RUSI JournalVolume 161Issue 4members only

What Bill Slim Did Next: The Reopening of the Imperial Defence College


Bill Slim played a pivotal role in British military education following the Second World War.

In April 1946, the first post-war course of the Imperial Defence College (IDC) got underway with General Bill Slim as the new commandant. The college had been established during the interwar years to provide an opportunity for senior military officers and civil servants from Britain and the Commonwealth to gain a better understanding of higher strategy and how it was conducted. Andrew Stewart examines Slim’s role in the reopening of the IDC as Britain re-thought its role i

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