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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Basil Henry Liddell Hart: Selected full-text books and articles

Strategy By B. Henry Liddell Hart Frederick A. Praeger, 1954
Colonel Lawrence, the Man behind the Legend By Liddell Hart Dodd, Mead & Company, 1934
The Letters of Private Wheeler By William Wheeler; B. H. Liddell Hart Houghton Mifflin, 1952
The Science of War: Back to First Principles By 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 By Carter Malkasian Praeger, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Basil Liddell Hart" begins on p. 44
Armored Forces: History and Sourcebook By Robert M. Citino Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Liddell Hart" begins on p. 39
On Infantry By 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 By Mark M. Boatner III Presidio Press, 1999
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