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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Robertson T A
ROBERTSON, Lt Col Thomas Argyll (1909-1994)
Created 1994
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 booklet


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1909; educated at Charterhouse School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into Seaforth Highlanders, 1929; joined MI5, [1931]; took part in intelligence activities in both military and political spheres, but later moved into the counter-espionage field; recalled to Seaforth Highlanders and seconded back to MI5, 1939; built up and; controlled double agent network through Section B1A; involved in planning of Operation MINCEMEAT, 1943, which aimed at persuading the Germans that an Allied invasion of Greece was imminent and that Sicily was merely a cover plan for another operation; masterminded Operation FORTITUDE, 1944, which was intended to suggest that the Allied invasion of occupied France was likely to take place in the Pas de Calais rather than Normandy; appointed to direct internal security at Government Communications HQ, [1945]; died in 1994.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Booklet of memorial addresses giving details of his service with Section B1A, MI5, [1939-1945], dated 1994.

System of arrangement

single item

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

Allied materials

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



Decorations: OBE

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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  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • Military operations
  • Operation Fortitude (1944)
  • Operation Mincemeat (1943)
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)


  • Calais, France
  • Greece
  • Normandy, France
  • Sicily, Italy

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