Collection DE GUINGAND - DE GUINGAND, Maj Gen Sir Francis Wilfred (1900-1979)

Key Information

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DE GUINGAND, Maj Gen Sir Francis Wilfred (1900-1979)


  • 1942-1946 (Creation)

Level of description



2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

Scope and content

Papers relating to 8 Army operations in Western Desert and Battle of El Alamein, 1941-1942, in particular Operations LIGHTFOOT, SUPERCHARGE and GRAPESHOT, including maps, memoranda and plans; 21 Army Group, Operation OVERLORD, 1944 including notes of operations, Jun 1944-May 1945; report on Operation BLACKCOCK, attack by 12 Corps at Roermond, Jan 1945; surrender by German forces, May 1945 including plans for administration of enemy territory and troops. Excerpts from German wireless messages, 1941-1943. Printed material, including messages from Montgomery, General Officer Commanding 8 Army, Nov 1942-Jan 1944 and as Commander-in- Chief, 21 Army Group, Jun 1944-Aug 1945; personal messages from Supreme Commander, SHAEF, 1944; handbooks and pamphlets, Dec 1942-Dec 1944; limited circulation newspapers, 1943 and 1945, including 'Eighth Army News'; operational reports, 1945, including 79 Armoured Division, 21 Army Group and Allied Expeditionary Force.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically in sections reflecting military service with 8 Army and 21 Army Group; German wireless messages and printed material are grouped separately.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1900; educated at Ampleforth School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; joined West Yorkshire Regt, 1919; seconded to King's African Rifles, 1926-1931; Officer Commanding Troops, Nyasaland, 1930-1931; Adjutant, 1 Battalion West Yorkshire Regt, 1932-1934; Staff College, Camberley, 1935-1936; Military Assistant to the Secretary of State for War, 1939-1940; Director of Military Intelligence, Middle East, 1942; Chief of Staff, 8 Army, 1942-1944; Chief of Staff, 21 Army Group, 1944-1945; retired pay, 1947; died in 1979.

Publications: Operation Victory (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1947); African Assignment (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1953); Generals at War (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1953); From Brass Hat to Bowler Hat: Sir Francis de Guingand (Hamilton, London, 1979);

Custodial history

Presented to the centre by De Guingand in 1972.

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 and detailed catalogue.

Related materials

Section 1/339 of the papers of Capt Sir Basil Liddell Hart consists of correspondence with De Guingand, 1946-1958; newspaper clippings in the Liddell Hart collection on British and Canadian wartime Commanders, including De Guingand are in LH section 15; correspondence between De Guingand and Liddell Hart relating to The Rommel papers, edited by Liddell Hart (Ref:LH 9/24/30); typescript copy of note on pill boxes in France, from Army Council meeting, 20 Nov 1939, by Maj Gen Francis Wilfred De Guingand (Ref: LH 15/4/11); the papers of Gen Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor include a letter from De Guingand discussing the role in the intervention in Greece in World War Two of FM Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (Ref: O'Connor 4/4/6); the papers of FM Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke's, include correspondence with De Guingand, relating to the future organisation of the Control Commission (Ref: Alanbrooke 6/2/38).

Related descriptions


Compiled June 1996

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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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