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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Thwaites
THWAITES, Brig Peter Trevenan (1926-1991)
Created 1965-1995
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2Ā½ boxes or 0.025 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1926; educated at Rugby School; service in World War Two, 1939-1945; served in ranks, 1943-1944; commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, 1944; service with 1 Bn, 2 Bn and 4 Bn, Grenadier Guards in the UK, Germany, Egypt, British Cameroons and British Guiana, 1944-1962; War Substantive Lt, 1945; Lt, 1947; temporary Capt, 1949-1953; Capt, 1953; temporary Maj, 1954; member of Sir William Penney's Scientific Party to UK Atomic Trials, South Australia, 1956; published playwright, 1958-1984; Bde Maj, 2 Federation Infantry Bde, Malaya, 1959-1961; Maj, 1960; General Staff Officer 2, Army Department, Ministry of Defence, 1965-1967; service in Aden, 1967; Lt Col, 1967; commanded Muscat Regt, Sultan of Muscat's Armed Forces, Muscat and Oman, 1967-1970; service in conflict against People's Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arab Gulf (PFLOAG) rebel forces, Dhofar, 1967-1970; Assistant Quartermaster General, London District, 1970-1971; Col, 1971; Commander, British Army Staff, Singapore, and Governor, Singapore International School, 1971-1973; Senior Army Representative, UK National Cell, ANZUK (Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom) Joint Force, Far East Land Forces, 1972; Deputy Director, Defence Operational Plans (Army), 1973-1974; Brig, 1975; Head of Ministry of Defence Logistics Survey Team to Saudi Arabia, 1976; retired, 1977; Chairman, Joint Staff, Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces, Oman, 1977-1981; retired from Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces, 1981; Chairman, Individual School Direction Limited, 1981-1991; Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association, Fulham, London, 1982-1991; died 1991.

Publications: Plays: (with Charles Ross), Love or money (1958); (with Charles Ross), Master of none (1960); Roger's last stand (1976); Caught in the act (1981); (with Charles Ross), Relative strangers (1984). Book: Muscat command (Leo Cooper, London, 1995), completed by Maj Simon Sloane (Adjutant of the Muscat Regt and commanded a Company, 1967-1970) in 1995.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1996. An edition of Muscat command (Leo Cooper, London, 1995) was presented to the Centre by the family in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Reports, correspondence, memoranda, maps, notes and press cuttings relating to the Dhofar War, Muscat and Oman, 1967-1971, including typescript 'Brief on Muscat and Oman', produced by Headquarters, Sultan's Armed Forces, Jun 1965; appointment diary, May-Dec 1968; correspondence, 1969-1972, mostly with Brig Corran William Brooke Purdon, Sultan's Armed Forces, Muscat, relating to operations in Dhofar, 1969-1970; typescript Muscat Regt contact reports relating to operations against People's Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arabian Gulf (PFLOAG) guerillas, Muscat and Oman, 1969-1970, with typescript lists of Muscat Regt casualties, 1968-1969, and operations carried out, Apr-Dec 1969; typescript and manuscript notes relating to operations in Dhofar, 1970, with transcriptions of signals, 1970; six humourous cartoons by Jack Sullivan relating to operations in Muscat and Oman, Jan 1970; one colour photograph and seventeen captioned photographic slides relating to the Muscat Regt, Dhofar [1970]; bound volume of printed maps of Muscat and Oman [1970]; edition of The Guards Magazine. Journal of the Household Division, with article by Thwaites entitled 'Operation LANCE', Summer 1970; typescript text of lecture by Thwaites entitled 'Dhofar 1967-1970' [1972]; copy of article by Thwaites entitled 'The Dhofar campaign, 1967-1970' from the Sultan's Armed Forces Newsletter, 1989. Also, typescript volume entitled 'Britain and Oman: the Dhofar War and its significance. A dissertation submitted for the degree of Master of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge' by Lt Col John McKeown, Royal Engineers, 1981, and manuscript of Thwaites' book on the Dhofar War entitled 'Arabian Command' [1991], later completed by Maj Simon Sloane as Muscat command (Leo Cooper, London, 1995). Edition of Muscat command by Thwaites, completed by Maj Simon Sloane (Leo Cooper, London, 1995).

System of arrangement

The arrangement of the collection is broadly chronological.

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, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London


Compiled Aug 1999; update 2017

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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  • Armed forces
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Liberation movements
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Political movements
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • State security
  • War

Corporate names

  • People's Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arabian Gulf (PFLOAG)
  • Sultan's Armed Forces


  • Muscat, Oman, Gulf States, Middle East

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