Catalogue description War Office: Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and 21 Army Group: Microfilms

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Reference: WO 229
Title: War Office: Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and 21 Army Group: Microfilms

This series contains microfilm copies of documents originating with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and 21 Army Group and relates to a variety of headquarters responsibilities.

Records within this series are available to download as digital microfilm.

Date: 1943-1945

A contents list near the start of each film shows where each item is to be found on the film (image numbers).

Related material:

For records relating to the Air Force component of AFHQ, which were microfilmed under this project, see AIR 51

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Originals held at:

United States Army, Historical Section holds the original papers of Allied Forces Headquarters.

Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

War Office, 1857-1964

Physical description: 101 microform
Access conditions: Available in microform only unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 1999 Ministry of Defence

Selection and destruction information: The microfilm was identified as containing material which had not survived in hard copy when reviewed in 1996.
Accruals: Series is accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

The forces under the command of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) landed in France in June 1944 to liberate enemy occupied Europe and to conquer Germany, although organisation for the invasion began in early 1943. The headquarters of the British 21st Army Group formed the tactical headquarters for the cross channel move and land operations immediately following.

Microfilm was made of the Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) records at the end of the war at the direction of the Combined Chiefs of Staff prior to the distribution of the original records between allied authorities.

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