The Ronnie Shephard Fonds

Ronnie Shephard (third from right) and colleagues at RAC in 1966. (The RAConteur Vol. II No. II, June 1 1966) Photo courtesy Ian Miller.

Ronnie Shephard (third from left) and colleagues at RAC in 1966. (The RAConteur Vol. II No. II, June 1 1966) Photo courtesy Gene Visco.

Biographical and Administrative History

Ronnie Shephard was a professor in the United Kingdom who had joined the Army Operational Research Group (AORG) in 1942. Over the next few decades Shephard amassed a large collection of documents relating to military operational research, primarily of post-1945 conflicts. At one time, Shephard held the Chair of Operational Research at the UK’s Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham. In 1984, he founded The International Symposium On Military Operational Research (ISMOR), which hosts an annual academic conference on the topic. The Ronnie Shephard Fonds came to LCMSDS through Professor Terry Copp in the late 1990’s following a period of research conducted by Copp in the UK on tactical air power. During this time, Professor Copp came into contact with Professor Shephard as he possessed documents which were not available at the Public Records Office (PRO). An acquisition was eventually made of Shephard’s work and the fonds has been held at LCMSDS since this time.

Date(s) of Creation

ca. 1939-1995.

Physical Description

ca. 9.16 m of textual records.

Scope and Content

Fonds contains material relating to operational military research from the second half of the 20th century. The documents are multi-disciplinary in nature, providing scientific, mathematical and historical perspectives of the same topic. Many documents originally come from the Public Records Office UK (PRO), now known as The National Archives (TNA). In such cases, original archival references will be provided, and potential researchers are encouraged to cite these whenever possible. For the complete finding aid for the Shephard Fond, click the Archeion logo.

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Digitized Fonds Series

Series 1: Operational Research and Strategic Bombing

Digitized Fonds Items

Item 1: Montgomery’s Scientists, Operational Research in Northwest Europe
Item 2: Ronnie Shephard’s Bibliography
Item 3: Normandy Invasion Special Observer Report – Beach Party
Item 4: Use of Infantry Weapons and Equipment in Korean / Operations Research Office
Item 5: Decoding Flying Neurosis In The Mediterranean [abridged title]
Item 6: Tank Battle Analysis
Item 7: A Survey of Tank Warfare in Europe from D-Day to 12th August 1944


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