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Within the Bridgehead

But now I am cabin'd, cribb'd, confin'd, Bound in to saucy doubts and fears

Macbeth

It was an unforthcoming general whom Liddell Hart once more interviewed at Peover Hall on 19 June. Fourteen days had gone by since D-Day; the British were still stalled outside Caen and the Americans had not yet taken Cherbourg. The worst storm for 40 years was raging in the Channel. The repercussions of the slapping incident in Sicily and the official reprimand for his indiscretion at Knutsford obviously still rankled in his mind. Liddell Hart found him ill at ease and understandably irritated when the shortcomings of his army in the matter of security were gratuitously mentioned. In their conversation he frequently reiterated such phrases as 'You mustn't quote me', 'This is off the record', 'You haven't seen me'. Tedious though this became to Liddell Hart it is surprising that he was able to place on record as much as he did. He was told that there were 13 divisions in Third Army and that its artillery could put down more explosive in a day than the whole Allied bomber force of whose accuracy he had a poor opinion. To prove his point he produced a photograph of the Seine bridges which showed that, despite the claims of the airmen, they were still intact. Generally he thought that the devastation created by area bombing was out of all proportion to its military value. He agreed that the immediate problem of the British before Caen and the Americans, now becoming increasingly aware of the difficulties created by the bocage, placed the burden for the time being on the infantry. He personally however was still thinking of armoured tactics—when the time was

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