JOHNSTON, Maj Duncan (1914-1945)

Scope and Content

Papers primarily relating to his service in the Royal Marines during the period 1942-1945, written in [1942], 1945, 1962, 1976 and 1987, principally comprising typescript copy of Johnston's account of Force Viper operations in the Burma Campaign, 1942, written in [1942] and copied in 1987, photocopy of 'The Red Vipers', an article on Force Viper operations in Burma in 1942, by Cecil Hampshire, from The Navy, 1962; photocopy of Johnston's obituary from The Times, 24 Apr 1945.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1914; joined Royal Marines in [1933]; served in Egypt, 1939-1940, UK, 1940, and Middle East, [1941]; Officer Commanding, Force Viper, Burma, 1942; served with Detachment 385, carrying out small boat clandestine operations against the Japanese from a base in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 1944-1945; killed in action, Feb 1945.


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Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Copies made by the Centre in 1987 from originals lent by the family.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at, 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 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.