Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 29 Jan 1970 (aged 74)
Marlow, Wycombe District, Buckinghamshire, England
Burial Medmenham, Wycombe District, Buckinghamshire, England
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Author, Military Strategist. He was born in Paris to a Jewish family and educated at Cambridge University, which he left on the outbreak of the First World War to join the British Army. He became an officer in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. During the war he saw action at Ypres and the Somme. Wounded twice, he was company commander by the end of the war. After the war he wrote an infantry training manual' and soon became military correspondent for the different British newspapers. From 1937 to 1938 he was personal adviser to the British war minister, and suggested a program of reorganization and reform that was partly instituted. In his articles and books, Liddell Hart became the world's leading exponent of using tanks as an independent striking force to make deep penetrations into enemy territory, cutting off enemy troops from their supplies and high command. It is believed that Rommel and Guderian read his books and developed what later became known as "Blitzkreig". Liddell Hart was one of Britain's leading military historians. Books by him include "The Real War, 1914-1918" (1930), "Foch, The Man of Orleans" (1931), and "A History of the World War" (1934). After the Second World War he interviewed several leading German generals, including von Tippelskirch and Heinrich. This provided material for his book, "The Other Side of the Hill' (UK Edition) and "German Generals Talk" (condensed US Edition). Later Hart was able to convince the Rommel family to allow him to edit the surviving papers of the German Field Marshal into a book which was published in 1953 as the pseudo-memoir, "The Rommel Papers". He was knighted in 1966.

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