Collection CARY-ELWES - CARY-ELWES, Lt Col Oswald Aloysius Joseph (1913-1994)

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CARY-ELWES, Lt Col Oswald Aloysius Joseph (1913-1994)


  • 1987 (Creation)
  • [1965] (Creation)
  • 1944 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

Copies of papers relating to his service with the French Special Air Service, France, 1944, some dated 1944, [1965] and 1987, principally comprising 'Looking back to the French SAS in Brittany, 1944', article by Cary-Elwes from the [Military Intelligence Review], 1947; pamphlet on Operation BONAPARTE, an operation to help Allied airmen to escape from occupied Europe, 1944-1945, published in the USA in [1965]; typescript text on the French Special Air Service, 1940-1946, written by [Cary-Elwes] in 1987; manuscript account of his service with Cary-Elwes and the French Special Air Service, Brittany, 1944, by Cpl Eric Mills, Cary-Elwes' batman, ND .

System of arrangement

1 file

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1913; 2nd Lt, Royal Lincolnshire Regt, 1933; Lt, 1936; General Staff Officer Grade 3, HQ Western Command, 1940; Bde Maj, Nigerian Bde, 1940-1942; Capt, 1941;General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1 Lines of Communication Sub-Area, North Africa, 1942-1943, 20 Liaison HQ, 1944, and North West Europe, 1945-1946; served with the French Special Air Service, 1944; General Staff Officer Grade 1, North West Europe, 1946; Maj, 1946; General Staff Officer Grade 2, British Military Mission to France, 1947; AMA (General Staff Officer 2), Cairo, 1949-1951; General Staff Officer Grade 2 later Grade 1, HQ Allied Forces in Central Europe, 1955-1958; Lt Col, 1956; General Staff Officer Grade 1, French Forces in Germany, 1958-1959; retired, 1968; died in 1994.

Custodial history

Copies made by the Centre in 1995 from originals loaned by the family.

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

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Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Compiled Jun 1997

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


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