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The Papers of Rear-Admiral Sir Anthony Wass Buzzard

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BZRD

Scope and Contents

Buzzard's primary career was as a naval officer and a significant portion of this collection reflects this work. There are Second World War naval papers concerning HMS Glory, HMS Superb, HMS Formidable, HMS Theseus and HMS Implacable. Also included are conference papers on issues such as arms, deterrence and disarmament. But it was Buzzard's involvement with organisations such as the Institute for Strategic Studies, the Conference of Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament and the British Council of Churches that produced the majority of documents in this collection.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1972

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Anthony Buzzard was born on 28 April 1902, the eldest son of Sir E. Farquhar Buzzard (1st Baronet) and his wife May. He succeeded his father in 1945. In 1932 he married Margaret Elfreda Knapp, they had two sons and one daughter. He died on 10 March 1972. He attended the Royal Naval Colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth. During his naval career he was mainly involved in gunnery, staff and naval appointments, including service on the Strategic Joint Planning Staff of the Ministry of Defence, 1941 - 1944. His last appointment in the Royal Navy was Director of Naval Intelligence, 1951-1954. He later worked with the International Department of the British Council of Churches, and was a member of the World and the British Councils of Churches' Commissions studying defence and disarmament. He was one of the founder members of the Institute for Strategic Studies and was on the Disarmament Panel set up by Lord Chalfont, Minister of State for Disarmament, in the 1960s.


67 archive box(es)

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This collection has not yet been sorted or arranged.

Other Finding Aids

A basic box list of this collection is available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in three accessions first by Lady Buzzard (1976) and later by her youngest son in 1988 and 1992.

Related Materials

Correspondence with Sir Basil H Liddell Hart (1955-64) is held at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Louise King in March 2003. Information was obtained from " Who Was Who" (A&C Black).


Buzzard, Sir Anthony Wass, 1902-1972, 2nd Baronet, Rear-Admiral

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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