Private Papers of General Sir Kenneth Darling GBE KCB DSO
698 ms and ts letters to his parents principally covering his military service, December 1927 - July 1963, with the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers in the United Kingdom (April - September 1930), the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers in India (October 1930 - November 1938), at the Staff College, Camberley (January - April 1940), as Brigade Major of the 1st London Infantry Brigade, Home Forces in Kent (May - October 1940), as a GSO2 at the War Office (November - December 1940), as an instructor at the Senior Officers School, Erlestoke Park, Wiltshire (January - September 1941), as a GSO1 Military Training at the War Office, Cheltenham (October 1941 - June 1942), as Commanding Officer of the 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers under training in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (June 1942 - January 1944), with the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment, briefly as their Commanding Officer (February - April 1944), with the 12th Battalion Parachute Regiment, which he commanded from December 1944, during the D-Day landings, the Ardennes offensive, the Rhine crossings and the Allied advance across Germany, also postwar in England, India, Malaya, Singapore and Java (April 1944 - January 1946), as Commander, 1st Indian Infantry Brigade and 5th Parachute Brigade in Java and Malaya (January - September 1946), at the Joint Services Staff College, near Chesham (January - July 1947), as GSO1 Plans GHQ Middle East in Egypt (August 1947 - August 1948), as Commandant of the Airborne Forces Depot, Aldershot (September 1948 - August 1950), as Commander, 16th Independent Parachute Brigade Group, including service in the Suez Canal Zone (December 1950 - November 1952), at the Imperial Defence College (1953), as Brigadier A/Q, and later as Chief of Staff, 1st British Corps BAOR (January 1954 - July 1956), as Chief of Staff, 2nd British Corps during the Suez Crisis (September - November 1956), as Deputy Director of Staff Duties at the War Office (February 1957 - October 1958), as Director of Operations, Cyprus (October 1958 - August 1960), as Director of Infantry at the War Office (December 1960 - March 1962) and as GOC 1st British Corps (April 1962 - July 1963), together with 26 ms letters (some in photocopy form only) to his wife dated 1944 - 1945 and papers relating to his service with the 5th Parachute Brigade in Java (1946), the Suez Canal crisis (1956 - 1985) and Cyprus (1958 - 1981), as well as his lecture notes (1963 - 1967) and reminiscences (1973 - 1984).
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.