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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Simpkin
SIMPKIN, Brig Richard Evelyn (1921-1986)
Created 1984, 1986-1987
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1921; educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge; joined Royal Tank Regt, 1940; served in Western Desert, 1941-1942; wounded and taken prisoner at Tobruk, 1942; escaped to Italy, but recaptured and confined to POW camp in Germany; worked on industrial, technical and economic intelligence in Germany, 1946-1948; graduated from Staff College, 1951, and from Royal Military College of Science, 1953; served on directing staff of Staff College and Royal Military College of Science, 1957-1959; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Equipment Branch, Royal Armoured Corps Directorate, 1960-1963; Officer Commanding 1 Royal Tank Regt, 1963; Military Director of Studies (Weapons and Vehicles), Royal Military College of Science; Brig, 1968; Director, Operational Requirements 3 (Army), Ministry of Defence, 1968-1971; retired from Army, 1971, and developed career as language consultant and translator; publication of Tank warfare, an analysis of Soviet and NATO tank philosophy (Brassey's defence, London, 1979), Mechanised infantry (Brassey's, Oxford, 1980), Anti-tank, an air mechanised response to armoured threats in the Nineties (1982), Human factors in mechanised warfare (1983), Red armour, an examination of Soviet mobile force concept (Brassey's, Oxford, 1984); Race to the swift, thoughts on twenty-first century warfare (Brassey's Defence, London, 1985) and Deep battle, the brain child of Marshall Tukhachevskii (with John Erickson) (Brassey's Defence, London, 1987); died in 1986.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1988.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Curriculum vitae covering the period 1940-1984, dated 1984. Order of service of thanksgiving, texts of memorial addresses and letters of condolence to his widow, 1986-1987.

System of arrangement

1 file

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 provided 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, MC

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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  • Armoured warfare
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military engineering
  • Speeches
  • Warfare

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