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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wynne
WYNNE, Capt Graeme Chamley (1889-1964)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.05 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Wynne, Graeme Chamley, 1889-1954, Captain
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1889; commissioned into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1907; Lt, 1912; Platoon commander, 2 Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Dublin and Carrickfergus, Ireland, 1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service with 2 Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 13 Infantry Bde, 5 Div, 2 Corps, British Expeditionary Force (BEF), France and Belgium, Aug-Sep 1914; retreat from Mons, Belgium, Aug 1914; Battle of Le Cateau, France, 26 Aug 1914; captured by German forces, Le Cateau, France, 26 Aug 1914; POW, Germany, Sep 1914-Jan 1918; Capt, 1915; interned in the Netherlands, Jan-Nov 1918; employed by the Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence ( later Historical Section, Cabinet Office), 1918-1956; resigned from Army, 1927; retired 1956; died 1964. Publications: Compiled, with Brig Gen Sir James (Edward) Edmonds, Military operations, France and Belgium, 1915. Volume I ( Macmillan, London, 1927); If Germany attacks. The battle in depth in the west (Faber and Faber, London, 1940).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Compiled, with Brig Gen Sir James (Edward) Edmonds, Military operations, France and Belgium, 1915. Volume I (Macmillan, London, 1927); If Germany attacks. The battle in depth in the west (Faber and Faber, London, 1940).

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1964 and 1965, with a second accession in 2006.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1908-1974, including Wynne's letters home to his father from Germany, 1908-1911, including detailed descriptions of illegal duelling by students in Hannover, Germany and calling card of General Otto von Emmich, Commander, 10 Army Corps, Hannover, Germany, 1909-1915. Bound typescript account by Wynne, 29 Jul-4 Sep 1914, on his experiences in the BEF's (British Expeditionary Force's) retreat from Mons, Belgium, the Battle of Le Cateau, France, and capture by German forces during the Battle of Le Cateau, France, 26 Aug 1914, written as a POW in Germany, Sep-Oct 1914. Correspondence, press cutting, menus and Christmas cards relating to time as POW, Germany and Netherlands, 1914-1918, including letters written to parents from Portobello Barracks, Dublin, immediately before embarkation for France, Aug 1914; cutting from The Morning Post , 3 Sept 1914, listing Wynne as killed; letter home from POW camp, Magdeburg, Germany, 30 Dec 1914, referring to incorrect report of his death; menus, playing cards and Christmas cards with watercolours by Wynne and signatures of fellow POW's. Correspondence and papers relating to Wynne's work for the Historical Section, Cabinet Office, and to his publications, 1928-1958, including two letters from Maj Gen Sir Ernest (Dunlop) Swinton relating to German defence systems, 30 Sep 1939, and to Wynne's book, If Germany attacks. The battle in depth in the west (Faber and Faber, London, 1940), 2 Feb 1940; manuscript diary and typescript report by Wynne on an official visit to North Africa, 12 Apr-23 May 1943; letters to Wynne from Lt Gen Sir Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson, General Officer Commanding 1 Army, North Africa, rebutting allegations reported to Wynne by troops of 8 Army of Anderson's poor handling of 1 Army in operations in North Africa, May 1943; three letters from Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart, dated Jan-Jul 1958, relating to Wynne's article on the Schlieffen plan and The Schlieffen plan. Critique of a myth by Professor Gerhard Ritter (Oswald Wolff, London, 1958). Correspondence, 1939-1974, relating to Wynne's publications, including his book If Germany attacks. The battle in depth in the west (Faber and Faber, London, 1940). Also photograph of Wynne's father, General Sir Arthur Singleton Wynne, c.1914.

System of arrangement

The collection is 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 provided forresearch 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

Summary guide available online.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include a note by Liddell Hart on a discussion with Wynne on the Official History of the Great War, Feb 1936 (Ref: Liddell Hart 11/1936/42); typescript comments by Liddell Hart, Jun 1937, on an Army Quarterly article by Wynne on the events of Mar 1918 (Ref: Liddell Hart 10/1937/78); information from Wynne on the official historians of World War Two, 1954 (Ref: Liddell Hart 11/1954/7); note by Liddell Hart on discussion with Wynne about the Schlieffen Plan, Brig Gen Sir James (Edward) Edmonds and the Official History of the Great War, Nov 1957 (Ref: Liddell Hart 11/1957/19); a series of articles by Wynne, 'Pattern for limited (nuclear) war: the riddle of the Schlieffen Plan', from the Royal United Service Institution Journal, 1957-1958, with related correspondence (Ref: Liddell Hart 9/24/206).



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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  • Authors
  • Communication personnel
  • Documents
  • Higher science education
  • History
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military history
  • Military organizations
  • Military theory
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Anderson, Sir, Kenneth Arthur Noel, 1891-1959, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • Liddell Hart, Sir, Basil Henry, 1895-1970, Knight, Captain, military historian
  • Ritter, Gerhard, fl 1958, Professor
  • Swinton, Sir, Ernest Dunlop, 1868-1951, Knight, Major General, military historian

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • German Army


  • Germany
  • Le Cateau, France
  • Mons, Belgium
  • North Africa

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