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

PLAYFAIR, Ian Stanley Ord (1894-1972), Major General

Service biography
Joined Royal Engineers 1913; World War I in France and Belgium 1914-1918; Officer Commanding Gentlemen Cadets, Royal Marine Artillery 1920-1924; Chief Instructor, Field Works and Bridging School of Military Engineering 1930-1934; Instructor (General Staff Officer Grade 2), Staff College, Quetta, India 1934-1937; Imperial Defence College 1938; Commandant, Army Gas School 1939; World War II 1939-1945; Director of Plans, War Office 1940-1941; Maj Gen, General Staff, 11 Army Group, South East Asia Command 1943; retired 1947

No reply to an approach letter to family, 1979 SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: The papers of AF Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, include correspondence with Playfair relating to South East Asia Command 1943-1945 (ref: MB1/C200)

co-author, History of the Second World War in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, 1939-1942 (4 vols, HMSO, London, 1954-66)

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