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SIMPKIN, Brig Richard Evelyn (1921-1986)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Simpkin
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: SIMPKIN, Brig Richard Evelyn (1921-1986)
Date(s): Created 1984, 1986-1987
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1921; educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge; joined Royal Tank Regt, 1940; served in Western Desert, 1941-1942; wounded and taken prisoner at Tobruk, 1942; escaped to Italy, but recaptured and confined to POW camp in Germany; worked on industrial, technical and economic intelligence in Germany, 1946-1948; graduated from Staff College, 1951, and from Royal Military College of Science, 1953; served on directing staff of Staff College and Royal Military College of Science, 1957-1959; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Equipment Branch, Royal Armoured Corps Directorate, 1960-1963; Officer Commanding 1 Royal Tank Regt, 1963; Military Director of Studies (Weapons and Vehicles), Royal Military College of Science; Brig, 1968; Director, Operational Requirements 3 (Army), Ministry of Defence, 1968-1971; retired from Army, 1971, and developed career as language consultant and translator; publication of Tank warfare, an analysis of Soviet and NATO tank philosophy (Brassey's defence, London, 1979), Mechanised infantry (Brassey's, Oxford, 1980), Anti-tank, an air mechanised response to armoured threats in the Nineties (1982), Human factors in mechanised warfare (1983), Red armour, an examination of Soviet mobile force concept (Brassey's, Oxford, 1984); Race to the swift, thoughts on twenty-first century warfare (Brassey's Defence, London, 1985) and Deep battle, the brain child of Marshall Tukhachevskii (with John Erickson) (Brassey's Defence, London, 1987); died in 1986.


Scope and content/abstract:

Curriculum vitae covering the period 1940-1984, dated 1984. Order of service of thanksgiving, texts of memorial addresses and letters of condolence to his widow, 1986-1987.

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 provided 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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1988.

Allied Materials

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 1997

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