outstanding items of importance, future. With appendices A-E described at refs. 1/8-1/11. Typescript, 8pp


PYMAN: 1/8

1938

Memorandum by Pyman sent to the Adjutant 17/21 Lancers, Meerut, India with suggestions for changes to the vehicle inspection programme. With allocations of squadron commanders for vehicle inspections, marked 'A', forming appendix to Pyman's progress report on the re-organisation of the regiment, ref.1/7. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 1/9

[1938]

Notes by Pyman entitled 'The technical officers remarks to Commanding Officer' relating to the conditions of the tanks and vehicles in terms of performance and state of repair, marked 'B', forming an appendix to Pyman's progress report on the re-organisation of the regiment, ref.1/7. Typescript 3pp


PYMAN: 1/10

[1938]

Text of lecture by Pyman on vehicle inspection and maintenance, includes sections on types of inspection and preparation for inspections, object of maintenance, types of maintenance and guidelines for good maintenance, marked 'C', forming appendix to Pyman's progress report on the re-organisation of the regiment, ref.1/7. Typescript, 3pp (3 copies)


PYMAN: 1/11

[1938]

Notes by Pyman on technical duties to be assigned to the technical staff by the Commanding Officer after re-organisation, marked 'E', forming an appendix to Pyman's progress report on the re-organisation of the regiment, ref.1/7. Typescript, 3pp


PYMAN: 1/12

[1938]

Memorandum sent by Pyman to the Adjutant, 17/21 Lancers to accompany mechanical and gunnery history sheets giving details of students' preliminary instruction and explaining the nature and contents of these sheets. Typescript, 2pp (2 copies). Sheets not included


PYMAN: 1/13

[1938]

Notes by Pyman entitled 'Suggestion for first line maintenance which can be carried out by an Armoured Fighting Vehicle unit' listing the repairs possible on the suspension, engine, transmission, cooling, electricity and painting. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 1/14

[1938]

Notes and organisational chart by Pyman outlining a proposal for the establishment of a workshop for a cavalry light tank regiment capable of performing first and second line maintenance and unit and workshop inspections. Manuscript, 4pp


PYMAN: 1/15

1938 Oct 6

Notices from Adjutant 17/21 Lancers on the formation of new workshop units, Royal Indian Army Service Corps, for British cavalry reorganisation. Typescript, 5pp


PYMAN: 1/16

[1938]

Notes for an NCO on points to remember on range duty. With chart showing the formation of the tanks. Manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 1/17

[1938]

Text of a lecture by Pyman entitled 'Some thoughts on the tactical use of Armoured Fighting Vehicles for the Army at home and the Army in India', with sections on organisation at home and in India, roles of the Cavalry Light Tank Regiment, Infantry Tanks, Tank Brigades, tanks in India. Typescript with manuscript annotations, 4pp


PYMAN: 1/18

[1938]

Brief notes for a lecture by Pyman on 'Fire direction and control of an Armoured Fighting Vehicle'. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 1/19

[1938]

Text of a lecture by Pyman on 'Role and characteristics of light tank' with sections on establishment, characteristics, limitations, co-operation with other arms on the frontier, tanks co-operating with a cavalry brigade, co-operation as divisional troops with Infantry in normal types of country. Typescript, 5pp (2 copies)


PYMAN: 1/20

[1938]

Text of a lecture by Pyman entitled 'Provisional instructions for the tactical training of British Cavalry Light Tank Regiments in India, includes sections on probable war roles, tank tactics, stages in training, troop and squadron tactics, tactical handling of the regiment. With diagrams. Typescript, 11pp


PYMAN: 1/21

1938 Sep

Notes relating to tank demonstration of Mark 6 and Mark 2B light tanks with detailed specifications for both types. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 1/22

[1938]

Diagrams of troop and tank formations including troop in line, troop in column, troop diamond, squadron artillery formation, attack by troop, attack by a troop (with cover available), troop in withdrawal, flank protection by a troop, tanks used to clear away opposition holding up horsed cavalry. Typescript and drawing, 7pp


PYMAN: 1/23

1983 Nov 17-23

Memorandum related to field firing sent by Adjutant 17/21 Lancers including sections on method, strength, ammunition, transport, equipment, safety precautions and reconnaissance. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 1/24

1938 Nov

Memorandum on collective training and field firing sent by Adjutant 17/21 Lancers, outlining safety precautions and procedure for firing exercise. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 1/25

[1938 Dec]

Notes on the stages of training in a cavalry light tank regiment, including the standards and skills required for each stage of training. Typescript, 6pp


PYMAN: 1/26

1938 Dec 20

Notes on 17/21 Lancers and individual training, 1939 outlining the new organisation of training including training in driver mechanics, wireless, driving, weapon training. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 1/27

[1939]

Paper entitled 'Twenty four points for drivers of military vehicles' including sections on road sense, vehicle control, driving. Typescript, 1p (2 copies)


PYMAN: 1/28

1939 Jun - 1952 Jun 6

The white lancer and the vedette, the regimental journal of the 17/21 Lancers, No. 1 April 1939, including on pages 6-7 an article on Pyman's work with the Royal Tank Corps Cadre and the 17/21 Lancers and on page 2 a note about Pyman leaving for Staff College. With note to Liddell Hart accompanying the journal. Journal and typescript letter, 1p


PYMAN: 2 Papers relating to Pyman as an Instructor at the Staff College, Quetta, India, 1939-1941


PYMAN: 2/1

1940 May 30

Letter from Pyman to Brig Thomas William Corbett, Maj Gen Cavalry, Army Headquarters India relating to Indian mobile forces responding to proposals by Corbett in a previous letter. With Pyman's views on the proposed Indian armoured forces; the Light Tank as the basis of Indian armed forces; the basic components of a modern armoured force. Typescript, 10pp


PYMAN: 2/2

[1940]

Notes on general considerations and actual conduct of armoured combat including tactical principles, Armoured Fighting Vehicle manoeuvre, Armoured Fighting Vehicle gunnery, the enemy, planning, advance to contact, pursuit or withdrawal. Typescript, 12pp


PYMAN: 2/3

1940

Text of lecture by Pyman for the No. 2 war course, Staff College, Quetta, India entitled 'Some thoughts about the Indian Armoured Div' discussing the organisation of the Indian Armoured Division, the exercise of command and staff duties, air co-operation and support for the division, tank versus tank combats. Typescript 10pp


PYMAN: 2/4

1940 Jul -Sep

Papers for circulation at Army Headquarters, India on 'Modern defence in intensive warfare' issued by Army Headquarters, India, General Staff Branch. Printed pamphlet 18pp


PYMAN: 2/5

1940 Nov

Paper on 'The future organisation, training and tactics of armoured formations', with appendices A, B, B2 & C including proposed syllabus for a course at the fighting vehicles school for staff officers and suggested organisation for the armoured corps, an independent heavy tank brigade and a divisional reconnaissance unit. Typescript, 23pp


PYMAN: 2/6

[1940] Dec 8

Letter to Pyman from [Wilkie] of the Guides Cavalry, Frontier Force, India accompanying figures for personnel and equipment for the provisional peace establishment for the Indian Armoured Regiment. Typescript and manuscript letter, 5pp


PYMAN: 2/7

1941 May

Booklet issued by Staff College, Quetta, India entitled 'Suggested headings for operation orders for armoured formations and units' covering warning orders, operation order, advance, attack, armoured combat, defence, withdrawal, attack (infantry formation or units orders), attack (heavy armoured or army tanks). Printed


PYMAN: 2/8

1941

Paper on 'Mobile troops (armoured)' for No. 3 war course, Staff College, Quetta, India consisting of a summary of the lectures on armoured formations with sections on historical survey, the principal roles of armoured formations, the organisation of armoured formations, the roles of the components of an armoured division. With appendices, organisation chart showing the organisation of the Armoured Division, UK (B); notes on characteristics of light and cruiser tanks and armoured tanks (C), the nomenclature of certain units of Indian Armoured Troops (D); notes on German mobile troops (E); notes on Italian mobile troops (F); chart showing Italian Corps mobile reconnaissance group (F1); notes on Russian mobile troops (G); operations of mobile troops in the 'breakthrough' battle (H); administrative notes with regard to an armoured division, UK (J). Printed 12pp


PYMAN: 2/9

1941

Paper on 'Attack' for No.3 war course, Staff College, Quetta, India in three parts. With appendices A, a drill for recce and deployment; B, suggested headings for attack order. Printed 16pp


PYMAN: 2/10

1941

Paper on 'Co-operation of Army tank units with other arms in the deliberate attack' for No.3 war course, Staff College, Quetta, India consisting of a series of 12 diagrams illustrating the relationship between the arms and the tank units in attacking situations. Printed booklet, issued by Staff College, 26pp (2 copies)


PYMAN: 2/11

1939

The owl, magazine of Staff College, Quetta (Quetta, 1939). Printed


PYMAN: 2/12

1940 Dec

The owl, magazine of Staff College, Quetta (Quetta, 1940) published for 2 War Course. Printed


PYMAN: 2/13

1941 Jan-Jun

The owl, magazine of Staff College, Quetta (Quetta, 1941) published for 3 War Course. Printed


PYMAN: 3 File relating to Pyman as General Staff Officer with 7 Armoured Division, 30 Corps, 8 Army, 1941 Nov - Dec


PYMAN: 3/1

1941 Nov 18- Dec 27

File entitled 'An account of the operations in Libya, 18 Nov - 27 Dec 1941' consisting of a narrative account of the British offensive in Cyrenaica and the role of 7 Armoured Div in this offensive, by Maj Gen William Henry Ewart Gott, Commander 7 Armoured Div, includes chapters on the approach march, the Battle of Sidi Rezegh, the enemy counter-offensive, the offensive operations around Bir El Gubi, the pursuit, the turning of Temerad and the capture of Benghasi, general administration, administrative lessons, enemy methods and tactics. With maps, 'Cyrenaica', scale 1:1000,000 (1); 'Egypt and Cyrenaica, sheet 3 Salum-Tobruch', scale 1:250,000 (2); 'Approach to contact map' showing area between Salum and Tobruk, scale 1:500,000 (3); 'Sidi Rezegh & Bir El Gubi', scale 1:250,000 (4); 'Tobruk - Maddalena', scale 1:500,000 (5); 'Tobruk - Mechili', scale 1:500,000 (6); 'Bengasi', scale 1:500,000 (7). Bound file of typescript papers


PYMAN: 4 Papers relating to Pyman's tenure as Commander of 3 Royal Tank Regiment, 10 Armoured Div, 10 Corps, 8 Army, 1942-1943


PYMAN: 4/1

1953 Feb 21

Covering letter from Pyman to Capt Sir Basil Liddell Hart sent with file of directives dating from his command of 3 Royal Tank Regt. With list of directives, some of which are described at Refs. 4/2 - 4/10 (not all those listed were included in the collection) Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 4/2

1943 Feb

'Notes on the tactical handling of an armoured regimental group, written for the guidance of young officers'. Typescript, 27pp


PYMAN: 4/3

[1942]

Royal Tank Regiment directives issued by Pyman on the following subjects: 'Gunnery', 23pp; 'Inspection and maintenance of vehicles', 6pp; 'Administration', 4pp; 'Battle drill', 3pp; 'Intelligence and security in the field', 2pp; 'Hygiene and sanitation', 6pp; 'Anti-gas', 2pp; 'Navigation', 5pp; 'In the field', 1p. Typescript


PYMAN: 4/4

[1942]

'Notes on leaguering', outlining procedure for positioning of vehicles, allocation of duties, observation of radio silence, sleeping arrangements when vehicles in leaguer (camped for the night). With diagram of tank positions. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 4/5

1942 Nov 18

Tactical minute written by Pyman circulated to A, B & C squadrons relating to the problem of keeping a major offensive thrust mobile. With appendices sector of a defensive position (A); suggested orders for RAF barrage (B); suggested organisation of a heavy armoured division (C). Typescript, 10pp


PYMAN: 4/6

1942 Dec 12-17

Paper by Pyman on 'New lessons from recent operations 12 Dec to 17 Dec 1942', the recent operations included the Battle of Alam Halfa and the Battle of El Alamein. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 4/7

[1942]

Paper by Pyman relating to the handling of anti-tank guns discussing how the Germans employed the anti-tank guns of the Panzer formations and considering how the British should use them in their armoured formations, with particular reference to desert warfare. Typescript, 7pp


PYMAN: 4/8

1943 Jan

Paper by Pyman entitled 'Lessons from operations Wadi Tamet to Tripoli' discussing the German's methods of withdrawal and the difficulties the Allies were having in destroying enemy rearguards. With recommendations in the areas of organisation, equipment and tactics. Typescript, 3pp


PYMAN: 4/9

[1943 Feb]

Text of a lecture by Pyman discussing the actions of an armoured brigade group against an enemy rearguard in open country, lecture given at a demonstration by 8 Armoured Bde including detailed commentary on the demonstration. Typescript, 20pp


PYMAN: 4/10

1943 May

Text of lecture given by Pyman at the request of Maj Gen (Charles) Willoughby (Moke) Norrie to the press relating to the development of armoured warfare, briefly summarising the progress of the war in the Western Desert from 1941-1942 and the leadership skills of Norrie, Maj Gen William Henry Ewart Gott, Gen Bernard Law Montgomery and Lt-Gen. Sir Oliver William Hargreaves Leese. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 4/11

[1943]

Précis of a lecture on the Army tank brigade discussing factors such as as the minefield, the anti-tank gun, the tank buster, tank gunnery, the technique of reconnaissance and the roles of the armoured division and their responsibility for changes in armoured warfare, including diagrams. Typescript, 11pp


PYMAN: 4/12

1943 Nov

Pamphlet The co-operation of tanks with infantry divisions in offensive situations (Headquarters 21 Army Group, 1943), issued by the Commander in Chief, 21 Army Group to Company, Battery and Squadron commanders. Printed, 23pp


PYMAN: 5 Papers relating to Pyman as Brigidier General Staff, 30 Corps, 2 Army, 21 Army Group in the Normandy Landings, 1944-1945


PYMAN: 5/1

1944 Jun 5 - Jul 12

File of papers relating to BIGOT the plans for Operation NEPTUNE, the Normandy landings and associated operations, the assault phase of Operation OVERLORD including Identified Order of Battle - Neptune area, as known 31 May 1944; list of radio code words and frequencies to be used by 30 Corps, 31 May 1944; 'Build up form at a glance', a paper showing the projected times of arrival on beach of units and expected time they would be fit for action; tables showing numbers of guns, tanks and other vehicles landed; 30 Corps hostile battery list no. 1 with map references, source of information, number of guns; chart showing numbers and types of vehicles per unit with expected times of landing; diagrams showing the communication arrangements for D Day in three stages of build up; text of briefing of 30 Corps at Headquarters, 5 Jun in which Pyman outlines the expected timescale of the advance by 30 Corps, with printed messages from Eisenhower at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) and from Gen Sir Bernard Law Montgomery; manuscript notes by Pyman entitled 'The first survey - Normandy Jul 9' in which he outlines what has been achieved in Normandy, Italy and Russia; '30 Corps appreciation notes', 12 Jul 1944 setting out the objectives of 30 Corps after D Day - the capture of Noyers and move to the high ground of Villers Bocage, France. With maps of northern France entitled 'IMPLACABLE' and 'PROJECT CREAM CRACKER' illustrating the plans for assault on the the German line between Caumont and Villers-Bocage, 12 Jun 1944. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/2

1944 Sep 17-26

21 Army Group Report on Operation MARKET GARDEN describing 30 Corps planning and execution of Operation GARDEN. With map showing the Nijmegen area, Netherlands with troop positions illustrated, sketch map showing detail of routes to Arnhem, scale 1:250,000. 1 vol


PYMAN: 5/3

1944 Dec 20- 1945 Jan 8

30 Corps Intelligence Summaries, giving latest information on enemy positions in the area, strength, equipment and organisation with a summary of the latest German propaganda broadcasts and reports of latest interrogations of captured troops, sent to 30 Corps by the General Staff. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/4

1945 Feb 2

File marked '2 Army Planning Study' relating to Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine at Rheinberg, Xanten and Rees, Germany by 21 Army Group, 24 Mar 1945, in 5 parts.


PYMAN: 5/4/1

1945 Feb 2

Part 1 of file '2 Army Planning Study' relating to Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine at Rheinberg, Xanten and Rees, Germany by 21 Army Group, 24 Mar 1945 relating to resources and troops likely to be available, with index diagram 'CA24 1:12,500 - The Rhine, SA 18 Germany 1:12,500, CA 26 1:5,000' showing various maps of the Rhine area; map trace 'Selected crossing sites', 1:100,000 GSGS 4416, sheets P1 and Q1; map trace 'Route development' 1:100,000 GSGS 4416, sheets P1, Q1 GSGS 2541, sheet 5; map trace 'Details of models', 1:100,000, GSGS 4416, sheets P1 and O1.


PYMAN: 5/4/2

1945 Feb 2

Part 2 of file '2 Army Planning Study' relating to Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine at Rheinberg, Xanten and Rees, Germany by 21 Army Group, 24 Mar 1945 relating to Intelligence, including topographical information, enemy order of battle and military government with soil map of Netherlands and Germany, 1:100,000, part of sheets GSGS 2541, sheet 5, GSGS 4416, sheets P1, Q1; sketch maps and diagrams showing topographical details of the Rhine.


PYMAN: 5/4/3

1945 Feb 2

Part 3 of file '2 Army Planning Study' relating to Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine at Rheinberg, Xanten and Rees, Germany by 21 Army Group, 24 Mar 1945 relating to various phases of the operation and the problems likely to arise. With map trace 'Distribution of civilian population west of the Rhine', 1:100,000, GSGS 2541 sheet 5, GSGS 4416, sheets P1 and Q1; diagram showing diagrammatic layout of a bank control group showing chain of command; map trace 'Development of bridgehead', 1:100,000, GSGS 4416, sheets P1 and Q1


PYMAN: 5/4/4

1945 Feb 2

Part 4 of file '2 Army Planning Study' relating to Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine at Rheinberg, Xanten and Rees, Germany by 21 Army Group, 24 Mar 1945 relating to the engineer tasks required for the operation. With diagrammatic layout of divisional crossing (two bridges).


PYMAN: 5/4/5

1945 Feb 2

Part 5 of file '2 Army Planning Study' relating to Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine at Rheinberg, Xanten and Rees, Germany by 21 Army Group, 24 Mar 1945 consisting of administrative notes.


PYMAN: 5/5

1945 May 7-29

Surrender notes issued by Chief of Staff, 2 Army, numbered 3-12 consisting of orders given by Chiefs of Staff at Headquarters 2 Army to German Maj Gen Günther Blumentritt, Chief of Staff at conferences in Luneburg, Germany with German Staff Officers, May 1945 and outlining other matters discussed at the conferences relating to arrangements for German military and civilian personnel in the British zone in Germany. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/6

1945 Jan 16- Jun 8

Manuscript diary outlining meetings and conferences attended by Pyman and action taken, relating to Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine at Rheinberg, Xanten and Rees by 21 Army Group, 24 Mar 1945, Operation VERITABLE, the 1 Canadian Army attack from Nijmegen area Feb-Mar 1945, Operation BLACKCOCK, the attack by the British 12 Corps in Roermond triangle, north of Aachen, Jan 1945, the Battle of the Rhine, Mar 1945 including interleaved memoranda, notes and other papers relating to the planning of operations. With letters from (acting) Maj Alan Jolly and FM Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Baron Alanbrooke of Brookeborough; and paper relating to the nomination of FM Bernard Law Montgomery as a new Colonel Commandant of the Royal Tank Regiment and the request for those currently in office to be replaced due to their lack of operational command in World War Two. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/7

1947 Jun

Brief chronology of Pyman and General Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey's commands in the concluding stages of World War Two. Typescript, 3pp


PYMAN: 5/8

[1947]

Report on the Rhine crossing, Germany, Mar 1945 concentrating on the planning and organisation of personnel, equipment, vehicles and communications that was required for the crossing. Typescript, 3pp


PYMAN: 5/9

[1947]

Account entitled 'The winter of 1944/1945 on the western front' relating to operations in the lower Maas area, Netherlands by the 1 and 5 Royal Tank Regts, the Battle of the Ardennes, France Jan 1945, the Roer battle and Operation BLACKCOCK, the attack by the British 12 Corps in Roermond triangle, north of Aachen, Netherlands Jan 1945, the Battle of the Reichswald, Feb - Mar 1945. Typescript, 15pp


PYMAN: 5/10

[1947]

Account entitled 'The Rhine crossing and advance across north west Germany' concentrating particularly on the role of Royal Tank Regiment units operating in 7 and 11 Armoured Divs including references to the British liberation of Belsen concentration camp, the capture of Bremen, Germany and Maj Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey's acceptance of the German surrender delegation at Hamburg 3 May 1945. Typescript, 27pp


PYMAN: 5/11

[1945 May 3]

Narrative account entitled 'The surrender of Hamburg' outlining the events at 2 Army Headquarters when the garrison at Hamburg, Germany was surrendered unconditionally to Maj Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey written by [Cdre Hugh T England] who was present. Typescript, 3pp


PYMAN: 5/12

[1945 May 3]

Narrative account entitled 'The surrender of Hamburg' outlining the events at 2 Army Headquarters when the garrison at Hamburg, Germany was surrendered unconditionally to Maj Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey written by Cdre Hugh T England. Text is largely as in 4/10 but with some additions. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 5/13

[1944 Oct 8]

Letter to Pyman from Lieut Gen Frederick Arthur Montague Browning of British Airborne Corps thanking Pyman and 30 Corps Staff for their help and co-operation during Operation MARKET, the airborne operation to seize bridges between Arnhem and Eindhoven, Netherlands, Sep 1944. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 5/14-18

1944 Sep 17- 1945 Jun

Texts of personal messages from the Commander in Chief, 21 Army Group, FM Bernard Law Montgomery in Belgium, Holland and Germany to be read to all troops. Produced by the Brig General Staff, War Office, 6pp with attached distribution list


PYMAN: 5/19

[1945 May 3-7]

Section 3 of a report on 2 Army, entitled 'The final act' relating to the German surrender at Hamburg including draft terms of surrender. With list of towns captured or liberated by 2 Army; statistics of operations of 83 Group RAF; statistics of tanks used; divisions under command of 2 Army Jun 1944 - 5 May 1945; graph showing 2 Army prisoners of war total for Jun 1944 - May 1945 and sketch 'K' of Operations ENTERPRISE, the crossing of the river Elbe between Hamburg and Wittenberg, Germany and VOLCANO carried out by 8 Corps and 18 US Airborne Corps 29 Apr 1945. Typescript, 17pp


PYMAN: 5/20

1944 Sep - 1945 Jun

File of various material relating to 2 Army consisting of menus for dinners for Lt Gen (temp) Brian Gwynne Horrocks and officers, Holland, 1944 and at 'Alamein Night' dinner Oct 1944; 1944 Christmas cards of the Royal Tank Regt; order of service for 'Thanksgiving for victory' service; order of service for 2 Army thanksgiving service on conclusion of campaign in North West Europe, Jun 1944 - May 1945 (3 copies); The Times obituary 7 Jun 1945 for Brig George Clifford Webb written by Horrocks; notice from Maj Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey thanking all the men under his command May 1945 (2 copies); 2 photographs showing Pyman and others inspecting a map at 30 Corps Headquarters; front page of a French newspaper L'Avenir announcing liberation; booklet entitled 'Memories of Church Stowe' consisting of cartoons illustrating the progress of trainee Army Chaplains, presented by the Assistant Chaplain General, 2 Army produced by 2 Army Headquarters. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/21

[1945 Jun]

'A short account of the operations of the second British army' prepared by 2 Army, covering the establishment of the lodgement area, the break out, the pursuit and the positioning of the German frontiers, including sketch maps and diagrams of operations. With photocopies of map of North West Europe, scale 1:250,000 entitled 'Operation MARKET GARDEN' showing positions and predicted movements of troop units, sheet 2a and 3a of GSGS 4042; map of France, entitled 'The assault' showing the positions of the attacks of 30 Corps and 1 British Corps on the Normandy beaches and their predicted routes inland scale 1:100,000, sheet 7F of GSGS 4249,. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/22

[1945]

A short account of the operations of the 2 British Army, prepared by 2 Army, entitled 'The last five months, part 1 -winter offensive' relating Operation VERITABLE, the role of the 2 Army in the Ardennes campaign, France, 1944-1945. With sketches, maps and aerial photographs including map of Belgium, scale 1:250,000 part of GSGS 4042, sheet 3 showing the dispositions of 30 Corps for the possible defence of Brussels and Louvain, 21 -22 Dec 1944; map of North West Europe, scale 1:250,000, part of GSGS 4042, sheets 3 & 6 showing the limit of enemy penetration in the Ardennes and formations employed; map showing dispositions before Operation BLACKCOCK, the attack by the British 12 Corps in Roermond triangle, north of Aachen, Netherlands Jan 1945, scale, 1:100,000, parts of GSGS 4336 sheets 4 & 9 and of GSGS 4416, sheet R1; map showing objectives for Operations VERITABLE, 1 Canadian Army Rhineland attack from Nijmegen area, Feb-Mar 1945 and GRENADE, a Rhineland attack by 9 US Army Feb-Mar 1945, scale 1:250,000 parts of GSGS 4042 sheets 2A, 3A & 3 and of GSGS 4346 sheets K51, K52; map showing initial objectives for Operations PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine by 21 Army Group and VARSITY, the airborne operation to establish bridgehead on east banks of the Rhine between Emmerich and Weser, Germany, Mar 1945, part of GSGS 4416, sheets P1, Q1; 2 maps of Germany. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/23

1944 Jun - 1945 May

A short account of the operations of the 2 British Army, prepared by 2 Army, entitled 'A brief account of the operations of and the achievements of the 2 British Army Jun 1944 - May 1945' relating to Operation MARKET GARDEN, an operation to establish bridgehead across the Rhine in the Netherlands, Operations PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine by 21 Army Group and VARSITY airborne operation to establish bridgehead on the east bank of the Rhine. With diagrams, plans and maps including map of France, scale 1:100,000, part of GSGS 4249 sheet 7F, entitled 'The assault' showing the positions of the attacks of 30 Corps and 1 British Corps on the Normandy beaches and their predicted routes inland; map of the area around Falaise, France; map of the area along the River Seine, France from Louviers to Mantes-Gassicourt; map of North West Europe, scale 1:250,000 part of GSGS 4042 sheet 2A and 3A entitled 'Operation MARKET GARDEN' with troop movements indicated; map of the Rhineland between Emmerich and Rheinberg, Germany scale 1:100,000, part of GSGS 4416, sheets P1 and Q1, entitled 'Initial objectives for Operations PLUNDER and VARSITY' indicating the initial positions and predicted movements across the Rhine of 30 Corps 'turnscrew', 12 Corps 'torchlight' and 16 Corps, 9 US Army. 1 file


PYMAN: 5/24/1&2

1945 Aug

'An account of the operations of 2 Army in Europe, 1944-1945' compiled at Headquarters 2 Army, foreword written by Maj Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey noting Pyman's role in editing the account, which consists of chapters on planning; establishment of the lodgement area; the break out from the bridgehead; the liberation of Southern Holland; the Ardennes; the clearance of the Maas-Rhine area; Operation PLUNDER, the northern crossing of the Rhine by 21 Army Group and the pursuit to the Baltic; the final act. Includes plans, diagrams, maps and photographs. Printed, 2 volumes (third volume contains maps only)


PYMAN: 5/24/3

1945 Aug

'An account of the operations of 2 Army in Europe, 1944-1945' compiled at Headquarters 2 Army, section 3 containing maps only. 'Normandy', scale 1:250,000 parts of GSGS 2738 sheets 3a and 8 & 4042 sheets 4 and 7; 'The lodgement area' GSGS 4249 parts of 6e, 6f, 7f ; 'The assault' scale 1:100,000, GSGS 4249, parts of 6e, 6f, 7f; 'Albert and Escaut canals, The Netherlands' scale 1:250,000, GSGS 4042, sheet 3; 'River Seine at Vernon' scale 1:100,000, GSGS 4249, sheet 9f; 8 - 'Operation MARKET GARDEN' scale 1:250,000, GSGS 4042, sheet 2a, 3a, 3; 9 - 'The Ardennes' scale 1:250,000, GSGS 4042, sheet 6; 'Ardennes situation as known at army headquarters, evening 19 Dec 1944' scale 1:250,000, GSGS 4042, sheet 6; '30 Corps dispositions 21 - 22 Dec 1944' scale 1:250,000, GSGS 4042, sheet 3; 'limit of German offensive in the Ardennes - Dec 1944' scale 1:250,000, GSGS 4042, sheets 3 & 6; '30 Corps dispositions on 3 Jan 1945' scale 1:100,000, GSGS 4336, sheets 12 & 13; 'Moves leading up to 30 Corps final dispositions in the Ardennes 16 Jan 1945' scale 1:100,000, GSGS 4336, sheets 12 & 13: 'Operation BLACKCOCK', scale 1:100,000, GSGS 4336, sheets 4&9, GSGS 4416, sheet R1; 'Operations VERITABLE and GRENADE' scale 1:250,000, GSGS 4042 sheets 2a, 3a, 3, GSGS 4346 sheets K51, K52; 'Operations PLUNDER and VARSITY', scale 1:100,000, GSGS 4416, sheets P1 & Q1; 'The Rhine to the Baltic', scale 1:250,000


PYMAN: 5/25

1953 Mar

Manuscript diagrams, sketch maps and notes used in the printed 2 Army history and in a lecture by Pyman, including a list of the diagrams used in the lecture. 1 file, arranged by Pyman 1953

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