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
PILE, Sir Frederick Alfred ('Tim') (1884-1976), General

Service biography
Joined Royal Artillery 1904; service in India before World War I; Trowbridge, England 1911-1914; World War I 1914-1918; Royal Horse Artillery battery, retreat from Mons, Western Front 1914; Staff Capt, 1 Div 1915-1916; Bde Maj, 40 Div 1916-1918; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 22 Corps, France 1918-1919; Bde Maj, Brighton and Shoreham District 1919-1920; Staff College student 1923; transferred to Royal Tank Corps 1923; Commander, 1 experimental Mechanized Force; Assistant Director of Mechanization, War Office 1928-1932; Commander, Canal Brigade Mechanized Force, Egypt 1932-1936; 1 Anti Aircraft Div, Territorial Army 1937-1939; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Anti Aircraft Command, World War II 1939-1945; Director General, Ministry of Works 1945; Col Commandant, Royal Artillery 1945-1952

Papers
LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Pile 1928-1967 (ref: 1/575); the Liddell Hart papers include a report by Pile as Commander of 3 Bn, Royal Tank Corps, Reconnaissance Group, Mechanised Force, on organisation and equipment, Oct 1927 (ref: LH 9/28/68); the Liddell Hart papers include a lecture text by Pile, 'The development and future of armoured fighting vehicles', Dec 1930 (ref: LH 9/28/66); the Liddell Hart papers include correspondence with Pile relating to Liddell Hart's book The tanks. The history of the Royal Tank Regiment (Cassell, London, 1959); the Liddell Hart papers also include Liddell Hart's extensive notes on conversations with Pile 1928-1950 (approx 60 items, within ref: LH 11/1928-1950); the papers of Maj Gen George Mackintosh Lindsay include two papers by Pile, Jun-Aug 1935, 'Mechanical maintenance of the Army' and 'The infantry tank' (ref: LH 15/12) IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: The papers of FM Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and Hindhead, include copies of confidential army reports on Montgomery by Pile, Mar and Dec 1933 (ref: BLM 8/1-2); the Montgomery papers also include a single letter from Pile, Jan 1946 (ref: BLM 97/131); the Department of Sound Records holds a recording

Publications
Ack-Ack: Britain's defence against air attack during the Second World War (George G Harrap & Co, London, 1949)

Index terms
SUBJECTS armoured warfare 1927; armoured warfare 1930; anti aircraft defence 1939-1945; Home Front 1939-1945
PLACES Western Front 1914-1918; North West Europe 1914-1919
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