THE LIDDELL HART MEMOIRS: 1895-1938 by Captain B.H. Liddell Hart


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Aside from some lengthy, quite excellent portraits of his two friends, T.E. Lawrence and Lloyd George, Liddell Hart's memoirs are of considerably limited interest to an American audience. Liddell Hart is Britain's foremost military Journalist and, if anything, his insights are held in even greater esteem than his counterpart's here, Hanson Baldwin of the New York Times. A great deal of his book is given over directly to the advancement of mechanized warfare as it slowly shaped up between the wars in Britain. Liddell Hart, who experienced trench warfare as an officer in France and was severely wounded, began writing actively by producing his own army manuals. The army was so taken by these that they were widely distributed. Many of his later productions, about tactics, strategy and armored warfares were not taken up by his compatriots however until they first had been accepted abroad. He has many winningly frank comments about Churchill but reserves his greatest praise for Lloyd George. He scores Montgomery for not exploiting advantages in the field, and scores Churchill for a policy of bombing civilians. As for Lawrence, ""in combination of personality and intellect, of capacity for action and reflection, he surpassed any man I have met."" Volume II will cover 1938 to the fall of France (1940).

Pub Date: Jan. 12th, 1965
Publisher: Putnam