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

MCCREERY, Sir Richard Loudon (1898-1967), General

Service biography
Commissioned, 12 Lancers 1915; World War I 1915-1918; France 1915-1917 1918; Staff College 1928-1929; Bde Maj, 2 Cavalry Bde 1930-1933; Commander, 12 Lancers (Armoured Car Regt) 1935-1938; General Staff Officer Grade 1 1938-1939; World War II 1939-1945; France 1940; Chief of General Staff Middle East 1942; Tunisia 1943; Commander, 8 Army, Italy 1944-1945; General Officer Commanding British Forces of Occupation in Austria and British Representative on Allied Commission for Austria 1945-1946; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), West Germany 1946-1948; British Army Representative, Military Staff Committee, UN 1948-1949; retired 1949

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: The papers of Brig Sydney ThomasDivers include correspondence with McCreery relating to Royal Army Service Corps work with 10 Corps, Italy 1944-1945 (ref: Divers 3/3); a printed collection of McCreery's messages to the 8 Army in North Africa and Italy (published 1945 ref: Divers 3/13); also six letters from McCreery 1945-1953 (ref: Divers 4/2/1-6); the papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with McCreery 1957-1959 (ref: LH 2M/9/1-11) IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: copy of unpublished biography by Maj Gen John M Strawson covering service 1915-1949 (ref: 75/130/1); the papers of Lt Gen Sir Oliver William Hargreaves Leese (ref: Strong Rm), include a single copy letter to McCreery, Jan 1945, including background to the campaign in Burma; the papers of Lt Gen Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel (ref: P240-245) include correspondence with McCreery on armoured warfare in the Middle East, Apr-Aug 1942; No other private papers have been traced. Sir Richard's family stated in 1982 that they had no papers. Papers held by his widow (cited in Chris Cook, Sources in British political history, 1900-1951 (Macmillan, London, 1975) have not been located


Index terms
SUBJECTS armoured warfare 1935-1938; United Nations 1948-1949; international government 1948-1949; intelligence 1948-1949
PLACES Southern Europe 1944-1945; North West Europe 1945-1948

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