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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MISC 06
Title
THE SHOOTING OF BRITISH PRISONERS OF WAR, MAY-JUN 1940: German army documents
Date(s)
1940
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file

Context

Name of creator(s)

Intelligence Branch, General Staff, German 26 Army Corps; and Col Günther Blumentritt, Senior Operations Officer, German Army Group A, May-Jun 1940

Administrative / Biographical history

During the retreat and withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from France in May 1940, approximately 100 soldiers from 2 Bn, Royal Norfolk Regt, were taken prisoner when the house in which they were surrounded was overrun by troops of the SS Totenkopf Div. The collection consists of German Army memoranda and witness statements relating to the shooting.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre in 1978 by the Director of Central Library Services and Goldsmiths' Librarian, University of London

Content & structure

Scope and content

Collection consists of photocopies of a manuscript letter written by Col Günther Blumentritt, Senior Operations Officer, German Army Group A, relating to German operations in France, 25 May 1940; and Intelligence Branch, General Staff, German 26 Army Corps, memoranda and German Army witness statements relating to the killing of approximately 100 British prisoners of war from 2 Bn, Royal Norfolk Regt, at Long Cornet, France, by soldiers of the SS Totenkopf Div during the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), 28 May 1940.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically

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

English

Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Notes

Note

Compiled Oct 1999

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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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • War crimes
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Blumentritt, Günther B, fl 1939-1945, German General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • German Army

Places

  • France

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