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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MISC 26
Title
WAR OFFICE: Instructional booklets on the German Army, 1941-1943
Date(s)
1941-1943
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files

Context

Name of creator(s)

War Office

Administrative / Biographical history

During World War Two, the War Office published a series of instructional booklets for British Army personnel which detailed German Army field service uniforms, insignia, armour, weaponry, and tactics. The publications were designed for instructional purposes, and often included comparative studies of Allied and German weaponry and tactics as well as analyses of successful German operations

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired from King's College Library in 1989

Content & structure

Scope and content

Published booklets from the General Staff, War Office, including two booklets entitled The German Army in Pictures and More Pictures of the German Army, detailing German Army weaponry, uniforms, and insignia, 1941; five guides to the Germany Army detailing the tactics and organisation of armoured divisions, infantry divisions, airborne troops, engineers, and reconnaissance units, 1941; A Guide to the Identification of German Units, detailing badges of rank and service German officers for the purpose of interrogation, 1942; five pamphlets relating to German infantry weapons, Italian infantry weapons, German light anti- aircraft and anti-tank guns, German infantry, heavy anti-aircraft, and divisional artillery; German infantry engineer and airborne weapons, 1941-1943; Periodical Notes on the German Army relating to tactics of the German tank regiment and tank battalion, German Army tactics in Libya, 1941, operations of German 11 Air Corps during the attack on Crete, May 1941, German artillery operations in armoured divisions, and the tactical handling of German armoured divisions, lorried infantry and motorcycle units, 1942; New Notes on the German Army, relating to the evolution of German armoured and motorised divisions, and German supply and administrative services, 1942-1943; two pamphlets relating to the German Army order of battle, 1942-1943; booklet designed to aid British personnel in the recognition of British and Allied Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), 1942; booklet of vocabulary of German military terms, 1943.

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 supplied for research 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 Archive Services

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Notes

Note

Compiled Oct 1999

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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Subjects

  • Air defence
  • Airborne warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Armoured warfare
  • Central government
  • Clothing
  • Defence
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military equipment
  • Military intelligence
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Public administration
  • State security
  • Textiles
  • Uniforms
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • Weapons
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • German Army
  • War Office
  • War Office

Places

  • Crete, Greece
  • Libya
  • North Africa

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