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WHITE, Maj Gen Percival Napier (1901-1982)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA White P N
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: WHITE, Maj Gen Percival Napier (1901-1982)
Date(s): Created 1953-1955, 1957
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1901; educated at Cathedral School, Worcester and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; 2nd Lt, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regt), 1921; Lt, 1923; Adjutant, Territorial Army, 1928-1932; Capt, 1936; Maj, 1938; Bde Maj, 1938-1940; served in France, 1939-1940, and Middle East, 1941-1945; Lt Col, 1941; Col, 1946; Col, Sherwood Foresters, 1947-1958; Chief of Staff, Northern Command, 1951-1953; Assistant Chief of Staff (Organisation and Training), SHAPE, 1953-1955; Commandant, Joint Services Staff College, 1956-1958; retired, 1958; Controller, Army Benevolent Fund, 1960-1971; died in 1982.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to his work at SHAPE, 1953-1955, dated 1953-1955 and 1957, comprising 'Some brief thoughts on problem of co-ordination of progress in study of the tactical use of the atom bomb', draft text by White, Sep 1953; draft of directive from Supreme Allied Commander Europe to Commanders-in-Chief concerning the future form of land battle in Europe, 1954; typescript notes on 'The philosophy of the future land/air battle' written by White for FM Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and of Hindhead, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Jun 1955; unsigned typescript 'Notes for discussion between Marshal Juin and Field Marshal Montgomery' on 24 Aug 1955, relating to the organisation of NATO land forces; 'Memorandum on the economics of Western defence' by Montgomery, dated 1955; 'Organisation for war in modern times', text of lecture to Royal United Service Institution by Montgomery, 12 Oct 1955; texts of Montgomery's final addresses to staff of SHAPE exercises CPX 5 and CPX 7, mainly concerning international organisation for future war, 1955 and 1957.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 file.

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.

Finding aids:

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by Maj Gen P G Brooking, General Officer Commanding Berlin (British Section) in 1985.

Allied Materials

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 1996

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