MC:P2/4/2MS Notes on the SOE and SFC after 1945
MC:P2/4/2MS/1 Jun 1957 & Feb–Apr 1970
Folder of papers relating to Dodds-Parker’s links with the Special Forces Club, and various SOE-related events. Subjects include the inauguration of a commemorative plaque in Dorset Square in honour of the Free French Forces in 1957 and arrangements for a reception at Lancaster House for Resistance and Intelligence Workers in 1970 for the 25th anniversary of VE Day. Correspondents include Colin Gubbins and George Thomson [18 items].
MC:P2/4/2MS/2 Sep 1974–May 1975
Papers on the future of the Special Forces Club, including reports of a questionnaire submitted to its members [6 items].
MC:P2/4/2MS/3 28 Mar 1979
Text of an address given by Dodds-Parker at the memorial service of Sir James Hutchison (a former SOE colleague).
MC:P2/4/2MS/4 n.d. (c.1980?)
Notes (by Dodds-Parker?) on the wreck of a Warwick aircraft which crashed off Newquay c.1944, with a list of possible passengers.
MC:P2/4/2MS/5 Jul 1987
Notes by Dodds-Parker on the assassination of Admiral Darlan, and on SOE operations in Italy, Poland, the Balkans and Greece [3 pages].
MC:P2/4/2MS/6 Aug 1988
2 drafts, with comments by Sir Brooks Richards, of an article by Dodds-Parker reviewing William J. Casey’s Secret War.
Note of the broadcast dates of the series For Valour; one of them, on 14 May 1995, included an interview with Dodds-Parker.
MC:P2/4/2MS/8 Sep 1996–Jul 1997
Folder of papers relating to Douglas and Aileen Dodds-Parker’s visit to Caen in June 1997 to a ceremony organised by Amicale Action to commemorate Resistance activities in Normandy. The papers include two issues of Gens de la Lune, and a cutting from a local newspaper recording the event, with a photograph which includes Dodds-Parker. There are also letters more generally concerned with SOE-related activities in France, and a map showing the positions of parachutists dropped in 1942/3 in the Sologne area [22 items].
See too MC:P2/4/2P/28–46.
MC:P2/4/2MS/9 Apr 1998
Papers relating to a conference, “The British Commonwealth and the Allied War Effort 1939–45″, held at St. Antony’s College Oxford on 6–8 April 1998, and attend by Dodds-Parker and ADP. They include a list of participants, and texts of papers given by Christopher Waters, Ian McGibbon, Fitzroy AndrÉ Baptiste, William Nassen, J. A. Mizzi, S. L. Menezes, W. David McIntyre, T. R. Sareen, Louis Grundlingh, Carl Bridge, U. P. Thapliyal, Christina Goulter, Mark Seaman, M. R. D. Foot, and Jeffrey Grey, as well as the text of an earlier lecture by David Dilks [20 items].
MC:P2/4/2MS/10 Nov 1999 & Aug 2000
Copies of two lectures by David Dilks, ‘“The Solitary Pilgrimage”; Churchill and the Russians, 1951–5′, and ‘The Bitter Fruit of Victory: Churchill and an Unthinkable Operation, 1945′.
MC:P2/4/2MS/11 Jul 2001
Copy of some wartime memoirs by Rear Admiral Michael Kyrle Pope, with some comments by Dodds-Parker.
MC:P2/4/2MS/12 May 2001
List of corrections and comments made by Dodds-Parker on W. J. M. Mackenzie’s Secret History of SOE. This book was written in the late 1940s as an internal history, but only published in 2001. Dodds-Parker was not impressed by the work, as a whole.
MC:P2/4/2MS/13 Sep 1986 & Sep–Oct 2002
Bundle of papers including the text of an address delivered by Luigi Sartori on the role of CIOR, and correspondence about the Second World War. [9 items]
MC:P2/4/2MS/14 c. 1987
Draft MS in Dodds-Parker’s handwriting titled “Admiral Darlan”.
MC:P2/4/2MS/15 c. 1993–5
Detailed notes by Dodds-Parker on SOE operations in Italy in 1943/4. [5 items].
MC:P2/4/2MS/16 n.d. (1990s?)
Incomplete memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “SOE Management, 1943/4, in the Mediterranean” [2 sheets].
MC:P2/4/2MS/17 12 Sep 1995
Two annotated copies of a draft memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “Need to define the place of Special Operations in the 21st Century” [2 sheets].
Memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “1946/8. Resurrection of Special Operations”, which gives details of Dodds-Parker’s involvement in this work [2 sheets].
MC:P2/4/2MS/19 Oct 1995
Letter by Dodds-Parker on “Operation Whisky”.
MC:P2/4/2MS/20 Oct 1996–Dec 1997
Papers on Yugoslavia in the Second World War, including an article (annotated by Dodds-Parker) on this by Michael McConville in the RUSI Journal for December 1997 [2 items].
MC:P2/4/2MS/21 Jan 1997
Two annotated copies, with some MS notes, of a memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “Summary of some Paramilitary Groups, between the SOE (clandestine) and the Regular Forces” [1 sheet].
MC:P2/4/2MS/22 Jan 1997
Memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “Notes on experience of some Special Operations Organisations 1933/1943″ [3 sheets].
MC:P2/4/2MS/23 n.d. (1997?)
Memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “Communism in the UK post WWII 1945/51″, reflecting on his dealings with Burgess, Maclean, and Philby [1 sheet]. Pinned to it by Dodds-Parker himself are two notes on the Special Forces Club.
MC:P2/4/2MS/24 n.d. (1997?)
Memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “The Difficulties of SOE with SIS (and Communism)” [2 sheets].
MC:P2/4/2MS/25 n.d. (1997?)
Memorandum by Dodds-Parker titled “Contributions”, an autobiographical note about the Magdalen College Boat Club, the restoration of the Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia, and the creation and development of the Air/Sea Transport Section of SOE in 1941/2 [2 sheets].
Various notes made by Dodds-Parker on the early history of the Special Forces Club [8 items].
NOTE: This file is closed during the lifetimes of the people mentioned therein.
MC:P2/4/2MS/27 17 Nov 2003
Note by Dodds-Parker on Old Wykhamists who became members of SOE.
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