Catalogue description War Office: Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force: Military Headquarters Papers, Second World War
|Title:||War Office: Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force: Military Headquarters Papers, Second World War|
Papers of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, covering the invasion of Northern Europe (Operation Overlord), 1944 to 1945.
The records in this series, with some exceptions, are microprint copies of the original papers held in Washington. In general the papers are in good order but in some cases the order has been disturbed during filming.
For war diaries for the British units engaged in the operations see WO 171
For Headquarters papers of the British 21st Army Group, which formed the tactical command for the Normandy operations, see WO 205
Mulberry Harbour photographs are in WO 240
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Physical description:||5336 files and volumes|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
From 1973 Ministry of Defence
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The Allied forces under command of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary landed in France in June 1944 to liberate enemy occupied Europe and to conquer Germany. The Headquarters of the British 21st Army Group formed the tactical headquarters for the cross-Channel move and for the land operation immediately following.
In January, 1943, even before the Supreme Allied Commander was appointed, his Chief of Staff organisation was set up to plan the cross-Channel invasion.
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