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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Liddell Hart A J
LIDDELL HART, Adrian John (1922-1991)
Created 1926-1991
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
19 boxes or 0.19 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1922; educated at St Andrew's School, Pangbourne, Berkshire, Eton College, Berkshire, and King's College, Cambridge; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Adjutant, Local Defence Volunteers (later renamed the Home Guard), Dartington, Devon, 1940; trained at HMS COLLINGWOOD, Fareham, Hampshire, 1941; commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1941; service on Flower Class Corvette HMS CARNATION, Battle of the Atlantic, 1941; HMS KING ALFRED, 1942; Sub Lt, HMS JAMAICA, 1942; service on HM Landing Ship Tank 320, Mediterranean, 1943; served with Combined Operations Command, British North African Forces, 1943; Signal Division, Admiralty, London, 1943-1944; HMS COLDSTREAMER, 1944; served on HMS GUARDSMAN, 1944; Flag Lt to Adm Commanding Iceland, 1945; Liberal Party candidate for Blackpool (South Division), Lancashire, General Election, 1945; Assistant Editor, Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, 1945-1946; Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Organisation, New York, USA, 1946-1947; appointed Control Officer Grade 2, Public Revenue and General Finance Branch, Finance Division, Control Service for Germany (British Element), British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), Berlin, Germany, 1947; served with the Personnel Branch, Administrative Staff, Headquarters, Control Commission for Germany (British Element), British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), Berlin, Germany, 1947-1948; worked for the Outward Bound Sea School, 1949; employed as a journalist by Westminster Press Provincial Newspapers Limited, The Yorkshire Observer , Bradford, Yorkshire, and as Lobby Correspondent, House of Commons, London, 1949-1950; Liberal Party candidate for Sowerby, Yorkshire, General Election, 1950; served in the French Foreign Legion as LĂ©gionnaire Peter Brand, [1950]-1951; service in 1 Regt Etranger de Cavalerie (1 REC), 1 Groupe d'Escadrons, Groupement Amphibie, Cochin, Indo China, 1951; employed by Outward Bound Trust, Aberdovey, Gwynedd, 1952; employed in the oil industry, Canada, 1953-1954; Editor B, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto, Canada, 1955; Associate Editor, Saturday Night , Toronto, Canada, 1955-1956; employed with the Federation of British Industries, 1959-1960; appointed Assistant Director, Society of British Aircraft Constructors, 1960-1962; Analyst, Gordon Rayment and Company Limited, London, 1962-1963; appointed Assistant General Secretary, UN Association International Service, Nov 1963; Executive, Informat public relations company, London, 1965-1966; member of staff, St John's House, hostel for the rehabilitation of homeless young offenders, London, 1968; Warden, Elswick Lodge Rehabilitation Centre, North East Bridgehead Association, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Feb-Jul 1971; died 1991.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Strange company (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1953); editor of The sword and the pen: selections from the world's greatest military writings prepared by Sir Basil Liddell Hart (Cassell, London, 1978).

Acquired from Adrian Liddell Hart's estate by Kathleen Liddell Hart, Lady Liddell Hart andpresented to the Centre in 1992.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Adrian Liddell Hart's life and career, and to the life and work of his father, Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1926-1991, including typescript extracts from the diaries of Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1926-1944; Adrian Liddell Hart's letters to his father, 1930-1969; newspaper cuttings relating to Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1939-1950; correspondence with John Frederick Lehmann, 1940-1986; typescript articles by Adrian Liddell Hart, 1945-1972, notably 'Reflections on the General Election before the announcement of the result', 1945, 'The Free University of Berlin', Feb 1949, 'The Foreign Legion', Jan 1952, and 'Rehabilitation of drug offenders', Jun 1968; correspondence with MPs and Peers, 1946-1991, including Rt Hon Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, Baron Houghton of Sowerby, 1958-1991, Rt Hon (John) Enoch Powell, 1973-1991, Sir (John) Anthony Kershaw, 1960-1986, Rt Hon Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl Longford, 1985-1991; typescript notes by Adrian Liddell Hart relating to recollections of his father, 1970-1982; correspondence with academics, 1973-1991, including Professor Sir Michael (Eliot) Howard, 1973-1990, Professor Brian (James) Bond, 1974-1991, Professor Robert John O'Neill, 1988-1991; correspondence with authors and journalists, 1978-1991; correspondence with the Foreign Legion Association of Great Britain, 1981-1991; typescript text of lecture by Adrian Liddell Hart entitled 'The British way in warfare', given to students of the Department of War Studies, King's College London, 11 Feb 1982; typescript copies of Adrian Liddell Hart's letters to the press and to magazines, 1983-1991; correspondence relating to Adrian Liddell Hart's research on correspondents of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1985-1991; correspondence with the HMS JAMAICA Association and the Flower Class Corvette Association, 1986-1991; papers relating to a proposed book by Adrian Liddell Hart on penology, 1988-1991; book reviews of Liddell Hart and the weight of history by John J Mearsheimer (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, USA, 1988), with typescript review by Adrian Liddell Hart, 25 Feb 1989; correspondence with the T E Lawrence Society, 1990-1991.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in three sections: papers relating to Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart; correspondence; papers relating to articles and drafts for proposed books by Adrian Liddell Hart.

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, some French and German.
Finding aids

Box list available online and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence and notes relating to CaptBasil Henry Liddell Hart's speeches in support of his son as a Liberal candidate in the General Election, 1945 (Ref: LH 12/1945/4-10); article by Adrian Liddell Hart entitled 'America, the political scene', from World Review, May 1947 (Ref: LH 13/18); election leaflet forAdrian Liddell Hart, Liberal Party candidate for Sowerby, Yorkshire, and Liberal Party manifesto, 1950 (Ref: LH 5/21); comments and notes by Adrian Liddell Hart on the draft of his father's book The memoirs of Captain Liddell Hart (Cassell, London, 1965) [1962-1965](Ref: LH 9/30/33); correspondence with the Rt Hon Leslie Hore-Belisha on Adrian Liddell Hart's campaign as a Liberal candidate in the General Election, 1945 (Ref: LH HB/11/1945/1-5).

Publication note
Extracts from Adrian Liddell Hart's letters to John Frederick Lehmann, 1940-1980, have been published in John Lehmann by Adrian Wright (Gerald Duckworth, London, 1998).


Compiled Dec 1999

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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Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Administration of justice
  • Armed forces
  • Associations
  • Biographies
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Elections
  • Electoral systems
  • Higher education institutions
  • History
  • Internal politics
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military history
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Penal institutions
  • Penal sanctions
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Prisons
  • Prose
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Universities
  • Vehicles

Personal names

  • Houghton, Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas, b 1898, Baron Houghton of Sowerby, politician
  • Howard, Sir, Michael Eliot, b 1922, Knight, author and military theorist
  • Kershaw, Sir, John Anthony, b 1915, Knight, barrister and public official
  • Lehmann, John Frederick, 1907-1987, editor and author
  • Liddell Hart, Sir, Basil Henry, 1895-1970, Knight, Captain, military historian
  • Mearsheimer, John J, fl 1982-1999, US political scientist
  • Pakenham, Francis Aungier, b 1905, 7th Earl of Longford, publisher, author, politician and penal reformer
  • Powell, John Enoch, 1912-1998, politician

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Free University of Berlin
  • French Foreign Legion
  • HMS Jamaica
  • King's College London, Department of War Studies
  • T E Lawrence Society

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