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
VERNEY, Gerald Lloyd (1900-1957), Major General

Service biography
Commissioned, Grenadier Guards 1919; Turkey 1922-1923; Aide de camp to Governor of South Australia 1928-1929; General Staff Officer Grade 3 1935-1938; Staff College, Camberley 1938-1939; transferred to Irish Guards 1939; World War II 1939-1945; France and Belgium 1939-1940; Instructor, Staff College, Camberley 1940; Officer Commanding 2 Bn Irish Guards during conversion to tanks, UK 1940-1942; Commander, 32 Guards Bde, UK 1942; 6 Guards Tank Bde, UK and Normandy, France 1942-1944; 7 Armoured Div, North West Europe 1944; 1 Guards Bde, Italy and Austria 1944-1945; Military Commander, Vienna, Austria 1945-1946; Commander 56 (London) Armoured Div (Territorial Army) 1946-1948; retired 1948

Papers
LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: Papers 1944-1977 (two boxes), including; accounts of the operations of 6 Guards Tank Bde, Normandy, 30-31 Jul 1944 (ref: Verney 1/1-3); war diary, nominal roll and subsequent account relating to operations of 7 Armoured Div, France and Belgium, Aug-Nov 1944 (ref: Verney 2/1-6); orders, instructions, nominal roll, notes, maps and subsequent accounts relating to operations of 1 Guards Bde, Italy 1944-1945 (ref: Verney 3/1-3); maps of France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany 1944 (ref: Verney 5/3-26); maps of Italy and Austria 1945 (ref: Verney 5/27-40); working papers for Verney's unpublished book, 'Airborne Forces' 1957, on the operations of the Airborne Divisions, World War II (ref: Verney 6/1); the papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Verney 1955-1957 (ref: LH 1/714) No other papers have been traced

Publications
The Desert Rats: the history of the 7th Armoured Division (Hutchinson, London, 1954); The Guards Armoured Division: a short history (Hutchinson, London, 1955); The Devil's Wind: the story of the naval brigade at Lucknow, from the letters of Edmund Hope Verney and other papers concerning the enterprise of the ship's company of HMS SHANNON in the campaign in India, 1857-58 (Hutchinson, London, 1956)

Index terms
SUBJECTS armoured warfare 1944-1945
PLACES North West Europe 1944; Southern Europe 1944-1945
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