Catalogue description Reports of the Army Personnel Research Establishment

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Details of WO 404
Reference: WO 404
Title: Reports of the Army Personnel Research Establishment
Description:

This series contains reports of the Army Personnel Research Establishment

Date: 1965-1994
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 128 volume(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Ministry of Defence , from 2003

Accruals: Series is accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Army Personnel Research Establishment (APRE) formed in April 1965 to carry out research into aspects of warfare as they apply to the creating and maintaining of an efficient fighting soldier. The Establishment's origins were the physiologists and psychologists in the Clothing and Equipment Physiological Research Establishment (CEPRE) [WO 352], the Military Operational Research Unit (MORU) and the Human Factors Division of the Army Operational Research Group (AORG) [both WO 291].

APRE was sited at Farnborough and was responsible to Chief Scientist (Army) through the Director of Army Operational Science and Research. Its work included research into the ergonomics of weapons, environmental effects on humans, nutrition, clothing, personnel selection including studies of recruitment, re-engagement and wastage and training techniques. APRE also co-operated with other Army branches on specific topics, often overseas.

The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) was formed in 1995 and APRE absorbed into DERA's Centre for Human Sciences.

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