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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wilson, LE
WILSON, Louis Edward (1884-1973)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
one box, one file and one oversized box or 0.02m3


Name of creator(s)

Wilson, Louis Edward, 1884-1973

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1884; Confidential Liaison Officer, B B Chemical Co Ltd (Bostick), Leicester, 1940-1945, coordinating efforts of BB Chemical, the Ministries, the Armed Forces and various industrial organisations to develop waterproofing for armoured vehicles, particularly in preparation for D Day; died 1973.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, Oct 1992

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Louis Edward Wilson, 1914-1959, relating to World War One Fundraising Tank Campaign and to the waterproofing of tanks during World War Two, including: booklet, The German Raid on the Hartlepools, December 16th 1914 , with photographs of bomb damage and list of the dead, 1914; correspondence, photographs, brochures, programmes, invitations and publicity material relating to the National Tour around the UK of the Tank Campaign of the National War Savings Committee, 8 Jan 1917-19 Dec 1919; letters from Maj Gen Sir Ernest Swinton, contributor to the invention of the tank and first commander of the Tank Corps, 18 Aug 1922-18 Jul 1945; correspondence concerning Wilson's career and the process of tank waterproofing, 14 Sept 1939-28 Jun 1946 and 3 Jan 1959; papers relating to tank waterproofing, 1940-1945, including: notes on supplies for the Dieppe raid, Aug 1942; notes taken from minutes of Tank Committee meetings, Aug 1942-Jun 1943; lists of companies manufacturing tanks, 1945; summary of the uses of Bostik in tank wading, Aug 1940-Jan 1945; 'A Tank Goes for a Swim', illustrated article from Picture Post , 21 Oct 1944; German aerial photograph of Coventry, showing Armstrong Siddeley aircraft engine works, Oct 1940; photographs of tank landings on manoeuvres in the UK, 1943, in Sicily and Italy, 1943, and in Normandy, 1944; booklets containing waterproofing and wading instructions, 1943-1944, for tanks including the Churchill Mk I, II, III, and IV; Light Tank M5, M5A1 and Howitzer motor carriage with radio equipment; Sherman Mk III and Mk V; Stuart Mk III and Mk V; Car, Scout and Humber Mk I and II; Armoured Car and Humber Mk I, II, III and IV; Valentine Bridgelayer; Armoured Car, Staghound; Churchill AVRE; Churchill ARV; Centaur Mk IV; 3in gun motor carriage M10; Carriers; Crusader, Gun Tractor Mk I; Cromwell Mk I, II, IV, V, VI and Centaur Mk I, III, IV. Also copy of We Planned the Second Front by Maj John Dalgleish (Gollancz, 1945) with mention of the waterproofing efforts.

System of arrangement

In sections as above.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Box list available online and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

MISC 14 contains leaflets concerning asbestos compound waterproofing of Allied tanks and vehicles for Operation OVERLORD, 1944, and the AG WOODS papers include leaflets on waterproofing of vehicles and equipment, 1944.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Sept 2007, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Amphibious warfare
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • Military equipment
  • Military operations
  • Motor vehicles
  • Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • Tanks
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Swinton, Sir, Ernest Dunlop, 1868-1951, Knight, Major General, military historian
  • Wilson, Louis Edward, 1884-1973
  • Wilson, Louis Edward, 1884-1973


  • Coventry, Warwickshire, England
  • Italy
  • London, England
  • Normandy, France

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