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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Hechler
Title
HECHLER, Maj Kenneth William (b 1914)
Date(s)
Created 1949
Level of description
collection level (one item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres

Context

Name of creator(s)
Hechler, Kenneth William, b 1914, US military historian and politician
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1914; educated Roslyn public schools, Swarthmore College, and Columbia University; taught political science at Columbia, Barnard, Princeton and Marshall Universities; research assistant to Judge Samuel Rosenman and President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Roosevelt's public papers; section chief, Bureau of the Census, 1940; personnel officer, Office for Emergency Management, 1941; administrative analyst, United States Bureau of the Budget, in 1942 and 1946; entered the United States Army in 1942 as a private in the Infantry; commissioned a second lieutenant, Armored Force, in 1943; assigned to European Theater of Operations as combat historian in 1944, where he interrogated German prisoners of war; special assistant to President Truman 1949-1953; associate director of American Political Science Association at Washington, D.C., 1953-1956; research director, presidential campaign of Adlai Stevenson, 1956; administrative aide to Senator John A. Carroll of Colorado in 1957; moved to Huntington, W.Va., in 1957 to teach at Marshall University; delegate Democratic National Conventions, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1980 and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1977); host of a daily talk show and a writer for a weekly newspaper column; science consultant, House Committee on Science and Technology, 1980-1982; taught at the University of Charleston and Marshall University, 1981-1984; elected secretary of state of West Virginia in 1984. Publications: Author of Insurgency: personalities and politics of the Taft era (Columbia University Press, New York, 1940) and The bridge at Remagen (Hamilton, London, 1961).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Author of Insurgency: personalities and politics of the Taft era (Columbia University Press, New York, 1940) and The bridge at Remagen (Hamilton, London, 1961).

Report was presented to the Centre by Professor Albert Kenneth Roland Kiralfy (b 1915),interpreter and administrator on the commission and Professor of Law at King's College London, 1964-1981.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Photocopy of the report 'The Enemy Side of the Hill, the 1945 background on interrogation of German commanders', compiled by Maj Kenneth William Hechler, chief interrogator, 1949.

System of arrangement

Single item

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
English
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, anddetailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Notes

Note
Compiled Jun 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • Military organizations
  • Military strategy
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Hechler, Kenneth William, b 1914, Major, US military historian and politician

Corporate names

  • German Army

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