BROAD, Lt gen Sir Charles (Noel Frank) (1882-1976)

Scope and Content

Correspondence, dated 1968, 1970, 1974, principally comprising letters relating to his career, 1914-1942, the destruction of his military papers in 1942; a letter concerning the relationship between the retention of horsed cavalry and the quality and rate of development of armoured forces in the UK during the period 1914-1940, written in 1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1882; educated at Wellington College and Pembroke College, Cambridge; served in South Africa, 1902; 2nd Lt, Royal Field Artillery, 1905; Lt, 1908; Capt, 1914; Assistant Embarkation Staff Officer, Southampton, Aug-Sep 1914; Staff Capt and later Bde Maj, Royal Artillery Home Forces and France, 1915; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (Staff Officer to General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Royal Artillery), France, 1915-1916; Maj, 1916; joined Royal Tank Corps, 1916; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (Staff Officer to Maj Gen, Royal Artillery), France, 1916-1917; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Royal Artillery, France, 1917-1919; Brevet Lt Col, 1919; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Staff College, 1919-1921; Col, 1923; General Staff Officer Grade 2, Eastern Command, 1923-1924; Instructor, Tank Gunnery School, 1924-1925; Chief Instructor, Royal Tank Corps HQ Central School, 1925-1927; General Staff Officer Grade 1, War Office, 1927-1931; employed with Royal Army Tank Corps Training Formations, 1931; Brig, General Staff, Aldershot Command, 1931-1934; Brig Commander, India, 1935-1937; Maj Gen, 1936; Col Commandant Royal Tank Regt, 1939-1949; Lt Gen, 1940; Maj Gen in charge of Administration, Aldershot Command, 1937-1939; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Aldershot Command, 1939-1940; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Army, India, 1940-1942; retired, 1942; died in 1976.


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by Broad in 1968 and 1974, and by the Secretary of the Institute of Historical Research in 1970.

Other Finding Aids

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

Separated Material

Royal Armoured Corps and Royal Tank Regiment Museum holds a small collection of additional papers, notably including drafts of training manuals.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Related Material

Liddell Hart papers include correspondence, 1928-1966 (Ref: LH 1/108).