Collection CROOKENDEN - CROOKENDEN, Lt Gen Sir Napier (1915-2002)

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CROOKENDEN, Lt Gen Sir Napier (1915-2002)


  • 1969-1980 (Creation)

Level of description



6 boxes (0.06 cubic metres)

Scope and content

Official and personal correspondence and typescript and manuscript texts of speeches of Lt Gen Sir Napier Crookenden relating to service as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command, 1969-1972; correspondence relating to service as Col Commandant, Prince of Wales Div, 1970-1974;photographic slides, film, audiotape and related papers relating to Crookenden's Kermit Roosevelt Lecture Tour of the USA, 1971, relating to the Army's role in Internal Security, with specific reference to operations in Northern Ireland, 1969-1971; research notes and correspondence relating to Dropzone Normandy: the story of the American and British airborne assault on D Day, 1944 (Allan, London, 1976), Airborne at war (Allan, London, 1978) and Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (Allan, London, 1980).

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1915; educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into the Cheshire Regt, 1935; served in Palestine, 1936-1939; Lt, 1938; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Capt, 1943; Bde Maj, 6 Airlanding Bde, 1943-1944; Commanding Officer, 9 Bn, The Parachute Regt, 1944-1946; awarded DSO, 1945; General Staff Officer 2, Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1946-1948; Maj, 1948; General Staff Officer 1, School of Land/Air Warfare, 1950-1952; General Staff Officer 1 (Plans) to FM Sir Gerald (Walter Robert) Templer, Director of Operations, Malaya, 1952-1954; awarded OBE, 1954; Brevet Lt Col, 1954; Col General Staff, Manoeuvre Planning Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), 1955-1957; Lt Col, 1957; Col, 1957; Deputy Commandant, JSA [Joint Services Academy] Warfare Centre and Chief Instructor, Staff Training Wing, 1957-1958; commanded 16 Parachute Bde, 1960-1961; Imperial Defence College, 1962; Director, Land/Air Warfare Ministry of Defence (Army Department), 1964-1966; awarded CB, 1966; Commandant, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, 1967-1969; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, 1969-1972; Col, The Cheshire Regt, 1969-1971; created KCB, 1970; Col Commandant, The Prince of Wales Div, 1971-1974; retired 1972; Trustee, Imperial War Museum, London, 1973-1983; Director, South East Regional Board, Lloyds Bank Limited, 1973-1986; Chairman, Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association, 1974-1985; Lieutenant, HM Tower of London, 1975-1981; Vice President, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, 1978-1985; Director, Flextech Limited, 1978-1986; Deputy Lieutenant, Kent, 1979. Died 2002

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by General Crookenden in 1996.

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

Script of material

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


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