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Military Papers of Major General Eric Edward Dorman O'Gowan

Date range: 1926-1969.

Papers of Major-General Eric Edward Dorman O’Gowan, formerly Dorman-Smith (1895–1969). 

He briefly served as Chief-of-Staff to Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck in North Africa in the summer of 1942.

He fell out with the military establishment, became disillusioned with Britain and in 1949 adopted the Irish name O'Gowan, later becoming an IRA sympathiser.

The archive contains correspondence relating to the war in the Western Desert, 1940-1942, and to various works published after the war concerning the Desert Campaigns and other aspects of the Second World War; personal memoirs; and correspondence relating to general military thinking, notably on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Many of the documents deal with recurring themes, notably the reputations of Auchinleck, Winston Churchill, Field-Marshal Montgomery and others.

See also the papers of Field-Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.

Location

The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

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