Legacies of War

The Liddle Collection

Cards showing women doing war work

The Liddle Collection, awarded Designation status, documents and preserves first-hand accounts of individuals who experienced the two World Wars.  It was started privately in the early 1970s by the military historian Dr Peter Liddle and was established as part of Leeds University Special Collections in 1988.

It includes the personal papers of well over 4,000 people who lived through the First World War and over 500 who experienced the Second World War.  It holds photographs and drawings, official and unofficial papers, manuscript diaries and correspondence.

The collection contains the papers of men and women directly affected by war, both those who were members of the armed forces and those who were not, and of British and non-British individuals alike.

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‘Adolphus’, a toy dog given to Major Maurice Le Blanc Smith by a French girl & used as a mascot in his flying missions in France; an abandoned French school exercise book found by a British soldier. Liddle Collection

‘Adolphus’, a toy dog given to Major Maurice Le Blanc Smith by a French girl & used as a mascot in his flying missions; an abandoned French school exercise book found by a British soldier. Liddle Collection

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