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

LINDSAY, George Mackintosh (1880-1956), Major General

Service biography
Joined Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) 1898; commissioned, Rifle Bde 1900; South African War 1900-1902; Adjutant , Customs and Docks Rifle Volunteers 1907-1908; Adjutant , 17 Bn, London Regt 1908-1911; Instructor, School of Musketry, Hythe 1913-1915; World War I 1914-1918; General Staff Officer Grade 2, Machine Gun Corps Training Centre, Grantham 1915-1916; Bde Maj, 99 Infantry Bde, 2 Div 1916-1917; Chief Instructor, Machine Gun School 1917-1918; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Machine Gun Officer, 1 British Army in France 1918-1919; Commander, 41 Bn, Machine Gun Corps, Germany 1919; Staff College 1920; Commander, No 1 Armoured Car Group, Tank Corps, Iraq 1921-1923; transferred to the Royal Tank Corps 1923; Chief Instructor, Royal Tank Corps Headquarters Central Schools 1923-1925; Inspector, Royal Tank Corps, War Office 1925-1929; Member, Mechanical Warfare Board 1926-1929; Brig, General Staff, Egyptian Command 1929-1932; Commander, 7 (Mechanised Experimental) Infantry Bde, Southern Command 1932-1934; Commander, Presidency and Assam District, India 1935-1939; Col Commandant Royal Tank Regiment 1938-1947; retired 1939; re-employed, World War II 1939-1944; Commander, 9 Highland Div, British Liberation Army, North West Europe 1939-1940; Deputy Regional Commandant, South West Civil Defence Region 1940-1944; Commissioner, British Red Cross, North West Europe 1944-1946

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include Lindsay's papers 1916-1948 (ref: 15/12), on the present and potential future use of tanks and armoured forces, given to Liddell Hart as research material for his book The tanks: the history of the Royal Tank Regiment (Cassell & Co, London, 1959), including; reports, lectures and memoranda by Lindsay 1922-1934, principally on the role of the Royal Tank Corps (ref: LH 15/12/2-4, 8, 13, 19); reports and memoranda by other authors 1916-1942, including; report from FM Edmund (Henry Hyman) Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe Dec 1924, as High Commissioner for Egypt and Sudan, to (Joseph) Austen Chamberlain, MP, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, on a mutiny of Sudanese troops in Khartoum, Nov 1924 (ref: LH 15/12/2); report by Col Charles Noel Frank Broad, Deputy Director of Staff Duties, to Director of Staff Duties, Jul 1929, on the possibility of expanding the Royal Tank Corps to form four tank brigades (ref: LH 15/12/6); memorandum from Lt Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart, Commanding Officer, 3 Div, Dec 1931, to Maj Gen Charles Bonham-Carter, on the creation of the Royal Tank Corps Group, Egypt (ref; LH 15/12/7); report by Brig Philip Walhouse Chetwode, Commanding Officer, 2 Cavalry Div, Feb 1916, on the future organisation of cavalry units (ref: LH 15/12/5); memorandum from Gen Sir John Greer Dill, Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff, May 1940, on Royal Armoured Corps training (ref: LH 15/12/12); report, Jan 1942, by Lt Col Nigel William Duncan, Royal Tank Regiment, on armoured warfare (ref: LH 15/12/12); memorandum by Gen Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles, Inspector, Royal Tank Corps, Oct 1925, on the benefits of a tank division (ref: LH 15/12/6); memorandum by Maj Gen Cecil Percival Heywood, Dec 1934, on the use of mechanised infantry in a mobile force (ref: LH 15/12/8); memoranda by Brig Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart, 1935, on the organisation of tanks, mobile troops and tactical vehicles (ref: LH 15/12/6); reports by Brig Frederick Elliot Hotblack on the reorganisation of tank units and German tank formations, Mar-Jul 1938 (ref: LH 15/12/6); memorandum by Brig Ernest Ord Lewin, Jul 1924, on the tactical handling of a mobile force (ref: LH 15/12/6); report by Gp Capt Norman Duckworth Kerr Macewen, Officer Commanding RAF Transjordan, on operations against the Wahabi, Aug 1924 (ref: LH15/12/2); report by Lt Col Giffard le Quesne Martel, Instructor, Staff College, India, Nov 1932, on mechanisation (ref: LH 15/12/6); report and letters, Sep-Oct 1934, from Lt Col Giffard le Quesne Martel, concerning the development of a one-man armoured carrier ('mechanical coffin'), with photographs (ref: LH 15/12/16); memorandum by Lt Col Martel 1935, on the organisation of mobile troops (ref: LH 15/12/6); memorandum by Gen Sir George Francis Milne, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Apr 1928, on the future organisation of the Royal Tank Corps in Egypt (ref: LH 15/12/7); memorandum by Maj Gen Sydney Capel Peck, Dec 1941, on tank production (ref: LH 15/12/12); two papers by Brig Frederick Alfred Pile, Jun-Aug 1935, 'Mechanical maintenance of the Army' and 'The infantry tank' (ref: LH 15/12/1); memorandum by Col Justice Crosland Tilly, Jan 1935, on the expansion of the Royal Tank Corps (ref; LH 15/12/6); lecture by Maj Gen Ivo Lucius Beresford Vesey, Director of Staff Duties, Air Ministry, to Staff Conference, Camberley, Jan 1929, 'Future policy regarding mechanisation' (ref: LH 15/12/3); Lindsay's correspondence with Army colleagues 1924-1956, including; correspondence between Lindsay as Brig, General Staff, Egypt, and Col Alan Francis Brooke, Feb 1933, Army Instructor, Imperial Defence College, relating to Imperial Defence College lectures on the strategic importance of Egypt (ref; LH 15/12/7); correspondence with Lt Gen Sir (Warren) Hastings Anderson and Brig Hugh Jamieson Elles 1924-1925 (ref: LH 15/12/13); correspondence with Brig Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart 1924-1934, including comment, Jul-Sep 1924, on the tactical deployment of a mechanised force (ref: LH 15/12/13): the possible use of mechanised forces in the event of a war in Europe, 1933 (ref: LH 15/12/8): and discussion, 1933-1934, of the use of tanks in India, and the problems of tank and cavalry co-operation (ref: LH 15/12/3); correspondence with Maj Frederick Elliot Hotblack 1924-1939, including comment on the military and political situation in Egypt, May-Aug, 1930 (ref: LH 15/12/7): and comment, 1938-1939, on the deployment of tanks (ref: LH 15/12/13) correspondence between Lindsay, FM Sir William Edmund Ironside and Lt Gen Charles Noel Frank Broad, Sep-Dec 1939, relating to tank warfare (ref: LH 15/12/12); correspondence between Lindsay and Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1940-1942, relating to mechanised warfare, German invasion plans, and plans for the defence of south west England (ref: LH 15/12/13: see also correspondence at LH 1/448); correspondence with Maj Gen Arthur Edward McNamara, Director of Military Training, Jul-Aug 1934, relating to officer training (ref; LH 15/12/2); correspondence with Maj Giffard Le Quesne Martel and other Royal Tank Regiment officers, Nov-Dec 1924, on the manufacture and use of wire-net roads, as deployed in Palestine, 1917-1918 (ref: LH 15/12/13); questionnaire from Lt Col Ernest Ker Squires, Secretary, Cavalry Committee, to Lindsay, concerning cavalry requirements in a future field force, 1926 (ref: LH 15/12/5); correspondence between Lindsay and Col Justice Crosland Tilly, Headquarters Tank Bde, May-Sep 1938, on the possible amalgamation of the Royal Tank Corps and the cavalry (ref: LH 15/12/13); correspondence with Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell 1935-1944, including comment on mechanisation, and on Wavell's visit to the USSR to observe Red Army manoeuvres, Sep 1936 (ref: LH 15/12/14); correspondence 1929-1932, concerning mechanisation and the tactical deployment of armoured forces, between Lindsay as Brig, General Staff, Egyptian Command, and contemporaries concerned with mobile warfare, including: Maj Gen Charles Bonham-Carter, Director of Staff Duties, Brig Charles Noel Frank Broad, Commander, 1 Bde, Royal Tank Corps, Lt Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart, Commander, 3 Div, Maj Gen Sir William Edmund Ironside, Headquarters Meerut District, India, Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart, and Maj Gen Sydney Capel Peck, Director of Mechanisation (ref: LH 15/12/15); the main collection of Liddell Hart papers also includes general correspondence with Lindsay 1926-1956 (ref: LH 1/448); the papers of Maj Gen Robert Clive Bridgeman, 2nd Viscount Bridgeman include lectures and papers by Lindsay relating to armoured support for infantry 1933-1934; PRIVATE POSSESSION: Family retains a further 'substantial' collection of papers

The war on the civil and military fronts (Cambridge University Press, 1942)

Index terms
SUBJECTS armoured warfare 1916-1942; training 1933; home defence 1940-1942
PLACES Middle East 1917-1918;Middle East 1922;Middle East 1924; North Africa 1924; Middle East 1928-1933; South Asia 1932-1934; North West Europe 1935; Russia 1936; Soviet Union 1936
NAMES FM Edmund (Henry Hyman) Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe 1924;Gen Sir Charles Bonham-Carter 1929-1932;Lt Gen Sir Charles Noel Frank Broad 1929-1932;Lt Gen Sir Charles Noel Frank Broad 1939;FM Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke of Brookeborough1933;Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart 1929-1932;FM Philip Walhouse Chetwode, 1st Baron Chetwode 1916;FM Sir John Greer Dill 1940;Maj Gen Nigel William Duncan 1942;Gen Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles 1924-1925;Maj Gen Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart 1924-1935;Maj Gen Frederick Elliot Hotblack 1924-1938;FM William Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside of Archangel and Ironside 1929-1932 and 1939;Maj Gen Ernest Ord Lewin 1924;Capt Sir Basil Liddell Hart 1940-1942;AVM Sir Norman Duncan Kerr Macewen 1924;Lt Gen Sir Arthur Edward McNamara 1934;Lt Gen Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel #from 1924, #to 1935;FM George Francis Milne, 1st Baron Milne 1928;Gen Sir Frederick Pile 1935;Lt Gen Ernest Ker Squires 1926;Maj Gen Sir Justice Crosland Tilly 1935;Gen Sir Ivo Lucius Beresford Vesey 1929;FM Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell 1935-1944

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