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BERGER, Colonel Oliver Charles (1913-1998)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Berger
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: BERGER, Colonel Oliver Charles (1913-1998)
Date(s): 1934-1983
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes or 0.06m3 and one file
Name of creator(s): Berger | Oliver Charles | 1913-1998 | Colonel


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1913; Lt, Royal Scots Greys, 1939; service in Middle East and Italy, World War Two; in charge of Directorate for re-education and repatriation of German POWs, under Foreign Office Political Intelligence Department, 1946; Capt, A Sqn, Royal Scots Greys, Germany, 1948; service with Army, Navy and Air Force Intelligence Centre, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, 1950-1952; Military Attache, British Embassy, Rangoon, Burma, 1954-1957; retired from Army, 1960; service in Joint Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Defence, 1964-1971; Director of Overseas Defence Relations, Ministry of Defence, 1971-1980; retired, 1980.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, of Col Oliver Charles Berger, 1934-1983, comprising:
Papers relating to Berger's education and early career, including: notes and essays on the history of political thought, 1934; Wilton Park Training Centre lecture notes and leaflets for German POWs 1946; correspondence relating to Berger's appointments and awards, 1946-1958; standing orders, memoranda and notes relating to A Sqn, Royal Scots Greys, Lopshorn Training Camp, Germany, Jul-Aug 1948; annual confidential reports on Berger, 1951-1953 and 1955-1957.
Papers relating to diplomatic service and international relations, 1954-1980, including: reports, correspondence, guest lists and notes relating to Berger's service as Military Attache, British Embassy, Rangoon, Burma, 1954-1957, with notes on visits to London by senior Burmese military personnel, 1956. General background information, 1956-1983, including: US government publication, `Mutual inspection for peace', [1956], relating to the role of aerial reconnaissance and photographic interpretation in US-USSR mutual inspection and peace-keeping; press cuttings, 1961-1980, chiefly relating to the Middle East, Africa, USSR, South East Asia and British nuclear policy; speeches made by Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1970-1971.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The files are arranged broadly chronologically, as described in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Some material is closed, pending review in 2010. Other material is open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of a letter of introduction.

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 Archives and Corporate Records Services.

Finding aids:

Collection level description

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by the family in 2000

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Kate O'Brien, Oct 2003.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2003

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