Date Published: 1936 to 1970
Binding: No binding
Born in Brooklyn, New York, George Fielding Eliot (1894-1971) was an author of historical naval fiction, a commentator, and military analyst. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Australian army in World War I. He became a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and later a Major in the Military Intelligence Reserve of the United States Army. He was the author of 15 books on military and political matters in the 1930s through the 1960s, wrote a syndicated column on military affairs, and was the military analyst on radio and on television for CBS News during World War II. From the outbreak of the war in 1939 until 1947, his column on military affairs appeared daily in The Herald Tribune and 34 other papers, and was said to have had five million readers. Major George Fielding Eliot was one of several prolific war fiction writers for the pulps. Eliot resided in New York City during much of his writing and broadcasting career.
The archives collection contain approximately 170 items dating from 1936 to 1970, specifically, 2 passports (1936-40; 1946-50) and approximately 165 letters and replies with many news clippings, articles, and other enclosures on political and military issues from the onset of WWII to the Vietnam War.
Correspondents include General Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay of Wormington (Winston Churchill’s chief military assistant during WWII), Nora Mitford (reporting the death in combat of her husband Rupert Bertram Freeman-Mitford on 9 September 1939), Vice Admiral Forrest Sherman of the US Navy, Air Chief Marshal Sir John C. Slessor, Brigadier General Robert H. Harper, Major General E.E. MacMorland, Vice Admiral G.R. Brown, Rear Admiral H.A. Yeager, and many other high-ranking military officers and colleagues. Typical of Eliot’s correspondence is a letter that he wrote to Vice Admiral Charles Admiral Wellborn, Jr. on 15 January 1964: “Lyndon Johnson, whom I’ve known since he was a member of the House, is a political animal... I don’t mean to be critical of the President, indeed I admire him and expect to vote for him. We need his type of operating politician in the White House, provided the integrity and clear-mindedness are there: in his case they are. I think he is going to work more closely with the Joint Chiefs than has any other President since 1947, a fact which will have a certain amount of shall we say, administrative fall-out. But you will be hearing about all that at close range now that you’re in Washington
Collection on consignment with LDRB