Basil Henry Liddell Hart

Liddell Hart, Sir Basil Henry

Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (lĬ´dəl härt), 1895–1970, English author and military strategist, b. Paris. His education at Cambridge was interrupted by World War I, in which he served (1914–18) and was twice wounded. Retiring from the army as a captain in 1927, he was military correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph (1925–35) and the London Times (1935–39). He was an early advocate of mechanized warfare, and his thinking had a profound effect upon the German high command prior to World War II. He also evolved a number of infantry tactics and training methods that were adopted by the British army. From 1937 to 1938 he was personal adviser to the British war minister, Leslie Hore-Belisha, and suggested a program of reorganization and reform that was partly instituted. He was knighted in 1966. In later years, he developed a strategic theory known as "an indirect approach." Among his numerous books are Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American (1929), The Future of Infantry (1933), A History of the World War, 1914–1918 (1934), The German Generals Talk (1948), The Tanks (1959), Deterrent or Defence (1961), and A History of the Second World War (1970). He edited The Rommel Papers (1953).

See his memoirs (2 vol., 1965–66).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Fascist and Liberal Visions of War: Fuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists
Azar Gat.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Strategy
B. Henry Liddell Hart.
Frederick A. Praeger, 1954
Colonel Lawrence, the Man behind the Legend
Liddell Hart.
Dodd, Mead & Company, 1934
The Letters of Private Wheeler
B. H. Liddell Hart; William Wheeler.
Houghton Mifflin, 1952
The Science of War: Back to First Principles
Brian Holden Reid.
Routledge, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Liddell Hart and the Indirect Approach to Strategy"
A History of Modern Wars of Attrition
Carter Malkasian.
Praeger, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Basil Liddell Hart" begins on p. 44
Armored Forces: History and Sourcebook
Robert M. Citino.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Liddell Hart" begins on p. 39
On Infantry
John A. English; Bruce I. Gudmundsson.
Praeger, 1994 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Liddell Hart begins p. 46
Biographical Dictionary of World War II
Mark M. Boatner III.
Presidio Press, 1999
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