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PYMAN, Sir Harold English (1908-1971)

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References on this page: PYMAN: 16-20


PYMAN: 16 Pyman's awards, 1946-1958


PYMAN: 16/1

1946 Apr 4

Mention in despatch. Printed and manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 16/2

1944 Sep 28

MBE Certificate. Printed and manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 16/4

1946 Jun 6

CBE Certificate. Printed and manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 16/3

1948

Statutes of the order of the Bath. Printed, 30pp


PYMAN: 16/5

1958 Jan 1

KCB Certificate. Printed and manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 17 Texts of speeches. mostly by Pyman, 1949-1962


PYMAN: 17/1

[1949-1951]

Draft notes for speeches given during Pyman's tenure as General Officer Commanding 56 (London) Armoured Division, Territorial Army. Manuscript, 25pp


PYMAN: 17/2

[1957]

Farewell speech [by Pyman] to Gen Sir Richard Nelson Gale and Daphne Mabelle Evelline Gale, Lady Gale relating to Gale's military achievements and value to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Typescript, 3pp


PYMAN: 17/3

1957 Mar 8

Address by Revd Norman MacLean, Deputy Assistant Chaplain General, 1 British Corps at the memorial service for Maj Gen Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 17/4

1957 Oct 7

Speech by Pyman to 1 Corps Signal Regt in which he outlines their weaknesses compared with the 30 Corps Signal Regt of 1944. Typescript, 6pp


PYMAN: 17/5

1956 Nov 12

Speech by Pyman to Staff College aspirants expressing his opinion as to the Army's requirements for Staff Officers. Typescript, with manuscript annotations, 2pp


PYMAN: 17/6

[1956-1958]

Paper outlining the battle plan of 1 British Corps, British Army on the Rhine (BAOR) and the duties of a Corps Commander. Typescript with manuscript additions, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/7

1957 Nov 20

Text of speech by Pyman entitled 'Talk to padres' relating to the threats posed by inflation and communism. Typescript with manuscript annotations, 3pp


PYMAN: 17/8

1956 Oct 24

Text of speech by Pyman entitled 'Talk to padres' relating to the role of Christianity in the forces. Typescript with manuscript annotations, 3pp


PYMAN: 17/9

1958 Mar 12

Text of farewell speech by Pyman to 1 British Corps, British Army on the Rhine (BAOR). Manuscript, 6pp


PYMAN: 17/10

1958 Oct 17

Text of speech to the Royal Tank Regt, Old Comrades Association, Nottingham proposing the toast to the regiment. Typescript, 5pp


PYMAN: 17/11

1958 Nov 15

Text of speech to the Royal Tank Regt Old Comrades Association, Bovington relating to the qualities of the regiment and his hopes for its future. Typescript, 5pp


PYMAN: 17/12

1958 Nov 18

Notes for farewell speech by Pyman to Mr Curtis. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 17/13

[1958]

Notes for speech to Officer Training Corps on the army as a career. Manuscript, 6pp


PYMAN: 17/14

1958 Nov 22

Text of speech to the Royal Tank Regt Old Comrades Association, London relating to the outgoing Colonel Commandant and to the issue of recruitment. Typescript, 7pp


PYMAN: 17/15

1959 Mar 10

Text of talk by Pyman to the Army League relating to the present and future of the Army in terms of organisation, size, equipment and development and training. Typescript, 20pp


PYMAN: 17/16

1959 Apr 14

Text of speech by Pyman to the Anglo-German Association relating to the 1942 North African campaign in World War Two. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/17

1959 Jul 26

Text of speech to the Military Medalists League relating to the contributions of those men in possession of military medals. Typescript and manuscript draft, 3pp


PYMAN: 17/18

[1959 Sep]

Text of speech by Pyman entitled 'Introduction to series of talks by Institute of Advanced Motorists Ltd'. With annotated copy. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/19

1959 Oct 31

Text of speech by Pyman at the amalgamation parade of the 3 and 6 Royal Tank Regts relating to the achievements of the two regiments. Typescript, 7pp


PYMAN: 17/20

[1960]

Text of speech by Pyman to the Military Medallists League relating to the role that individual contributions would still play in future wars. Manuscript, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/21

[1960]

Text of speech by Pyman to the Junior Leaders Unit, Royal Armoured Corps, Bovington, Dorset relating to the role of the Royal Armoured Corps and offering advice on joining a regiment. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/22

1960 Mar 16

Text of introduction by Pyman to Sir Frederick Brundrett's lecture on 'Rockets, satellites and military thinking' ( 2 copies) and vote of thanks for the lecture. Typescript, 5pp


PYMAN: 17/23

[1960 Mar]

Text of talk by Pyman at Technical Staff Officer's Dinner relating to Sir Frederick Brundrett's lecture on 'Rockets, satellites and military thinking' and the future role of the Technical Staff Officer. Typescript with manuscript annotations, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/24

1960 Mar 25

Text of speech by Pyman at Westminster Dragoons Regimental Association Dinner relating to the imprtance of recruiting new members for the survival of the Regiment. Typescript, 5pp


PYMAN: 17/25

1961 Jan 10

Text of talk by Pyman to Forces Motoring Magazine relating to the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the British Army Motoring Association. With letter arranging the talk from J Pickering, Headquarters Forces Entertainment Service. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/26

1960 Oct 21

Text of speech by Pyman at the prize giving of Army driving championships relating to the British Army Motoring Association of which Pyman was President. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 17/27

1961 Jan 21

Text of speech by Pyman to 23 Armoured Bde, Territorial Army relating to the recent re-organisation of the Territorial Army and the 23 Armoured Bde's role in World War Two. Typescript and manuscript, 8pp


PYMAN: 17/28

1961 Feb 15

Text of speech by Pyman at the Leathersellers Dinner relating to the future of the Regular and Territorial Army. Typescript, 6pp


PYMAN: 17/29

1961 Apr 7

Text of speech by Pyman at Westminster Dragoons Regimental Association Dinner relating to the amalgamation of the regiment with the 345 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery (Territorial Army), Berkshire Yeomanry. Typescript, 6pp. With dinner menu


PYMAN: 17/30

1961 Jun 3

Text of speech by Pyman to Royal Tank Regt Old Comrades Association, Nottingham relating to recent re-organisation in the Army and the future of the regiment. Manuscript, 12pp


PYMAN: 17/31

[1958-1961]

Paper by Pyman on the future of the General Staff relating particularly to the increased technical knowledge required by members of the General Staff. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 17/32

[1961-1963]

Text of lecture by Pyman on 'The northern flank of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the strategical problems involved' given to the British Military Commentators Circle, includes sections on accepted NATO strategy, national policy, future weapons, command structure and forces available, the general threat, counter to the general threat, early warning system, reinforcements and equipment. Typescript, 25pp with an earlier draft, 16pp


PYMAN: 17/33

[1949] - 1962 Jun 23

Texts of speeches, notes and correspondence relating to Fettes College, Edinburgh including speech to the London Old Fettesian Association; speech at the inspection of the Fettes College Cobined Cadet Force; speech and related papers by Pyman as 'guest of the day' at Fettes College Founders Day, 23 Jun 1962. 1 file


PYMAN: 18 Original writings by Pyman, including articles, memoranda, his autobiography and papers for a history of 2 Army, 1949-1971



PYMAN: 18/1 Articles and memoranda by Pyman related to Armoured divisions, 1949-1955


PYMAN: 18/1/1

[1949-1955]

Paper entitled 'Gott's lesson from CRUSADER', consisting of notes on Lt Gen William Henry Ewart 'Strafer' Gott and British 8 Army's Operations in Western Desert and strategic lessons learned. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 18/1/2

[1949-1955]

Paper entitled 'A glimpse of the early days at Sidi Rezegh', an account by Pyman of the conditions and progress of the Battle of Sidi Rezegh, North Africa and the contributions of Lt Gen William Henry Ewart 'Strafer' Gott and [Lt William Tait ] 'Jock' Campbell in the battle. Typescript, 2pp


PYMAN: 18/1/3

[1949-1955]

Paper entitled 'Pilgrims Progress' relating to methods of challenging an anti-tank screen using examples from the campaign in the Western Desert during World War Two . Manuscript, 9pp


PYMAN: 18/1/4

1951 Mar 14

Text for a lecture to the Royal Armoured Corps on exercise WIND IN THE WILLOWS in particular on aspects of defence and the handling of an independent armoured brigade. Manuscript and typescript, 7pp


PYMAN: 18/1/5

[1949-1955]

Paper entitled 'The Armoured Division in battle - notes on defence', with sections on general consequences, plan for defence, development of defence. Typescript, 10pp (2 copies)


PYMAN: 18/1/6

[1949-1955]

Series of précis of lectures on the use of a squadron of tanks in support of an infantry battalion of an infantry division given to pre-staff college courses, lectures cover introduction and general rules, withdrawal, defence, the advance. Typescript, 13pp


PYMAN: 18/1/7

[1949-1955]

Four short talks on the use of a squadron of tanks in support of an infantry battalion of an infantry division, revised version of earlier lecture series. Typescript, 14pp


PYMAN: 18/1/8

[1949-1955]

Memorandum on command and battle procedure within an armoured division.


PYMAN: 18/1/9

[1949-1955]

Questions and answers by General Officer Commanding relating to field artillery and communication between tanks and infantry. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 18/1/10

[1949-1951]

Paper entitled 'The functions of the armoured division in war' includes sections on the effect of modern agents on war, how soon 56 (London) Armoured Div could go into battle, how it would be launched into battle, the tasks of an armoured division with reference to World War Two . Manuscript, 36pp


PYMAN: 18/1/11(&12)

[1949-1951]

Papers relating to training exercises for 56 (London) Armoured Div. Typescript, 8pp


PYMAN: 18/1/13

[1949-1951]

Memoranda on the armoured division in battle, principles of war (1); characteristics and roles of the division and its main components (2); command and battle procedure (3); the effect of the tactical operations upon the armoured division (4); movement (5); advance to contact (6). Typescript, 15pp


PYMAN: 18/1/14

[1950]

Manual for the guidance of officers entitled 'The armoured division in battle' includes chapters on application of the principles of war; characteristics, organisation and roles of the armoured division and its components; the effect of tactical air operations upon the armoured division; movement and advance to contact; delay and disruption of enemy advance; defence; withdrawal; attack by the armoured division. Typescript, 106pp


PYMAN: 18/1/15

1950 Jun 9

Text of talk given by Pyman at 'Horatius' relating to Operations in the Western Desert in 1942 illustrated by diagrams demonstrating the correct use of armour in a defensive battle. With note from Col Frank Hastings Brooke, War Office returning the paper to Pyman. Typescript, 4pp


PYMAN: 18/1/16

[1949-1951]

Envelopes of duplicated drawings and diagrams illustrating FM Archibald Percival Wavell, Earl Wavell's operations 1940-1941; the Battle of Alam El Halfa, North Africa, 31 Aug 1942; German Gen Baron Hasso von Manteuffel's force position at Tagul Frumas, North Africa, 1944; infantry and tank co-operation. 4 envelopes


PYMAN: 18/1/17

1954 Jan 30

Notes on Count Jaques Antoine Hippolyte de Guibert, French Army officer and military theorist. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 18/1/18

1954 Feb 5

Notes on 'Objectives in Operation GOODWOOD', an attack by 2 Army South East of Caen, France Jul 1944. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 18/1/19

[1949-1951]

Note [by Pyman] on the limitations of moving tanks by night and the maximum distance that could be expected to be covered in one night. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 18/1/20

[1949-1951]

Note by Pyman expressing his support for the continuation of the use of the 'desert rat' sign by the 7 Armoured Bde. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 18/2 Papers, 1960-1971 relating to Pyman's autobiography initially titled 'No regrets' but later published as Call to arms (Leo Cooper, London, 1971)


PYMAN: 18/2/1

[1963-1971]

Typescript of Call to arms (Leo Cooper, London, 1971) entitled 'No regrets'. Typescript, 132pp


PYMAN: 18/2/2

[1971]

Page proofs of Call to arms (Leo Cooper, London, 1971). Printed, 131pp


PYMAN: 18/2/3

1966 Jan 18 - 1970 Dec 30

Pyman' s correspondence relating to the publication of Call to arms (Leo Cooper, London, 1971) includes correspondence and comments on the text by Sheila Morris and Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart; correspondence relating to arrangements for funding the publication with Herbert Vernon Bonar, Chairman of Low & Bonar, Dundee and Leo Cooper of Leo Cooper Ltd, London. With copy of forward by Liddell Hart; letter from AF Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten Of Burma to Elizabeth Pyman, Lady Pyman relating to a recent meeting with Pyman. 1 file


PYMAN: 18/2/4

1971 Jan 18 - Jun 4

Letters to Pyman from friends and former colleagues relating to Call to arms (Leo Cooper, London, 1971). With reviews from Times Literary Supplement 28 May 1971 and by Erik Kragh in Berligske Tidende, 2 Jul 1971 (with English translation); photographs of Pyman in Normandy [1943-1945]. 1 file, 2 photographs


PYMAN: 18/3 Papers, 1960-1971 relating to Pyman's history of the 2 Army in North West Europe, 1944-1945


PYMAN: 18/3

1969 Feb - 1971 May 5

Drafts of chapter 1 on planning and training and chapter 2 on the assault and establishment of the bridgehead for 'The story of 2 Army in North west Europe'. With correspondence and Rt Hon John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn-Lloyd relating to airborne operations at Arnhem, 1945. Typescript, 34pp


PYMAN: 18/4

1960 Nov 28 - 1961 Apr

Article on 'Mobility' in warfare published in The British Army Review, no. 12, Apr 1961. With typescript draft versions and notes relating to official approval for the publication. Typescript and manuscript 16pp and 1 copy of journal


PYMAN: 19 Reference works and maps, [1940]-1965


PYMAN: 19/1

1945 Oct 18

79 Armoured Div Final Report, copy no. 19. Presented to Pyman by Divisional Commander Maj Gen Sir Percy Hobart. Report deals with the weapons, tactical technique and organisation developed by 79 Armoured Div and used for the first time in World War Two, consisting of sections on the use of specialised armour; organisation and tactical handling of specialised armour; technical lessons of the campaign; administration. 1 volume


PYMAN: 19/2

1945 Feb

Booklet entitled Second Armoured Division (Public Relations Section, 2 Armoured Div, 1945) consisting of news despatches and letters of commendation relating to the role of the American 2 Armoured Div and articles describing the Roer River Tank Battle, Netherlands, Mar 1945 and the breaching of the Siegfried line, Mar 1945. 1 volume


PYMAN: 19/3

1957 Nov

A short historial account of no. 83 Group during the period 1 April 1943 to the end of the war in Europe by Sqdn Ldr D R Morgan (Rheinland-Druck, Cologne, 1957) relating to the contribution in World War Two of No. 83 group who were formed for the purpose of giving air support to the Allied landings in Normandy and in their advance to Germany. 1 booklet


PYMAN: 19/4

1956 Oct

Panzer-Marsch by Heinz Guderain (Schild-Verlag, Munich, 1956) with an introduction by German Maj Gen Oskar Munzel and inscribed by him. 1 volume


PYMAN: 19/5

1965

'Egypt and Libya 1940-1941', precis by Maj Gen Hubert Essame summarising the leading personalities and the setting, outlining and analysing the operations. Typescript, 40pp


PYMAN: 19/6

1964 Jun

'Q [Quartermaster] aspects of the campaigns in Egypt and Libya 1940-1942' a précis by Brig W P Pessell. Typescript, 16pp


PYMAN: 19/7

1965

Staff promotion examination paper on administration. 1 booklet


PYMAN: 19/8

[1960-1970]

Test papers and study manuals from Metropolitan College, St Albans for courses on current affairs, tactics, military history and military science. With set of maps for tactics course. 12 booklets, 1 envelope of maps


PYMAN: 19/9

[1940-1960]

Set of 11 maps of France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Caen - Falaise (1); Laigle - Vernon (2); Beauvais - Amiens (3); Amiens - Arras (4); Lille - Ghent (5); Antwerp - Brussels - Maas (6); Nijmegen - Goch (7); Rheine - Osnabruck (8); Stolzenau - Hanover - Celle (9); Luneburg - Lubeck (10); Schleswig - Niebull (11). 1 packet


PYMAN: 19/10

1948

Germany and its approaches with international boundaries as of 1 Sep 1939, the day Germany invaded Poland and in red boundaris of Jan 1 1938 before Germany seized Austria and Czechoslovakia (National Geographic Society, Washington, 1944), scale 1:1,500,000. Marked with boundaries of the Allied and Russian zones of occupation, published by Survey Branch, British Army on the Rhine, 1948


PYMAN: 19/11

1952

Map of Europe, Ref. series 1204, sheet 23, scale 1:20,000,000 prepared by Army Map Service, Corps of Engineers, US Army


PYMAN: 19/12

1952

Map of northern Europe, Ref. series 1204, sheet 24, scale 1: 20,000,000 prepared by Army Map Service, Corps of Engineers, US Army


PYMAN: 19/13

1953

Map of Greenland and Iceland, Ref. series 1204, sheet 33, scale 1: 20,000,000 prepared by Army Map Service, Corps of Engineers, US Army


PYMAN: 19/14

1951

Map of Europe, Ref. 6680, produced by the Geographical section, General Staff, War Office


PYMAN: 19/15

1945

Map of Europe entitled 'Three fronts' showing occupational zones of UK, US, USSR, Polish, French and international forces in Germany and Austria and the boundary between third US Army and US Occupational Forces in Austria, scale 1:4,000,000, produced by the Geographical section, General Staff, War Office


PYMAN: 19/16

1945

Map of India and South East Asia, scale 1:13,658,375 produced by Geographical Section, General Staff, War Office


PYMAN: 20 Papers of Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon (b. 1860) Brig Gen Commanding 1 Cavalry Brigade South Africa Field Force, 1900-1901


PYMAN: 20/1

1951 Mar 9

Letter to Pyman from P J Beadle sending Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon's papers to Pyman. manuscript, 2pp


PYMAN: 20/2/1

1900 Jan 1 - Dec 23

Diary kept by Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon with daily entries beginning with his appointment as temporary commander of 3 Cavalry Brigade consising of 9, 16 and 17 (from April) Queen's Royal Lancers, Royal Horse Artillery (and 1 Cavalry Brigade from July 1900) as part of Gen John Denton Pinkstone French's Cavalry division. Includes accounts of the battle of Modder River, the relief of the siege of Kimberley; the battle of Paardeburg; advance and entry into Bloemfontein; march to Kronstaadt and meeting with FM Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, Baron Roberts of Kandahar. With lists of casualties. 1 volume


PYMAN: 20/2/2

[1900] Mar 18 - Jun 5

Typescript detailed account of events from Mar 18 - Jun 5 entitled 'Gordon's brigade - from entry into Bloemfontein to Pretoria', with casualty figures. Typescript, 14pp (plus copy of page 14 made before conservation)


PYMAN: 20/2/3

[1900] Feb 11-15

Account of the relief of the siege of Kimberley 11-15 Feb 1900 written by Lt Col Brigg, Brigade Major to Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon's brigade. Manuscript, 8pp


PYMAN: 20/2/4

1906 Apr 28

Letter to Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon from Lt Gen Sir John Denton Pinkstone French thanking him for his letter and expressing his sympanthy for Gordon at the end of his military career due to poor health and bad luck, also his indebtedness to Gordon for his help in the capture of [Durbanville] Manuscript, 7pp. With envelope


PYMAN: 20/2/5

[1906] Aug 17

Letter to Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon from Lt Gen Sir George Luck expressing his sympathy that Gordon had been forced through ill health to resign his appointment with the cavalry. Manuscript, 4pp


PYMAN: 20/2/6

1882 Jul 3

Certificate of Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon's attendance at the School of Musketry , Hythe, Kent qualifying him to teach the theory and practice of musketry. Printed and manuscript, 1p


PYMAN: 20/2/7

1898 Dec 17

Letter to Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon as Commander of 15 Hussars from the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador sending a reproduction of a medal first awarded to eight officers of the Light Dragoons Regiment (previous title of the 15 Hussars) by Emperor Francis II, Emperor of Austria in 1794. Manuscript, 4pp


PYMAN: 20/2/8

1902 Jun 2

Letter to Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon from Albert W Wood, Registrar and secretary to the Order informing him of his appointment as companion of the Order of the Bath. With warrant dated 1 May 1901. Printed and manuscript, 3pp


PYMAN: 20/2/9

1903 Aug

Letter to Col James Redmond Patrick Gordon informing him of his appointment as Assistant Adjutant General of Cavalry with substantive rank of Colonel. Typescript, 1p


PYMAN: 20/3/1-2

1846

Papers relating to the Halkett family (Craigie-Halkett of Cramond, Scotland), consisting of a certificate of baptism for William Halkett, 12 Jul 1699 and a note headed 'Halket of Pitferran' describing the descent of part of the Halkett family. Manuscript, 3pp

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