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Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

VERNEY, Maj Gen Gerald Lloyd (1900-1957)


Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Verney G L

Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Title: VERNEY, Maj Gen Gerald Lloyd (1900-1957)

Date(s): Created 1945-1957

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Maj Peter V Verney


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1900; educated at Eton and Royal Military College, Camberley; commissioned into Grenadier Guards, 1919; served in Turkey, 1922-1923; ADC to the Governor of South Australia, 1928-1929; Capt, 1929; General Staff Officer, Grade 3, 1935-1938; Maj, 1937; Staff College, Camberley, 1938-1939; transferred to Irish Guards, 1939; served in World War Two, France and Belgium, 1939-1940; Instructor at Staff College, Camberley, 1940; officer commanding 2 Battalion Irish Guards, 1940-1942; commander of 32 Guards Brigade, UK, and Brig, 1942; 6 Guards Tank Brigade, UK and Normandy, France, 1942-1944; Maj Gen and 7 Armoured Division, North West Europe, 1944; 1 Guards Brigade, Italy and Austria, 1944-1945; Military Commander, Vienna, Austria, 1945-1946; commander of 56 (London) Armoured Division (Territorial Army), 1946-1948; retired 1948; published The Desert Rats (Hutchinson, London, 1954); Guards Armoured Division, a short history (Hutchinson, London, 1955); The Devil's Wind, the story of the Naval Brigade at Lucknow (Hutchinson, London, 1956); died in 1957.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to role of 6 Guards Tank Brigade in Operation BLUECOAT, Normandy, Jul 1944; operations of 7 Armoured Division, Aug-Nov 1944, including capture of Ghent; 1 Guards Brigade, Feb 1944-May 1945, including Battle of River Po and situation reports, Northern Italy and Southern Austria; pamphlets, 1943-1946 including 21 Army Group reports; campaign maps, including Turkey, 1922-1923; France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, 1944 and Italy and Austria, 1945; working papers for unpublished typescript 'Airborne Forces'. Notes and draft papers of Maj Peter V Verney for Anzio 1944 An Unexpected Fury (Batsford, 1978) and planned publications on Marlborough's wars and 'The Gaiety and the Glory: the Irishman at War'.


Language/scripts of material: English.

System of arrangement:

Arranged chronologically in sections according to military service. Working papers and drafts for publications are grouped in separate sections, as are the papers of Maj Peter V Verney.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

This summary guide, also available on-line at and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1977 and 1991.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

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Decorations: DSO, MVO

Date(s) of descriptions: Date of compilations: Jun 1996

Armoured forces | Armed forces | State security
Armoured warfare | Warfare | Military engineering
Maps | Visual materials
Operation Bluecoat (1944) | Military operations | Military engineering
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
International relations
Military organizations

Personal names
Verney | Gerald Lloyd | 1900-1957 | Major General
Verney | Peter V | b 1930 | Major

Corporate names
British Army

Austria | Western Europe | Europe
Germany | Western Europe | Europe
Ghent | Belgium | Western Europe | Europe
Netherlands | Western Europe | Europe
Normandy | France | Western Europe | Europe
Po, river | Italy | Western Europe | Europe
Turkey | Middle East
Holland x Netherlands