With over 25 years experience working at the British National Archives and other international archives and libraries, Lee Richards is available to undertake independent research work on your behalf throughout the UK and abroad. Author of two books, producer and editor of the PsyWar.Org website for over 13 years and editor of Falling Leaf, the quarterly journal of the PsyWar Society for over 6 years; Richards has undertaken research work for TV productions, newspapers and magazines, professional & amateur historians, genealogists and those wishing to discover more about their family history.
Lee Richards is able to supply document copying of WWI and WW2 war diaries, war service records, British Government reports and memoranda, family history records, etc. at highly competitive prices. His specialist knowledge covers military history records especially those of the Special Operations Executive and Security Services, First World War and Second World War unit diaries, Royal Air Force Operations Record Books, Prisoner of War records and documents relating to Allied Forces Headquarters in the Mediterranean theatre and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in North-western Europe following D-day. Richards' experience also includes working with Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Colonial Office and War Office records dealing with such subjects as the Malayan Emergency, the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, the Cyprus conflict and the Northern Ireland Troubles.
Frequent visits to the British National Archives (TNA) at Kew, the Imperial War Museum, the British Library and British Newspaper Library means I am generally able to offer a fast service for your research needs. Assistance can also be provided with locating relevant records, processing Freedom of Information requests and visiting other archives and libraries throughout Britain and abroad.
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This week the BBC's flag ship investigative journalism series Panorama broadcast allegations against plain clothes military units operating in Northern Ireland known as "Military Reaction Forces" (MRF). The programme asserts that the MRFs operated outside the British military's rules of engagement and were responsible for the death and wounding of a number of unarmed civilians in West Belfast in 1972. One document from British archives that appears to be referenced in the broadcast is the following Ministry of Defence review of the MRFs. Recognising the valuable contribution plain clothes units could make in countering the troubles in Northern Ireland, especially in regard to intelligence gathering, it is recognised that the units required more specialist training and tighter command and control. The proposed training would by necessity have to come from the Special Air Service. However, it was equally recognised that should the SAS's involvement become public, it would be a gift to propagandists and "might also give rise to genuine concern among the well-intentioned."