Military tactics discussed in letters to and from military leaders, 1881-1935

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Spenser Wilkinson papers, 1881-1935

Spenser Wilkinson papers, 1881-1935

Either the volunteer force must at once be taken in hand by someone who better understands it than any officer or official now at the war office, or the nation will run the risk of an irretrievable disaster within the next twelve months
Spenser Wilkinson, Mar 1900The War in South Africa and Current Defence Problems; img 69

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The collected papers and correspondence of the military historian and correspondent, Professor Henry Spenser Wilkinson (1853-1937). They include correspondence with Lord Roberts, General Sir lan Hamilton, Prime Minister Asquith, Lord Kitchener and Field Marshal Sir William Robertson on the course of the First World War; articles and lectures on defence problems and the South African, Balkan wars as well as the Great War; discussion and comment on reorganisation of the Board of Admiralty and on the campaigns and theories of Marlborough, Napoleon, Moltke and Bismarck. The material is prefaced by a detailed contents list, in which correspondent and nature of correspondence are indicated. The papers are now held at the National Army Museum, London.

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Military tactics discussed in letters to and from military leaders, 1881-1935...

Containing 6,190 pages belonging to 68 documents housed in 9 volumes...

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Germany from a military perspective 1881-1894

This file predominantly consists of correspondence from 1881 to 1894, the period preceding the Second Boer War, yet with a...

Correspondence upon military matters

These documents contain a clear focus upon military matters; commencing with correspondence from former Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs...

Correspondence from India and Africa

Three core themes emerge from this correspondence the first is of speeches from British office holders in India during the...

World War One and Naval Education

The contents of this file focus upon the progress of World War One and writings on naval education. Commentary upon...

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  • These papers cover both World War One and military tactics. The content on the Great War includes correspondence from Prime Minister Asquith, Lord Kitchener and Field Marshal Sir William Robertson.
  • Content within 'World War One and Naval Education' focusses on reforms to army structures before World War One, letters from officers about the war while it was taking place, and challenges facing the Royal Flying Corps.
  • The 'Correspondence from India and Africa' includes descriptions of India during a year when uprisings were taking place, 1893. Correspondence on Africa focusses on South Africa during the second Boer War.
  • The papers on recent military tactics were written by both English and German authors before World War One. Other notes cover Napoleon's Campaign of 1805, and summarise core 19th Century texts on tactics.
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