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Armed forces

 Subject
Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 991 Collections and/or Records:

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"Aerial Operation Committee: First Meeting: Draft Minutes", 26 Sep 1917

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 27/5/2-4
Scope and Contents

Minutes of the AOC on subjects including: the committee's terms of reference to investigate the output of aircraft; discussion of existing air programmes; shipping output; Ministry of Munitions and increased demand.Typescript.

Dates: 26 Sep 1917
Conditions Governing Access: Open
 Fonds — CUOTC

Archives of Cambridge University Officers Training Corps and antecedent bodies, 1859 - 1984

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/CUOTC
Scope and Contents

The records relate primarily to the Officers Training Corps and its immediate predecessor and closest in terms of membership, the Rifle Volunteers. Membership records and photographs are the most significant surviving materials.
In view of the simultaneous existence of several bodies for which records survive however, to avoid confusion the originating body for each is specified throughout the catalogue at the lowest level of description.

Dates: 1859 - 1984
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: The University Archives are generally freely available to the holder of a reader's ticket for the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Restrictions on access are imposed on certain categories of sensitive record: financial, governmental and personal, by order of the originating body or under data protection legislation. Access information, including opening hours and how to obtain a reader's ticket, appears as part of the Library's web site (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Army and Preparation for War, 1911-07 - 1914-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/3/2
Scope and Contents Speeches, articles and reports, including: copy of a "Message to the Nation" by Field Marshal 1st Lord Roberts, consisting of a speech by Roberts, with supplementary material and other speeches by Roberts, advocating National Service and warning of Britain's unpreparedness for war; copy of a paper by LSA on the state of the armed forces, written for an informal committee on military affairs; texts and notes for speeches by LSA on defence, the Army estimates and National Service; issue of The...
Dates: 1911-07 - 1914-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Army League: cuttings, pamphlets, 1944-12 - 1952-10

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/84
Scope and Contents Includes: press cuttings on defence matters, including a Times supplement on the Territorial Army; memoranda by LSA on the most efficient economic method of warfare and the task of the British Army; review of the first year of NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), by General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Forces in Europe]; copy of the Army Estimates, 1952-53, with a related memorandum and statement by Antony Head, Secretary of State...
Dates: 1944-12 - 1952-10
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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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...
Dates: 1948-12 - 1953-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Articles, 1903-01-21 - 1904-10-19

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BRDW I Press 7
Scope and Contents

Cuttings of articles by and about WSC on Army Reform, British Empire, Finance, Unionism.

Dates: 1903-01-21 - 1904-10-19
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Accessible on microfilm.
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British military policy, 1917-05 - 1918-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/3/54
Scope and Contents General Staff memorandum on military policy for all fronts, 1918-19, including the immediate situation (July 1918), preparation for future advances, the decisive final phase and the situation of the Empire after the war. Also includes: appendix on the situation of the American Army; comparison of Allied and enemy rifle strengths, Jan 1918 to July 1919; map of the frontiers of Syria and Mesopotamia [Iraq]; letter to the Times from Captain [William] Arthur Moore, on bringing the war...
Dates: 1917-05 - 1918-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Budget Statement, 26 Apr 1926

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/75A/42-95
Scope and Contents

Speaking notes for WSC's Budget statement (26 April), on the inland revenue, debt, expenditure, Fighting Services, the return to the Gold Standard, silk duty, the McKenna Duties, Imperial Preference, betting duty, the Road Fund and the French war debt.Typescript laid out in "psalm style" with manuscript annotations in red and black ink by WSC.

Dates: 26 Apr 1926
Conditions Governing Access: Open
 Unknown

Budget Statement, 26 Apr 1926

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/75B/96
Scope and Contents

Print of WSC's Budget statement on the inland revenue, debt, expenditure, Fighting Services, the return to the Gold Standard, silk duty, the McKenna Duties, Imperial Preference, betting duty, the Road Fund and the French war debt.

Dates: 26 Apr 1926
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Cabinet memoranda and other undated memoranda, 1916-10 - 1923-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/3/36
Scope and Contents Cabinet papers, including: note by LSA on the Government's agreement to the campaign plan for 1918; memorandum by Lord Robert Cecil [Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, later 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood] on preventing future wars by international agreements, with comments by Sir Eyre Crowe [Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; interim report of the committee on the League of Nations; notes by [?] LSA on the prevention of war and a League of Nations;...
Dates: 1916-10 - 1923-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Canadian Militia Bill 1904, 1902 - 1905-01

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/2/1
Scope and Contents Letters from Major-General 12th Lord Dundonald [earlier Lord Cochrane] (7) and Colonel Samuel Hughes (5), on the command of the Canadian militia, the dismissal of Lord Dundonald as commander of the Militia, the Canadian Militia Act and the anti-British policies of Sir Wilfrid Laurier [Premier of Canada]. Also includes: memorandum by Hughes on the defence of Eastern Ontario and the Quebec border; part of a report by Lord Dundonald on reorganization of the militia and Canadian...
Dates: 1902 - 1905-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 Sub-Series

Career, honours and awards, 1914 - 1990

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BGND A.16-A.34
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Includes two drafts of Bagnold's autobiography, published by the University of Arizona Press in 1991. There is a sequence of Bagnold's childhood letters to his family from St Wilfrid's School, Bexhill-on-Sea, and Malvern College, and also a letter to Bagnold from T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia') dated 7 March 1928.

Dates: 1914 - 1990
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Charles Sivrac: Memoirs

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4477
Scope and Contents

'Mes Souvenirs depuis mon enfance 1782 jusqu'à la presente annee', 108 folios. The main text is written in English.

Dates: 1858-1862
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Citizen Service League and Army League: correspondence, 1938-10 - 1946-11

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/78
Scope and Contents Correspondence between LSA (as Chairman) and representatives of the Leagues including 1st Lord Iliffe, President, (6), 1st Lord Willingdon, Vice-President [earlier Freeman Freeman-Thomas] and 17th Lord Derby, Vice-President [earlier Lord Stanley] (7) on subjects including funding and membership of the committee. Other correspondents include: [Robert] Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], declining to take part in the National Service League or to attend a meeting (3); 2nd Lord...
Dates: 1938-10 - 1946-11
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Citizen Service League and Army League: memoranda and articles, 1937-03 - 1955-09

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/82
Scope and Contents Papers and correspondence, including: minutes of the Army League council and committee meetings; correspondence between LSA (as Chairman of the Army League), J E Coventon, Secretary and 1st Lord Iliffe [President]; notes on the Army League official memorandum; questions and reflections on defence planning, by Basil Liddell-Hart; notes by LSA on future warfare; outline of the Citizen Service League's proposals for universal training; print of an address by LSA, as Chairman of the Citizen...
Dates: 1937-03 - 1955-09
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Citizen Service League papers, 1938-11 - 1939-04

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/79
Scope and Contents

Includes: prints of speeches and articles by LSA [as Chairman of the League] on defence loans and national service, including a debate with 1st Lord Snell; booklet on the case for citizen service universal training; League programme, manifesto and policy declaration; memorandum and articles of association for the Army League.

Dates: 1938-11 - 1939-04
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Correspondence, 1908-05 - 1914-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 2/3/1
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: Alfred Deakin [Leader of the Opposition, Australia] on LSA's case against Home Rule; Frederick Oliver on the intention of David Lloyd George [? Chancellor of the Exchequer] to visit Canada [part of letter missing]; General Sir Ian Hamilton [Adjutant-General to Forces] on the hostility between China and Japan, and which side Britain should back. Also includes copies of letters from LSA to: Andrew Bonar Law [Leader of the Conservative Party] on the state of...
Dates: 1908-05 - 1914-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Correspondence, 1940-09 - 1955-02

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 2/3/11
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: Samuel Hammersley [former Ministry of Supply expert on tanks] recalling his work on tank production for LSA's memoirs; Ernest Bevin [Minister of Labour and National Service] on subjects including the Indian Trades Union movement, recruiting troops from the Empire, family allowances, industrial conscription, establishing Dominion status for India (5); John Ehrman on LSA's help with his [? Official Military Histories of the Second World War]; General Sir Claude...
Dates: 1940-09 - 1955-02
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Correspondence A - Z, 1918-01 - 1918-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 2/1/1
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain, warning LSA that by writing as a private individual on military questions (while also Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet), he was acting improperly; Lord Curzon, Lord President of the Council, commenting on a paper by LSA on foreign affairs and on the future of Palestine (3); Field Marshal Sir Edmund Allenby, thanking LSA for his congratulations over the Palestine Campaign and commenting on the political situation in Palestine and...
Dates: 1918-01 - 1918-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Correspondence A-Z on "The Problem of the Army", 1902-12 - 1904-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/1/14
Scope and Contents Correspondence on LSA's series of articles for the Times on army reform, with correspondents including: General 1st Lord Kitchener [Commander-in-Chief, India] on the advantages and disadvantages of having a large force in South Africa; Admiral Sir John Fisher [Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth] on subjects including the role of the press in reforming the Navy (3); Arthur Balfour, Prime Minister, on LSA's ideas for encouraging Finland to rebel against Russia; L J Maxse [Editor of the National...
Dates: 1902-12 - 1904-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Correspondence: political, 1861 - 1919-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/ESHR 10
Scope and Contents Includes: correspondence and memoranda on India, including letters from [3rd] Lord Durham, 5th Lord Rosebery, Lord Hartington [later 9th Duke of Devonshire] and Howard Sturgis; letters on army reform, including letters from the Royal Family, Arthur Balfour [Prime Minister], Sir George Clarke, Admiral Sir John Fisher [1st Sea Lord], Hugh Arnold-Forster, Secretary of State for War, Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres] and 1st Lord Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII and George...
Dates: 1861 - 1919-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Correspondence with 1st Lord Milner, 1903-01 - 1928-11

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/3/40
Scope and Contents Correspondence between Milner and LSA on subjects including: training troops in South Africa; the South African labour problem and immigration from China; LSA's foundation of an Imperialist group; the success of General Sir Paul Methuen [Commander-in-Chief Eastern Command] in the South African War, and Milner's concerns about Methuen's military position; the Cape Colony; Milner's own future after leaving South Africa; the 1907 Imperial Conference and ideals of imperial policy; tariff reform...
Dates: 1903-01 - 1928-11
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Cuttings, Photographs and Cartoons relating to WSC previous to the outbreak of the Second World War, 1936-06 - 1939-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BRDW I Press 29 A/2
Scope and Contents Career: Speculation within the press, concerning WSC’s absence from higher government and his suitability for a return to the Admiralty; Julian Sandys is born 19 September 1936. Domestic Policy: Abdication of King Edward VIII [later Edward, Duke of Windsor]; Alfred Duff-Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] resigns; [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain rejects calls for a general election; House of Commons endorses conscription. Foreign Policy: WSC highlights Britain’s defensive needs...
Dates: 1936-06 - 1939-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Accessible on microfilm.
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"Defence", 16 Mar 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/33B/217-272
Scope and Contents Speech notes for WSC's speech (House of Commons) on subjects including: ministerial appointments in defence; the need for greater openness with the House of Commons; retaining a reformed National Service scheme; recruitment for the regular army; the defence of Western Europe, particularly West Germany, against the Soviet Union and its satellites; reducing the Royal Navy; the threat from Soviet submarines and the need to develop aircraft carriers and anti-submarine aircraft; expanding the RAF...
Dates: 16 Mar 1950
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Defence briefings and other papers, January-November 1978, 1978-01 - 1978-11

Reference Code: GBR/0014/THCR 2/6/1/83
Scope and Contents Includes correspondence with General Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson, January-February 1978 Also includes briefing note for MT from John Stanley MP (her Parliamentary Private Secretary relating to "NATO and the new Soviet Threat", based on a report by American Senators Nunn and Bartlett to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, May 1977 Also includes Conservative Research Department briefing notes on the Government's statement on the defence estimates for 1978, March 1978;...
Dates: 1978-01 - 1978-11
Conditions Governing Access: Opened in November 2003 It may be possible to access a digital version of the file in PDF format at Churchill Archives Centre. Advance notice is essential so please contact us to make a request.

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