MCLEOD, Gen Sir Roderick William (1905-1980)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to operations of the Special Air Service (SAS) in France during World War Two and to its formation, 1944-1948; papers relating to the future role of the SAS following operations in Northern Europe, World War Two, 1945-1958; papers relating to lectures given by McLeod on the SAS, 1944-1962; maps and diagram relating to SAS operations in France, 1944.

Administrative / Biographical History

Educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1925; service in Khajuri Plains operations, North West Frontier, India, 1930-1932; E Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, India, 1932; Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1938; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 4 Infantry Div and War Office; Commanding Officer 1 Air Landing Light Regt, Royal Artillery, North Africa and Sicily, 1943; Deputy Commanding Officer, 1 Parachute Bde, 1943; Commanding Officer Special Air Service (SAS) Bde, 1944-1945; Director of Military Operations in India, 1945-1947; Imperial Defence College, 1947; Assistant Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, 1948-1949; Commanding Officer, Royal Artillery, 7 Armoured Div, British Army of the Rhine, 1950; Director of Military Operations, War Office, 1951-1954; General Officer Commanding 6 Armoured Div, 1955-1956; Chief Army Instructor, Imperial Defence College, 1957; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Ministry of Defence, 1957-1960; General Officer Commanding, British Forces, Hong Kong, 1961-1962; General Officer Commanding, Eastern Command, 1963-1965.


Arranged chronologically into discrete sections as above.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by Gen Sir Roderick McLeod in 1979.

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.