War Office: 21 Army Group: Military Headquarters Papers, Second World War
|Title:||War Office: 21 Army Group: Military Headquarters Papers, Second World War|
This series consists of Military Headquarters papers relating to 21 Army Group.
The series contains files of the General Staff dealing with planning and implementation of the invasion of Northern Europe in 1944 (Operation Overlord) and with subsequent activity in enemy occupied territories before the new control authorities assumed responsibility.
Pieces 1 to 19B contain files of senior officers including those of the Commander-in-Chief Home Forces. These papers have been separated from those of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces as they conveniently record in one series the part played by the British Land Forces.
The series is arranged as follows ('G' files are the files of the General Staff):
For Military Headquarters papers of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force covering the invasion of Northern Europe, 1944 to 1945, see WO 219
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Physical description:||1251 files and volumes|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
Ministry of Defence , from 1973
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
21 Army Group was the British operational group under Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). The headquarters was formed on 31 July 1943 at St Paul's School, London. Its purpose was to take over from the Commander-in-Chief Home Forces the responsibility for the detailed planning of the land operation to invade the continent.
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