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Special correspondence: Auchinleck, 1941-06 - 1949-01

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 2/2/1

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck on subjects including: what Auchinleck could do following retirement; the end of his time as Commander-in-Chief, India; the press campaign alleging discord between himself and Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten [Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia] and its adverse effect on Auchinleck's organisation (1944); his hope of returning to active military command and suggestion that he might take on a civil position in the meantime (1943); Indian divisions serving in Italy with the Eighth Army; the extension of the tenure of 2nd Lord Linlithgow [earlier Lord Hopetoun] as Viceroy of India; Auchinleck's feelings at being replaced as Commander-in-Chief Middle East, his decision to refuse the new Persia-Iraq Command and the difficulties of combining it with the India Command; LSA's support for Auchinleck (1942); producing officers for the Indian Army, sending help to Burma [later Myanmar] and Malaya [later Malaysia] and the situation between the Allied forces and those of General Erwin Rommel [Commander, Afrika Corps] (March 1942); reorganisation of the Middle Eastern Command; Auchinleck's success as Commander-in-Chief, India (1941); support from Oliver Lyttelton [Minister of State, Middle East, later 1st Lord Chandos].

Other correspondents include: G M Trevelyan on the possibility of Auchinleck becoming Master of one of the Cambridge colleges following his retirement from active service.


  • Creation: 1941-06 - 1949-01


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Finding aid date

2004-08-11 16:35:03+00:00

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