Collection WINTRINGHAM - WINTRINGHAM, Capt Thomas Henry (1898-1949)

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WINTRINGHAM, Capt Thomas Henry (1898-1949)


  • 1891-1982 (Creation)

Level of description



23 boxes or 0.23 metres cubed

Scope and content

Papers of Tom Wintringham and his second wife Katherine 'Kitty' Wintringham ( née Bowler), 1891-1982. Papers of Tom Wintringham relating to the Home Guard include correspondence, articles, radio broadcasts, press cuttings, photograph, report, lecture transcripts and training exercises. Papers relating to the Common Wealth Party including correspondence, photographs, minutes, publications, papers on Common Wealth Party policy, formation, resignations, libel charges, election campaigns and conferences. Other papers relating to Tom Wintringham including papers from his time at Balliol College, Oxford, 1918-1920; Wintringham's visit to Moscow, 1920; various inventions by Wintringham, 1929-1949; the Communist Party, 1933-1944; British economic crisis, 1947, and obituaries and biographical articles. Wintringham's correspondence includes his school days, First World War, prison, Spanish Civil War, Home Guard, Common Wealth Party and general personal and professional correspondence; Kitty's correspondence includes Spanish Civil War, the Common Wealth Party and general personal and professional correspondence. Photographs notably cover the Spanish Civil War, Home Guard, Common Wealth Party, Tom and Kitty Wintringham, their children, friends and family. Writings by Wintringham include draft and published articles (chiefly for the Picture Post , the Tribune , the Daily Herald and the Daily Mirror ), drafts of published and unpublished books, scripts, reviews, notes, short stories and essays. Draft articles by Kitty. Poems by Wintringham and others on topics including World War One and the Spanish Civil War, 1910-1950 and printed material, 1923-1950.

System of arrangement

Papers are arranged in sections as follows: Spanish Civil War, Home Guard, Common Wealth Party, other papers relating to Tom Wintringham (excluding Spanish Civil War, Home Guard and Common Wealth Party), books by Wintringham, articles and other writings by Wintringham, articles by Kitty Wintringham, Wintringham's correspondence, Kitty Wintringham's correspondence, photographs, poems and printed material. Photographs and correspondence for the Spanish Civil War, the Home Guard and the Common Wealth Party have not been placed in 'Photographs' and 'Correspondence' but have remained in their respective sections.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 15 May 1898 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Educated at Gresham's School, Holt, 1910-1916. Served in the World War One as a mechanic and motorcycle dispatch rider, Royal Flying Corps, Jun 1916-[Feb] 1919; Balliol College, Oxford, 1918-1920; visited Moscow, 1920; joined Communist Party Great Britain (CPGB), Feb 1923; assistant editor of Workers Weekly , 1923-1925. Married Elizabeth Emma Arkwright, 31 Aug 1923; imprisoned for sedition, Nov 1925-Apr 1926; editor of _Workers' Life, _May 1926-Jan 1930; editor of Daily Worker , Jan 1930-[1936]; founder editor of the Left Review , 1936; military correspondent of the Daily Worker , 1936. Joined the British Bn, International Bde, fighting with Republican forces, Spanish Civil War, Aug 1936-Aug 1937; machine-gun instructor for 11 Bn and 12 Bn, Nov 1936; commanded British Bn, 15 International Bde, 1937; wounded, Feb 1937; instructor at Officer's Training School, Albacete, Jun 1937; rejoined 15 Bde as a staff officer; wounded in Aragon, 25 Aug 1937; returned to England, Nov 1937. Expelled from the Communist Party, Jul 1938; divorced Elizabeth, Feb 1940; married Katherine 'Kitty' Wise Bowler, 25 Jan 1941; set up the Osterley Park Training School to provide instruction to the Home Guard, Jun 1940-[Jun] 1941; co-founder of the Common Wealth Party, July 1942; unsuccessfully ran in the 1943 by-election as Common Wealth Party candidate for North-Midlothian; unsuccessfully ran in the 1945 General Election as Common Wealth Party candidate for Aldershot. Died 16 Aug 1949.


  • The Coming World War (Wishart Books, London, 1935), revised edition (Lawrence and Wishart, 1936).
  • Mutiny. Being a survey of mutinies from Spartacus to Invergordon (Stanley Nott, London, 1936).
  • How to Reform the Army (Fact, London, 1939).
  • English Captain. Reminiscences of service in the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (Faber & Faber, London, 1939), second edition (Penguin, 1941).
  • Armies of Freemen (G Routledge & Sons, London, 1940).
  • New Ways of War (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth and New York, 1940).
  • Deadlock war (Faber & Faber, London, 1940).
  • Blitzkrieg by Ferdinand Otto Miksche, translated and with introduction by Tom Wintringham (Faber & Faber, London, 1941).
  • The Politics of Victory (G Routledge & Sons, London, 1941).
  • Freedom is our weapon. A policy for army reform (Kegan Paul & Co, London, 1941).
  • Guerrilla Warfare by Albert Yank Levy, ghosted and with an introduction by Tom Wintringham (Penguin, 1941).
  • Peoples' War (Penguin, Harmondsworth and New York, 1942).
  • Weapons and Tactics (Faber & Faber, London, 1943), reprinted with Col John Nicholas Blashford-Snell, (Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1973).
  • We're going on!: the collected poems of Tom Wintringham, edited by Hugh Purcell (Smokestack, Middlesbrough, 2006).

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the Wintringham family in 1998, second accession 2004.

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

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, with a small number of items in Spanish, German, French, Russian and Arabic.

Finding aids

This collection level description and detailed catalogue.

Related materials

Collections also relating to the Spanish Civil War located in the Liddell Hart Centre include parts of the Bryant and Liddell Hart papers.

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives holds the following archives relating to Tom Wintringham: correspondence between Capt Tom Wintringham and Sir Basil Liddell Hart, 1938-1943 (LIDDELL: 1/758 and 9/22/7); article 'The War Office' by Wintringham in The Political Quarterly, Jun 1942 (LIDDELL: 13/17); Review by Liddell Hart of Deadlock war (Faber and Faber, London, 1940) by Wintringham, in _The Listener, _2 Apr 1940 (LIDDELL: 10/1940/14) and papers of Lt Col Ferdinand Otto Miksche, (MIKSCHE) with whom Wintringham wrote Blitzkrieg , including correspondence with Wintringham. The centre also holds the following publications by Wintringham in the Liddell Hart Library: The Coming World War ; English Captain ; Weapons and Tactics ; Freedom is our Weapon ; New Ways of War ; Deadlock War ; Blitzkrieg , and How to Reform the Army .

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


Archivist's note

Sources: Who was who.

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell; revised by Sarah Drewery.

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