Collection METSON - METSON, Dr Gilbert Harold (1907-1981)

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METSON, Dr Gilbert Harold (1907-1981)


  • 1942-1943 (Creation)

Level of description



2 files

Scope and content

Papers relating to the North African landings (Operation TORCH), 1942, principally comprising signalinstructions, intelligence summaries and various maps and diagrams relating to wireless communication in North Africa, Oct 42; official note concerning project for the establishment of signal communications in Bizerta and Tunis (Operation DECIBEL), including maps andappendices on storage dumps and naval requirements, written by Metson as Commander, 11 Unit, Lines of Communications Signals for circulation to Chief Signal Officer and 11 Unit personnel, Apr 1943.

System of arrangement

2 files

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1907; joined Engineering Department of the Post Office, 1925; after a period in the PhysicsLaboratory he was transferred to regional work in Northern Ireland, where he also carried out research on magnetrons at Queen's University, Belfast; served with Royal Corps of Signals in France, 1940; Commander, 11 Unit, Lines of Communication Signals, North Africa, 1942-1943, and Italy, 1943; General Staff Officer Grade 1, War Office, 1944-1945; worked in Post Office Research Department, 1946, in charge of a group studying the causes of electronic valve failure; appointed Director of Research, 1965; died in 1981.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1981.

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 Feb 1997

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


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