Hunt, General Sir Peter M.


1975 TLS as British Chief of the General Staff to the US Army War College Commandant regarding lecturers for the Anglo-American Kermit Roosevelt 1975 Lecture Series


Autograph ID: 6797
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1916-1988) Chief of the General Staff, professional head of the British Army 1973-76. He served in WW II and commanded British Forces deployed in response to the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation. He later advised the British Government during “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1936. In WW II, he was promoted to captain in 1944 and later in 1944 named temporary Lieut. Col. And appointed CO of the Seaforth Highlanders, leading them in NW Europe and receiving the DSO in May 1945. Promoted to Major 1949 and Lieut. Col. 1957, commanding 1st Btn of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Promoted to Col. 1960, he became Commander of the 152nd (Highland) Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff at Scottish Command 1962. Hunt was appointed General Commanding the 17th Gurkha Division and Land Forces Borneo and promoted to Major General 1964 (post re-designated 17th Gurkha Division and Malaya District from Dec. 1965 when the Indonesia-Malaya Confrontation ended). He was named Sandhurst Commandant Jan. 1966 and General Officer Commanding Far East Land Forces as Lieut. General in 1968. In 1969 he became Commander Northern Army Group and C-in-C of the British Army of the Rhine as General Dec. 1970. In 1973, he was appointed ADC to the Queen then appointed Chief of the General Staff July 1973 at a time of continuing tension in Northern Ireland. He retired from the Army in Aug. 1976.

TLS on 11 ¾ x 8 ¼ green Ministry of Defence, Whitehall letterhead while Chief of the General Staff, Whitehall, London, February 6 1975, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, US Army War College. Hunt is interested to see the itinerary for Sir William Jackson’s tour as British nominee for the Kermit Roosevelt Lecture Series, his subject the “Anglo-American View of Defence.” Hunt is looking forward to seeing American nominee General Michael Davidson, an old friend of Hunt’s. Salutation, day and closing all in his hand in green ink.

DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920 -1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. Joined the Army 1942, commissioned 2nd lieutenant, with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. Wounded 3 times, awarded Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged 1946, returned to active duty in Korea and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Maxwell Taylor, served in the “Old Guard” at Fort Myer, a battalion XO and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. Led a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

GENERAL SIR WILLIAM G. F. JACKSON (1917-1999) British Army officer, military historian, author, Governor of Gibraltar 1978-82.

GENERAL MICHAEL S. DAVIDSON (1917-2006) US Army general, C-in-C US Army Europe/Commander, Central Army Group 1971-75.”
Type: Letter

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