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PYMAN, Sir Harold English (1908-1971)

Papers

References on this page: PYMAN: 10-15


PYMAN: 10/1

[1955 Dec 14]

Paper written by Pyman on 'The armoured division' specifically on the Royal Armoured Corps and the importance of mobility for armoured units. Typescript, 3pp


PYMAN: 10/2

[1955-1956]

Paper by Pyman entitled 'Tank philosophy' an examination of the considerations which should determine the types of tanks and major anti-tank weapons required by the British and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) armies in the next ten years. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 11 Papers relating to Pyman as General Officer Commanding, 1 Corps, 1956-1958


PYMAN: 11

[1956-1958]

File of directives and letters marked 'training matters' relating to Pyman's tenure as General Officer Commanding 1 Corps including directive on the handling of armoured car regiments; a note on co-operation in the tank infantry; Corps commander's analysis of exercise HARPOON; 1 British Corps training directive 1956-1957-the aim and its implications; 1 British Corps training directive, 1957-1958. 1 file


PYMAN: 12 Papers relating to Pyman as Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1961-1963


PYMAN: 12/1

1962 Aug-Oct

Papers, mostly newspaper cuttings (in Norwegian) relating to Pyman's appointment as Commander-in Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). With photographs of a flying display, Denmark Jun 1962 and of Pyman awarding a decoration; translation of an article published in Morgenbladet relating to Pyman's career and interests; statements made by Pyman on his North Norwegian tour, Sep 1962; 'Notes on North Norway tour' by Charles Pyman. 1 file


PYMAN: 12/2

1961 Jul

Organisation chart for staff at Headquarters Allied Forces Northern Europe North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Printed chart


PYMAN: 12/3 Pyman's Personal Correspondence as Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1961-1963


PYMAN: 12/3/1

1961 Jun-1962 Jul

Correspondence between Pyman and various friends and colleagues relating to invitations to functions and arrangements for visits, congratulatory letters on new appointments and responses to requests for references, including correspondence with Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart together with papers by him entitled 'What would happen if war broke out?', 'Note on overseas bases', 'Note on the Baltic "gateway" problem' and Pyman's comments on these papers; correspondence with Gen Sir John Tredinnick Crocker. With extract from The Tablet, Dec 16 1961 of an article 'The defence of the Baltic, Denmark and the changes in NATO command' by Eugene Hinterhoff; papers relating to the Danish Gen Hans Ernst Peymann and Pyman's family connection with him including photographs of Peymann's grave. 2 files


PYMAN: 12/3/2

1962 Jul-1963 Jun

Correspondence between Pyman and various friends and colleagues relating to invitations to functions and arrangements for visits, congratulatory letters on new appointments and responses to requests for references. With note by Pyman on the structure of the British Ministry of Defence; photograph (and related correspondence) of window in Neerpelt Church, Belgium commemorating 2 Army. 2 files


PYMAN: 12/3/3

1963 Jul-Sep

Correspondence between Pyman and various friends and colleagues relating to invitations to functions and arrangements for visits, congratulatory letters on new appointments. Includes correspondence relating to Pyman's stroke in Sep 1963, letters answered on behalf of Pyman by Maj Barbara M Laverack, Military Assistant to Pyman; correspondence with Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart and Kathleen Liddell Hart relating to their visit to Pyman in Norway. With pamphlet Clothing Regulations (War Office, London, 1961). 1 file


PYMAN: 12/4 Speeches by others, used for reference by Pyman as Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1961-1963


PYMAN: 12/4/1

1962 Mar 29

Text of speech entitled 'Nordkommandeoen-Oppgaver og problemer'. In Norwegian, typescript, 14pp


PYMAN: 12/4/2

1963 Jan 7

Translation of a talk given by Gudmond Harlem, Norway's Minister of Defence at the Oslo Military Society relating to Norway's security, defence and peace. Typescript, 16pp


PYMAN: 12/4/3

1963 Jan 18

Extracts from a speech by (James) Harlan Cleveland, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Organisation Affairs entitled 'Dangers of our time' largely relating to the growth of Communism throughout the world. Typescript, 7pp


PYMAN: 12/4/4

1965 Sep

Paper by [Danish] Maj Gen Erick Kragh entitled 'The background of Denmark's security and defence policy'. Typescript, 36pp


PYMAN: 13 Papers relating to Regiments with which Pyman was associated, 1920-1968



PYMAN: 13/1 Papers relating to the Royal Tank Regiment and the Royal Armoured Corps Royal Tank Regiment wing, 1920-1968


PYMAN: 13/1/1

1920-1921

The Tank Corps Journal-the official organ of the tanks association, Vol 2, 1920-1921 (Bournemouth, Richmond Hill Printing Works, 1920). 1 volume


PYMAN: 13/1/2

1945 May

Memorandum from Headquarters 79 Armoured Div, 21 Army on the future of the Royal Tank Regt. Typescript, 12pp


PYMAN: 13/1/3

[1945 May]

Paper on the Royal Tank Regt relating to the proposed removal from office of the existing Colonels Commandant. Typescript, 1p and duplicate


PYMAN: 13/1/4

1945 Jul

Paper on the Royal Tank Regt produced by the office of the representative Colonel Commandant, Bovington camp, with sections on central organisation, appointment of officers to the regiment, the Ironsides Club, prisoners of war, lanyards, dress, regimental history of the war, Royal Tank Regt publications. 1 booklet


PYMAN: 13/1/5

[1945]

Paper by Pyman on the future of the Royal Armoured Corps outlining their contribution to World War two and their possible future role. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 13/1/6

1953 Mar 5-1958 Apr 2

Correspondence between Pyman and Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart relating to Liddell Hart's The tanks-the history of the Royal Tank Regiment (Cassell, London, 1959) including a paper by Pyman entitled 'Comment on basic problems of European defence'; Liddell Hart's notes and diagrams explaining his plan for a 'new model' division, Sep 1956; papers by Liddell Hart entitled 'How the Allies let victory slip in 1944', 'Deep strategic penetration (by armoured forces thrusting ahead of the main mass)', 'The aims of Operation GOODWOOD' (2 Army attack south east of Caen). 1 file


PYMAN: 13/1/7

1957 Jan-1960 Dec

Correspondence (and related papers) between Pyman and ) Gen Sir John Tredinnick Crocker, Maj Gen Henry Robert Bowreman Foote, Director Royal Armoured Corps, War Office and Maj Gen Nigel William Duncan, representative Col Commandant, Royal Tank Regt relating to the position of Col Commandant of the Regt and to the amalgamation of 3 and 6, 5 and 8, 4 and 7 Royal Tank Regts. With papers relating to the consecration of standards of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Royal Tank Regts and 40 Royal Tank Regt (Territorial Army) and Guidons of the North Somerset Yeomanry / 44 Royal Tank Regt (Territorial Army) and Westminster Dragoons ( 2 County of London Yeomanry) and the presentation by HRH Queen Elizabeth; Declaration of trust relating to the Regimental Museum, Bovington, Dorset; order of the day issued by Pyman after the successful conclusion of 3 Royal Tank Regt's operation in North Africa. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/1/8

1961 Jul-1963 May

Correspondence between Pyman and Col P H Hordern, regimental Col Commandant, Royal Tank Regt, Maj Gen Henry Maughan Liardet and others relating to the Royal Tank Regt, primarily on administrative matters. With related papers including newsletters of the Royal Tank Regt Old Comrades Association and Benevolent Fund; minutes of the Royal Tank Regt Council; Royal Tank Regt Old Comrades Association and Benevolent Fund annual report, 1961-1962; photographs sent by William Ramsay, Secretary of the Royal Tank Regt Nottingham Old Comrades Association, of Pyman and Elizabeth Pyman, Lady Pyman at a dinner party and of the 'Meerut rough riders'; obituary by Pyman of Lieut Col J W G Tatam. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/1/9

1963 Jul-Oct

Correspondence between Pyman and Maj Gen Henry Maughan Liardet and Maj Gen James Arthur d'Avigdor-Goldsmid. With papers relating to the Royal Tank Regt including Royal Tank Regiment Old Comrades Association newsletters. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/1/10

1967-1968

Notes for use in speeches on recent appointments and awards, regimental locations and moves of the Royal Tank Regiment for 1969 and 1967; notice and agenda for Annual General Meeting, 1967 and minutes of previous meeting; accounts, balance sheet and list of accessions for Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset 1967. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/1/11

1963

Papers, relating to the Royal Armoured Corps War Memorial Benevolent Fund of which Pyman was a member including correspondence, a Trust deed for the Fund, Dec 1946; Annual Report, 1962-1963. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/2 Papers relating to Berkshire and Westminster Dragoons (2 County of London Yeomanry) Territorial Army, 1952-1968


PYMAN: 13/2/1

1952 Oct 7-1956 Aug 28, 1958 Jan 27

Correspondence between Pyman and Lieut Col J W G Tatam, Gen Sir John Tredinnick Crocker, Maj Gen Nigel William Duncan, Colonel Commandant, Royal Tank Regiment, Maj Gen Henry Robert Bowreman Foote, Director Royal Armoured Corps, War Office relating to the proposed removal of armoured status from the Westminster Dragoons (2 County of London Yeomanry) Royal Armoured Corps, Territorial Army and the appointment of Pyman as Honorary Colonel of the Westminster Dragoons. With text of talk to officers of Westminster Dragoons by Pyman, Nov 1955. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/2/2

1960 Jul 25-Nov 23

Papers relating to the presentation of the guidon and standards by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, 27 Oct 1960 including text of address by the Queen and Edmund Oslac Ironside, Baron Ironside of Archangel and of Ironside's reply; invitation lists; programme. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/2/3

1960 Jun 25-1961 May 24

Papers, including correspondence relating to the re-organisation of the Westminster Dragoons (2 County of London Yeomanry) Royal Armoured Corps, Territorial Army and the 345 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery (Territorial Army), Berkshire Yeomanry into an amalgamated regiment known as the Berkshire and Westminster Dragoons (2 County of London Yeomanry) Territorial Army including papers on the history of both regiments. With cap and beret badges for 345 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery (Territorial Army), Berkshire Yeomanry. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/2/4

1960 Jan-1 1961Mar 2

Papers, including correspondence relating to the Westminster Dragoons (2 County of London Yeomanry) including correspondence relating to the regiments's use of the motto of the Royal Tank Regiment 'Fear Naught'; biographical information on Pyman, Honorary Colonel of the regiment; Pyman's speech at Westminster Dragoons Regimental Association Dinner, 25 Mar 1960 relating to the importance of recruitment; Westminster Dragoons Regimental Association newsletter no.6, 1960. 1 file


PYMAN: 13/2/5

1961 Aug 8-1968 Feb 12

Correspondence between Pyman and others relating to the progress of the amalgamation of the Westminster Dragoons (2 County of London Yeomanry) Royal Armoured Corps, Territorial Army and the 345 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery Territorial Army, Berkshire Yeomanry into the Berkshire and Westminster Dragoons (2 County of London Yeomanry) Territorial Army including letters relating to the formation of a Regimental association for the new regiment. With Westminster Dragoons Regimental Association newsletter featuring the address given by Pyman at the amalgamation parade, 21 May 1961; order of service for the ceremony of laying up of the old guidon by the Westminster Dragoons, 25 Nov 1961; paper giving details of dress and embellishments to be worn by the Berkshire and Westminster Dragoons. 1 file


PYMAN: 14 Pyman's appointment diaries, 1953-1957, 1961-1963


PYMAN: 14/1-9

1953-1957, 1961-1963

Appointment diaries containing brief manuscript entries. 1956 diary is in two parts the second of which contains detailed entries of Pyman's engagements. 9 diaries


PYMAN: 15 Pyman's correspondence, 1949-1963



PYMAN: 15/1 Pyman's personal correspondence, 1949-1963


PYMAN: 15/1/1

[1949] Apr 15

Letter to Pyman from Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey offering congratulations on Pyman's command of 56 Armoured Div and expressing his concerns at the current state of the Army. Manuscript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/1/2

1949 Apr 25

Letter to Pyman from Lieut Col D N MacLagan, Middle East Land Forces (MELF) expressing his disappointment at not getting a position in Cyprus and thanking Pyman for his interest in his career. Manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/3

1958 Sep 28

Letter of thanks from FM Sir Gerald Walter Robert Templer, Chief of the Imperial General Staff to Pyman. Manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/4

[1958]

Circular letter requesting financial contributions for a fund for the retirement of Sir Henry Thirkill, former President of Clare College, Cambridge. Printed, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/5-6

1960 Mar 17

Letter from Pyman to Ven Archdeacon Victor Joseph Pike, Chaplain General, War Office relating to his appointment to the Bishopric of Sherbourne, Warwickshire. With reply. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/1/7

1960 Mar 25

Letter to Pyman from AF Louis Francis Albert Victor Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma thanking him for his letter of condolence on the death of his wife. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/8

1960 Jul 24

Letter to Pyman from Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey relating to a recent lunch date. Manuscript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/1/9

[1955]

Draft letter by Pyman (recipient not stated) relating to a recent discussion with Rt Hon John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn-Lloyd on the Far East and Middle East. Manuscript, 5pp


PYMAN: 15/1/10

1960 Aug 9

Letter to Pyman from Rt Hon John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn-Lloyd thanking him for his congratulations on his recent appointment as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/11

1961 Jan 18

Letter from Pyman and replies from Maj R Crisp relating to Pyman's offer of financial assistance. Typescript and manuscript, 4pp


PYMAN: 15/1/12

1961 Jan 24

Letter from Pyman to Iain [Rt Hon Iain Norman Macleod?] relating to the initials of Herbert Vernon Bonar, Chairman of Low & Bonar, Dundee. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/13

[1961]

Letter to Pyman from Aunt Della congratulating him on a recent promotion. Manuscript, 3pp


PYMAN: 15/1/14

1961 Feb 7

Letter from Pyman to Sir Edward Walter Thompson thanking him for hospitality. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/15

1961 Apr 18

Letter from Pyman to Rt Hon John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn-Lloyd relating to his budget proposals. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/16

1961 Apr 20

Letter from Pyman to Steve Svenningsen thanking him for some books. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/17

1961 Apr 20

Correspondence between Pyman and Elizabeth Monroe, Middle East Centre, St Antony's College Oxford about his knowledge of Middle East affairs and a proposal to place his papers with the college. Typescript, manuscript, printed 11pp


PYMAN: 15/1/18

[1963 Mar]

Draft telegram and letter from Pyman to Hilda May Crocker, Lady Crocker on the death of her husband, Gen Sir John Tredinnick Crocker. Manuscript, 6pp


PYMAN: 15/1/19

1963 May 30

Letter to Pyman from Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey relating to a recent visit to Pyman. Manuscript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/1/20

1963 Jun 5

Letter from Lt Gen Sir John D'Arcy Anderson, Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff to Pyman relating to the dates of Pyman's investiture as GBE. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/21

1963 Jul 11

Instructions for ceremony for investiture as GBE issued by St James Palace. Printed 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/22

1963 Jul 17

Letter from Lt Gen Sir John D'Arcy Anderson, Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff to Pyman asking for confirmation that Pyman had never met Dr Stephen Ward. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/1/23

1963 Jul 28

Letter from Pyman to Rt Hon Patrick Chrestien Gordon Walker on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) strategy. Manuscript, 3pp


PYMAN: 15/2 Correspondence and papers related to Pyman's career, 1947-1962


PYMAN: 15/2/1

[1947]

Paper, possibly a statement for the press, outlining Pyman's career to date. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/2

1947 Dec 18

Annual confidential report on Pyman as Chief of Staff, General Headquarters Middle East Land Forces (MELF), completed by Gen Sir John Tredinnick Crocker. Printed and typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 15/2/3

1948 Jan 24

Memorandum from War Office relating to Pyman's eligibility for retirement pay. Manuscript and typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/2/4

1949 Jan 24

Letter to Pyman from Lt Gen Sir Robert Mansergh on behalf of the selection board explaining that Pyman would not be made a Major General until he had experience of commanding a brigade. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/5

1949 Feb 2

Draft letter from Pyman to Lt Gen Sir Robert Mansergh expressing his disappointment at the selection board's decision not to recommend him for promotion to Major General and giving reasons why he believed the decision to be wrong. Manuscript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/2/6

[1949 Feb]

Brief note by Pyman comparing his rate of promotion with that of Gen Archibald James Halkett Cassels. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/7

1952 Oct 17

Supplement to The London Gazette (HMSO, London, 1952) which includes announcement of Pyman's appointment as Honorary Col Royal Armoured Corps, Territorial Army. Printed 6pp


PYMAN: 15/2/8

1960 Jan 6

Letter from Pyman to Col John Primrose Douglas relating to a note from his doctor and his current state of health. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/9

1960 Dec 12

Telegram from Gen Lauris Norstad, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, relating to the press announcement of Pyman's appointment as Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/2/10

[1961]

Paper on Pyman's career and background. Typescript, 1p and duplicate


PYMAN: 15/2/11-12

1961 Jan 3

Letter from George Philip Stewart Macpherson to Pyman and his reply relating to Pyman's appointment as Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the possibility of him pursuing a career in industry at some point in the future. Typescript and manuscript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/2/13

1962 Jul 18

Letter to Pyman from Maj Gen Sir William Gurdon Stirling informing him that his appintment as Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) would be for 3 years. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/14

1962 Aug 6

Letter from Pyman to Maj Gen Sir William Gurdon Stirling acknowledging receipt of letter of 18 Jul 1962 and congratulating Stirling on his new appointment. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/15

1963 Jan 17

Letter to Pyman from Gen Sir Richard Amyatt Hull, Chief of the Imperial General Staff informing Pyman that his current appointment would probably be his last. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/16

1963 Jan 24

Letter from Pyman to Gen Sir Richard Amyatt Hull, Chief of the Imperial General Staff expressing his disappointment at Hull's belief that he would be unlikely to be offered another appointment. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/17

1963 Feb 7

Letter to Pyman from Gen Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey relating to Pyman's correspondence about his career prospects with Gen Sir Richard Amyatt Hull, Chief of the Imperial General Staff and arranging for a visit from Pyman. Manuscript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/2/18

1963 Feb 22

Letter to Pyman from Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart relating to Pyman's career prospects after the end of his current position and the possible influence of the result of the next general election. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/2/19

1963 Aug 2

Letter to Pyman from Lieut Gen Sir John D'Arcy Anderson relating to the recommendation that Lieut Gen Sir Robert Napier Herbert Campbell Bray succeed him as Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 15/3 Correspondence relating to Pyman's family and friends, [1950]-1963


PYMAN: 15/3/1

[1950]

Pyman's notes on his family history and their possible link to Danish Gen Hans Ernst Peymann. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 15/3/2

1961 Jan 23-24

Correspondence between Pyman and Marjorie Shepherd (nee English) and others about a possible family connection between Shepherd and Pyman. Typescript, 6pp


PYMAN: 15/3/3

[1960-1963]

List of addresses for Pyman's friends. 1 file

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