Chichester, Cdr Michael Guy, RN (b 1917)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Publications, mostly official, relating to UK defence policy, notably, defence expenditure, and equipment procurement, 1960-1990, including ninety-seven editions of House of Commons Official Report. Parliamentary debates (Hansard) (HMSO, London, 1964-1990) and thirteen editions of House of Lords Official Report. Parliamentary debates (Hansard) (HMSO, London, 1975-1990); fifty, mainly UK and USA official printed reports, 1960-1989, including Navy estimates, 1960-1963, Statement on the Defence Estimates (HMSO, London, 1966-1973, 1975-1981, 1988-1989); reports from the House of Commons Defence Committee, 1981-1989; reports relating to specific issues, notably strategic nuclear deterrence, 1973-1982, and the Falklands conflict, 1982-1987. Newspaper cuttings, 1968-1992, mostly relating to Malta, 1968-1972; Soviet seapower in the Mediterranean, 1969-1972; International naval affairs, 1970-1971; South Africa, 1970-1971; the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988; the Falklands conflict, 1982; US intervention in Grenada, 1983; Soviet defence policy, 1984-1988; NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), 1984-1990; UK, US and European defence policy, 1984-1992; the US bombing raid on Libya, 1986; the Gulf War, 1991.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1917; educated at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon; served with Royal Navy, 1936-1961; commissioned Midshipman, 1936; service on HMS LONDON, 1 Cruiser Sqn, Mediterranean Fleet, 1936-1938; acting Sub Lt, 1938; Promotion Course, Portsmouth, 1938; Sub Lt, 1938; served on HMS IMOGEN, 3 Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet, 1939; service in World War Two with the Home Fleet and the Western Approaches Command, 1939-1945; qualified as signal communications specialist, 1942; service on HMS OFFA, Battle of the Atlantic, 1942-1943; served on HMS BELFAST, 1943-1945; sinking of the German battlecruiser SCHARNHORST, Battle of North Cape, 1943; shore bombardment of Normandy coast, France, for D Day, Operation NEPTUNE, Jun 1944; Lt Cdr, 1944; served on HMS UKUSSA, Royal Naval Air Station, Katukurunda, Ceylon, 1946-1947; Signal Division, Admiralty, 1947-1949; Cdr, 1951; posted to HMS PRESIDE;, 1952-1954; commanded HMS CONTEST, 1955-1956; Joint Tactical School, Malta, 1957; HMS PHOENICIA, 1958-1960; served as Sea Cadet Corps Officer, 1961, retired 1961; Defence Correspondent for the Statist, 1962-1967; regular contributor of articles to Navy magazine, 1962-1977, member of the Bow Group Standing Committee on Defence, 1982. Publications: Co-authored with John Arbuthnot Ducane Wilkinson, MP, The uncertain ally. British Defence Policy, 1960-1990 (Gower, Aldershot, 1982); British Defence, a blueprint for reform (Brassey's, London, 1987).

Arrangement

The arrangement of the collection is broadly chronological.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by Chichester in 1993.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/archives/cats/, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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.