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

Name
BUCKNALL, Gerard Corfield (1894-1980), Lieutenant General

Service biography
Commission, 1 Bn Middlesex Regt 1914; 1 Bn, Middlesex Regt, Flanders, and service on General Staff, World War I 1914-1918; attached to Egyptian Army, Sudan 1920-1921; General Officer Commanding Canadian Forces 1937-1938; Commander, 2 Bn Middlesex Regt 1939; World War II 1939-1945; Commander, 5 Div Sicily and Italy 1943; 30 Corps, Normandy landings, France 1944; removed from this comd Aug 1944; General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland 1945-1947; retired 1947

Papers
LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Bucknall 1943-1944 (ref: LH 1/127) IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: Photocopies of papers (ref: 80/33/1) including; a few pages of a diary, May 1917, relating to his service with 1 Bn, Middlesex Regt, Western Front; diary kept during his command of 5 Div and 30 Corps 1943-1944; set of 30 Corps intelligence summaries for Normandy campaign, Jun-Aug 1944; file of correspondence with senior officers including lettters from FM Bernard Law Montgomery, Lt Gen Sir Frederick Browning and Lt Gen Sir Brian Horrocks regarding his controversial removal from the command of 30 Corps, Aug 1944

Publications

Index terms
SUBJECTS staff 1943-1944; D Day 1944
PLACES North West Europe 1918; Southern Europe 1943; North West Europe 1944
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