Collection KIRBY - KIRBY, Maj Gen Stanley Woodburn (1895-1968)

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KIRBY, Maj Gen Stanley Woodburn (1895-1968)


  • 1945-1963 (Creation)

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1 file

Scope and content

Papers, dated 1945-1963, relating to the attempt to remove Lt Gen Sir William Joseph Slim from command of 14 Army, Burma, May 1945, including typescript background notes; typescript copies of telegrams between Lt Gen Sir Oliver William Hargreaves Leese, 3rd Bt, Commander-in-Chief, Allied Land Forces South East Asia, FM Sir Alan Francis Brooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and acting Adm Lord Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, May-Jun 1945; typescript extract of unpublished chapter of Defeat into victory (Cassell, London, 1956) by Slim; letters from Gen Sir (Alexander Frank) Philip Christison, 4th Bt, (former General Officer Commanding 15 Indian Corps, Burma), FM Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck (former Commander-in-Chief, India), ACM Sir (William) Alec Coryton (former Air Commander, 3 Tactical Air Force, Burma), Maj Gen George Peregrine Walsh (former Chief of Staff, Allied Land Forces, South East Asia), Lt Gen Sir Frederick Arthur Montague Browning (former Chief of Staff, South East Asia Command), Leese and Mountbatten, 1960-1963.

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1 file

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1895; educated at Charterhouse; commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers, 1914; served in World War One, in France and Macedonia, 1914-1918; Lt, 1915; Capt, 1917; Assistant Instructor, Survey School of Military Engineering, 1920-1923; service in Singapore, 1923-1926; awarded OBE, 1927; Specially Employed, War Office, 1927-1928; Maj, 1929; graduated fromStaff College, Camberley, 1930; General Staff Officer 3, War Office, 1931-1932; General Staff Officer 2, War Office, 1933-1935; Brevet Lt Col, 1934; Imperial Defence College, 1936; Col, 1936; Assistant Master General of the Ordnance, 1937-1940; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; temporary Brig, 1939-1941; awarded CIE, 1940; Deputy Master General of the Ordnance, General Headquarters, India,1940-1941; Maj Gen, 1941; Director of Staff Duties, India, 1941-1942; Deputy Chief of the General Staff, India, 1942-1943; awarded CB, 1943; Director of Civil Affairs, War Office, 1943-1944; Deputy Chief of Staff, Control Commission for Germany, 1945; official historian of the war against Japan; retired, 1947; awarded CMG, 1947; died 1968. Publications: Five tactical schemes. With solutions. Suitable for preparation for promotion and Staff College entrance examinations (Clowes, London, 1931); Administrative schemes. With solutions. Suitable for preparation for promotion and Staff College entrance examinations, and for practice in applying administrative principles (Clowes, London, 1932); with others, The War against Japan. History of the Second World War. United Kingdom Military Series, Vols I-IV (HMSO, London, 1957-1969); Singapore, the chain of disaster (Cassell, London, 1971).

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by Kirby in 1967.

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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This collection level description.

Related materials

The papers of AF Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, held at Southampton University Library, include correspondence with Kirby relating to The War against Japan (HMSO, London, 1957-1969), 1959-1964 (Ref: MB1/J256-259). The papers of Lt Gen Noel Mackintosh Stuart Irwin, Imperial War Museum, London, include correspondence with Kirby, 1955-1956; the papers of Lt Gen Sir Francis Ivan Simms Tuker, also at the Imperial War Museum, include correspondence, dated 1964-1965, relating to the fall of Singapore in 1942 (Ref: 71/21/7/4).

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Compiled Sep 1998

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


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