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Army League: minutes, correspondence, reports, 1948-12 - 1953-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/83

Scope and Contents

Papers and correspondence, mainly between LSA (as Chairman) and other representatives of the Army League, including Edward Beddington-Behrens (4) and 1st Lord Iliffe, President, with other correspondents including: General Sir Montagu Stopford, Chairman of the Army Cadet Force Association (2); Major-General John Latter, Chairman of the Combined Cadet Force Association, on mountaineering courses (2); Major-General 2nd Lord Bridgeman, Deputy President of the Army Cadet Force Association, on subjects including funding and mountaineering courses (4); Lieutenant-General Sir Francis Tuker, on subjects including training (2); Lieutenant-General Sir Wilfrid Lindsell on numbers of administrative staff in the army and modern military requirements (3); Basil Liddell-Hart; Emanuel Shinwell, Secretary of State for War, on National Service, and not being able to restrict it to the Territorial Army; Lieutenant-General Sir Giffard Martel on the future of conscription and Cold War defence (3); Reginald Paget (2); Otho Prior-Palmer (2); Field Marshal Sir William Slim, Chief of Imperial General Staff, on pay for National Service and the Foreign Legion, and his comments on LSA's view of army requirements (2).

Also includes memoranda on subjects including: the Suez Canal Zone [Egypt]; the balance between provision of military equipment and men; recruiting an army from Africa, by Julian Amery; the form of army required by Britain; comments by Lieutenant-General Sir Francis Tuker on the defence estimates; comments by Sir Desmond Morton on a Home Defence article by Basil Liddell-Hart; observations on contemporary Russian behaviour; the task of the British Army (with comments by Lieutenant-General Sir Wilfrid Lindsell); the increasing numbers of senior staff at the War Office ("Tophamper") and the review by the Templer Committee; quickening manoeuvres and gaining flexibility, by Basil Liddell-Hart; what size of army is needed, with comments by General Lindsell; the role of the army, by General Lindsell; the part played by British land forces in world defence and Britain's defence problem, by Major-General John Fuller; comments from German soldiers on the present military situation and military training; Cold War defence, with comments by Generals Tuker and Lindsell and Reginald Paget; comparisons between British and Soviet divisions, by Liddell-Hart; defence of the Middle East; Western defence, by General Martel; army requirements and army reform, by LSA.


  • Creation: 1948-12 - 1953-07

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The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


2 file(s)

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Box 244

Finding aid date

2004-03-25 16:25:01.467000+00:00

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