Collection DOBRSKI - DOBRSKI, Lt Col Count Julian A ([1901]-1968)

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DOBRSKI, Lt Col Count Julian A ([1901]-1968)


  • 1953 (Creation)
  • 1949-1950 (Creation)
  • 1939-1945 (Creation)

Level of description



6 boxes or 0.06 cubic metres

Scope and content

Papers principally relating to operations of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Italy, Greece, the Aegean and the Balkans, 1941-1945, including: SOE training manuals, and various SOE memoranda relating to the 'Rhine mine', poisons, inland waterways, and the 'New Zionists', 1941-1944; memoranda and directives on SOE infiltration of Italy and the recruitment of Italian agents, the production of propaganda for use in Italy, transcripts of subversive propaganda broadcasts to the Italian people via Radio Jerusalem, letters from Stefano Terra, regarding the activities of the anti-fascist group Giustizia e Libertà, 1940-1943; diary of Capt R Guy Turrall during his SOE sabotage mission to Crete, 1941-1942; papers concerning SOE Operations BASILIC and ERRATIC (infiltration of Scarpanto and Rhodes), 1943; papers concerning propaganda operations in conjunction with the Political Warfare Executive, particularly Operations KREIPE and KRIMSCHILD, May 1944, to demoralize German troops on Crete; reports, 1943-1945, relating to SOE activities on Crete, including reports on the kidnapping by SOE of German Maj Gen Heinrich Kreipe; appreciations of SOE activities in Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Rumania, 1943; correspondence of Headquarters Force 133 (SOE Cairo, Egypt) in regard to promotion, welfare, training, transfers and postings of personnel, including confidential reports on individual staff, 1944-1945; diary of Maj John Mulgan, British Liaison Officer in Greece, 1944; correspondence relating to the winding up of SOE organisation in Greece, 1944-1945; various other papers, comprising correspondence with Anne René Pleven, 1939-1941, on the German bombing of London and the reaction of the French people to German occupation and the Vichy government; report on René Pleven, French Minister of Defence, concerning Pleven's attitude to the French political situation, policy towards Indo-China and the French High Command, 1949; papers relating to the reorganisation of Lyons Silks Ltd, French Silhouettes and Arnold Securities, 1949-1950; newspaper article on German penetration of the SOE network in the Netherlands, 1942-1944, dated 1953.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following sections: training and instruction of SOE personnel and various SOE memoranda, 1940-1944; SOE operations in Italy, 1940-1943; SOE operations in Greece, the Aegean and the Balkans, and correspondence of Headquarters, Force 133, 1941-1946; various papers of Dobrski, 1939-1953.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born Giulio Orazio Mario Dobrski (also known as Giulio Giuliano Augusto Dobrski) in Italy, 1901; educated in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland; BSc, University of Lyons, France; naturalised British citizen, Aug 1939; served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE), 1940-1945, mainly based at Headquarters of Force 133 at Cairo, Egypt, during World War Two, under the name of Maj and later Lt Col Julian Antony Dolbey; worked for Lyons Silks Ltd, French Silhouettes and Arnold Securities, all associated companies of the French textile group Maison J Bourdelin, died in 1968.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1989, 1995 and 2000, via the 2nd Earl Jellicoe.

Conditions governing access

Some material is CLOSED but most of the collection is 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
  • French
  • Greek
  • Italian

Script of material

Language and script notes

Mainly English, some French, Greek and Italian.

Finding aids

This collection level description and detailed catalogue.

Related materials

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives holds several collections relating to SOE operations in Greece and the Balkans, most notably the papers of Capt Patrick Hutchinson Evans (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Evans); Brig Edmund Charles Wolf Myers (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Myers); Maj Philip Frederick Nind (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Nind); Maj Ronald R Prentice and Capt H Arthur Wickstead (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Prentice); and Col (Hon) Christopher Montague Woodhouse (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Woodhouse).

The National Archives, Kew, holds a substantial collection of material relating to SOE operations, most notably Political Warfare Executive correspondence (Ref: FO 898/25-28); papers relating to SOE activities, Middle East, Cairo, 1940-42 (Ref: FO 898/113-114); Quarterly Reports of SOE, Oct 1943-Dec 1945 (Ref: PREM 3/408/1); Confidential Papers of Col William J Donovan, 1940-41 (Ref: PREM 4/25/5); SOE: Balkan Files (Ref: HS 5); SOE Headquarters section histories and war diaries, and files relating to SOE organisations and operations in Europe, the Far East, North and South America (HS 7).

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Compiled Nov 1999, revised Jul 2000

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


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