King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975

BIRKS, Horace Leslie (1897-1985), Major General

Service biography
Enlisted, London Rifle Bde 1915; World War I 1915-1918; France 1915-1916; commissioned, Machine Gun Corps Heavy Branch (later became Tank Corps) 1917; battle of Cambrai 1917; Instructor, Royal Tank Corps Schools 1919-1924; India 1924-1929; Staff College, Quetta, India 1927-1928; General Staff, Western Command and War Office 1930-1937; Instructor, Staff College, Quetta, India 1937-1939; World War II 1939-1945; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 7 Armoured Div, Army of the Nile 1939-1940; Second in Command, 4 Armoured Bde, Egypt 1940-1941; Commander, 11 Armoured Bde 1941; battle of Tobruk 1942; 10 Armoured Div 1942; Royal Armoured Corps, Central Mediterranean Force, Italy 1944; retired 1946

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Birks 1937-1968, relating chiefly to Liddell Hart's The tanks: the history of the Royal Tank Regiment (Cassell, London, 1959), also memoranda by Birks, 'Events immediately following Sidi Barrani' and 'Siege of Tobruk' written in 1953 (ref: LH 9/28/36) IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: File of correspondence with Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart and Maj Gen Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart relating to tank warfare 1916-1945 (ref: 72/7/1); The Department of Sound Records holds the recording of Lyn MacDonald's interview with Birks concerning his service with the Tank Corps at Ypres 1917, and a BBC interview on the same topic (ref: 4024/B/B); LIDDLE COLLECTION, LEEDS UNIVERSITY: Interview concerning service with the London Rifle Bde and Tank Corps, World War I 1915-1918 (recorded in 1981, ref: 640)


Index terms
SUBJECTS armoured warfare 1916-1945
PLACES Western Front 1915-1918; North West Europe 1915-1918

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