- Photograph album of Sir Oliver Leese, 3rd Baronet, KCB, CBE, DSO - British general and commander of the Eighth Army
- Contains 200 photographs charting the general's career
- Includes many handwritten notations, with many of the photographs dated
Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese (1894-1978) was a British General during World War II, who succeeded Bernard Montgomery as commander of the Eighth Army.
He also served during World War I, commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. Having been wounded three, including during the Somme offensive of 1916 (for which he was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO).
Following the First World War, Leese carved an illustrious career in the army, serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the British Expeditionary Force and training the 29th Infantry Brigade.
As commander of the Eighth Army, he was present as the fourth and final Battle of Monte Cassino. He also commanded the army for Operation Olive on the Gothic Line later in 1944.
This item is a wonderful collection of over 200 black and white photographs mounted into two large albums, covering Leese's life from 1906-1914 and 1927-1938.
The beautiful albums, which contain slight age wear to the spine, contain many early images of Leese with his fellow students alongside trophies for cricket, rugby and football.
Beneath most of the images, which are of varying sizes, are notes annotated by Leese, identifying the dates, occasions and subjects of the photographs. A few pages have been neatly removed from the albums, but otherwise they are in fine condition.
These high-quality photographs provide a wonderful insight into Lee's career prior to World War II.
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