Collection CALVERT - CALVERT Brig Michael (1913-1998)

Key Information

Reference code



CALVERT Brig Michael (1913-1998)


  • 1971 (Creation)

Level of description



1 box (0.01 cubic metres)

Scope and content

Photographs taken by Brig (James) Michael Calvert on visits to Africa and South East Asia, 1971, comprising file of 56 photographs of visit to Rhodesia, 1971; file of 21 photographs of visit to South Vietnam, subjects include alarm posts, militia training, and the city of Dining; file of 29 photographs of visit to Guinea - Bissau, Nov 1971, mainly comprising photographs of captured Soviet weapons; file of 86 photographs of visit to Mozambique, Nov 1971, subjects include Portuguese troops in Porto Amelia and Nampula, street scenes in Nampula, press photographs of Samora Machel, President of the Frelimo guerrillas, and Jose Moyane, commander of the Frelimo forces in Tete Province; file of 21 photographs of visit to Angola, Nov 1971, subjects include Portuguese troops and street scenes in Luso.

System of arrangement

5 files, arranged by country

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1913; educated at Bradfield College, RMA Sandhurst and St John's College Cambridge; commissioned Royal Engineers, 1933; served with 14th Army, India and Burma, 1941-1945; commanded a column of the 77th Brigade on 1st Chindit Expedition, 1943; awarded DSO, 1943; acting Brig 1944; commanded 77th Brigade on 2nd Chindit Expedition, 1944; awarded Bar to DSO, 1944; commanded Special Air Service (SAS) Brigade, NW Europe, 1944-45; commanded Malayan Scouts (SAS Regiment), 1950-1951; court martialled and dismissed the Service, 1951. Writer and lecturer on guerrilla warfare and military history, 1952-1998; died 1998. Publications: Prisoners of Hope: The Campaign of the77th Infantry Brigade in Burma, 1944 (Jonathan Cape, London, 1952); Slim as a General (Pan Books, London, 1973).

Custodial history

Given by Dr J Cann, 1997.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

Imperial War Museum, London, holds papers relating to Calvert's service with Royal Engineers, chindits and on terrorism, 1933-1953

Related descriptions

Publication note

_Mad Mike: A Biography Of Brigadier Michael Calvert _by David Rooney (Pen & Sword, London, 1997)

Alternative identifier(s)

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Source Times Obituary. Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project

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