Autobiography, with Letters

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CAPTAIN LIDDELL HART AND GENERAL J.G.HARBORD

CAPTAIN LIDDELL HART, the military historian of the London Times and author of many books ranging from war to contemporary masters of the game of lawn tennis, began his career at an early age. He was born 31 October 1895, so that when the War broke out he was only 19. He was at that time a student at Corpus Christi, Cambridge. He served in the European War and was wounded. His publications began when he was 22 years old with New Methods of Infantry Training, and his career since then is well known. When he published in 1928 his Ten Years After, I wrote to my friend, Major General J.G.Harbord, and asked his opinion about it. And considering the great reputation of both experts, the following letters should be of interest.

General Harbord is one of the finest men I have ever known. He is as modest as he is able, and there is no better companion anywhere. I have been shooting with him; I have played innumerable games of golf with him, and my respect for his ability is equalled only by my affection for him.

233 BROADWAY, NEW YORK
ROOM 1856
March 17, 1928

DEAR BILLIE:

Your letter of March 14th, about Liddell-Hart's book on the Generals, has been received and would have been answered sooner but

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