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
JACKSON, Sir William (Godfrey Fothergill) (1917-1999), General

Service biography
Commissioned, Royal Engineers 1937; World War II 1939-1945; Norway 1940; Tunisia 1942-1943; Sicily and Italy 1943-1944; Far East 1945; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Headquarters Allied Land Forces, South East Asia 1945-1948; Instructor, Staff College, Camberley 1948-1950; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst 1951-1953; Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General (Plans), War Office, during Suez operations 1956; Commander, Gurkha Engineers 1958-1960; Col General Staff, Minley Div of Staff College, Camberley 1961-1962; Deputy Director of Staff Duties, War Office 1962-1964; Imperial Defence College 1965; Director, Chief of Defence Staff's Unison Planning Staff 1966-1968; Assistant Chief of General Staff (Operational Requirements) Ministry of Defence 1968-1970; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command 1970-1972; Quartermaster General 1973-1976; Military Historian, Cabinet Office 1977-1978; Governor and Commander-in-Chief Gibraltar 1978-1982; Military Historian, Cabinet Office since 1982; Col Commandant Royal Engineers 1971-1981; Gurkha Engineers 1971-1976; Royal Army Ordnance Corps 1973-1978

Papers
No reply to approach letter, 1989 No papers have been traced

Publications
Attack in the West: Napoleon's first campaign re-read today (Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1953); Seven roads to Moscow, on military invasions of Russia (Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1957); The battle for Italy (Batsford, London, 1967); The battle for Rome (Batsford, London, 1969); Alexander of Tunis as a military commander (Batsford, London, 1971); The North African campaign (Batsford, London, 1975); Overlord, Normandy, 1944 (Davis-Poynter, London, 1978); Withdrawal from Empire (Batsford, London, 1986); Victory in the Mediterranean, volume 6 in the official History of the Second World War (HMSO, London, 1987); The Rock of the Gibaltarians: a history of Gibraltar (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, Rutherford, 1987); Britain's defence dilemna, an inside view, rethinking British defence policy in the post-imperial era (Batsford, London, 1990); with FM Edwin Noel Westby Bramall, Baron Bramall of Bushfield, Hampshire, The Chiefs: the story of the United Kingdom Chiefs of Staff (Brassey's, London, 1992); The Governor's cat (Grendon, Gibraltar, 1992); From fortress to democracy: the political biography of Sir Joshua Hassan (Grendon, Gibraltar, 1995); The pomp of yesterday: the defence of India and the Suez Canal, 1798-1918 (Brassey's, London, 1995); Britain's triumph and decline in the Middle East: military campaigns 1919 to the present day (Brassey's, London, 1996)

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