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LIDDELL HART, Capt Sir Basil Henry (1895-1970)

Diaries, diary notes and memoranda, 1931-1935

References on this page: LIDDELL HART: 11/1931-1935


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931-1935 Diaries, diary notes and memoranda, 1931-1935


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/1

1931

Diary kept by LIDDELL HART containing engagements and notes. With smaller appointments diary and typescript copy of the main diary


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/2

1931 Jan 20

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, about FM Sir John (Denton Pinkstone) French, 1st Earl of Ypres, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1911-1914


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/3

1931 Jan 22

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on FM Sir John ( Denton Pinkstone ) French, 1st Earl of Ypres, and his role in South Africa and World War One, and also on the Somme offensive (1 Jul-18 Nov 1916)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/4

1931 Feb 17

Note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'The Inner Truth of Oct 31 1914 at Ypres' relating to a discussion with Brig Gen James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on the decision of FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig to retreat at Ypres


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/5

1931 Feb 21-1931 Sep 24

Note by LIDDELL HART on talks with Col Frederick Alfred Pile, Assistant Dir of Mechanisation, War Office, on tank procurement, cuts in expenditure and the hostility of the General Staff to mechanisation


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/6

1931 Apr 16-1931 May 11

Award of the Royal United Services Institute Chesney Gold Medal to LIDDELL HART. Extracts from diary notes and letters from Gen Sir Ivor Maxse on the subject


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/7

1931 Jul 14

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence. Comment on the alleged antecedence of Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/8

1931 Jul 16

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Lt Col Claude Francis Liardet, served Heavy Artillery Australian Corps, GSO2, 13 Corps, 1914-1918, concerning Gen Sir Henry Seymour Rawlinson, 1st Baron Rawlinson of Trent, Dorset, and Gen Sir John Monash, who served at Gallipoli and as Commander, 3 Australian Div in France, 1916-1918, and Australian Army Corps in France, 1918, on Gallipoli


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/9-20

1931 Jul-1932 Jun

Critical appraisal by LIDDELL HART on the diaries of FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig. With related correspondence and review of the Haig diaries from the Sunday Express, 12 June 1932


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/21

1931 Aug 9

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Bertie Drew Fisher, of the General Staff, Aldershot, on mechanisation and army problems including problems of tiredness and marching fatigue among Royal Engineers


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/22

1931 Aug 19

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen Richard Deare Furley Oldman, Commander of the 47 (2nd London) Div of the Territorial Army, about machine gun tactics and shortages of boots in the Territorial Army


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/23

1931 Aug 19

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Gen Ladislaus Herbert Richard Pope-Hennessy, Assistant Adjutant General, War Office, 1920-1924, about the Chanak Crisis in 1922


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/24

1931 Nov 15

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Gen Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton including comments on Gen Sir William Eliot Peyton, and on LIDDELL HART's Foch, The Man of Orleans (Eyre and Spottiswode, London, 1931), relating to FM Ferdinand Foch


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/25

1931 Dec 17

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen Sir Wilkinson Dent Bird, Col of Queen's Royal Regiment, on France in 1914


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/26

1931

Manuscript note by LIDDELL HART listing various public figures whose wives LIDDELL HART believed provided support and assistance to the careers of those men, and those public figures whose wives he believed were damaging to their career prospects


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/27

1931

Note by LIDDELL HART on his early years


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/28

1931

Outline by LIDDELL HART of his career since 1914


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/29

1931

Note by LIDDELL HART on his recreations


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/30-31

[1931-1933]

Note by LIDDELL HART on his method of work


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/32

[1931]

Note by LIDDELL HART on US Army equipment


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/33

[1931]

List of the nicknames of various public figures compiled by LIDDELL HART


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/34-57

1931-1937

Note by LIDDELL HART on British army promotions, including the mandatory ages of promotion and retirement in each service, and assessment of the promotion prospects of various officers


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/58

[1931]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on Philip Guedalla's biography of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, The Duke (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1931)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1931/59

1931 Dec

Synopsis of a paper by LIDDELL HART entitled 'The key problems of disarmament' for the February 1932 Geneva Disarmament Conference


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/1

1932

Diary kept by LIDDELL HART containing engagements and notes, with typescript copy. Also a small appointments diary.


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/2

1932 Jan 9

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Lt Col Kevin John Martin, former Military Attaché, Warsaw, on the new organisation of Polish platoons, and the possibility of the Polish army being able to beat the Russian army in any future war


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/3

1932 Jan 14

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Adolphe Symons on the response of the Portuguese Expeditionary Force to the German offensive at Lys in Apr 1918


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/4

1932 Jan 30

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with H S Davis, and his French wife on French relations with the UK and Germany


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/5

1932 Feb 1

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Count Beldy (former Hungarian Military Attaché in London, and then a member of the Hungarian Delegation to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva) on various national attitudes to disarmament


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/6

1932 Feb 19

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Karl Radek about the Red Army and also the influence of LIDDELL HART's writings in the Soviet Union


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/7

1932 Feb

Notes by LIDDELL HART on questions raised at the Disarmament Conference, Geneva, concerning international civil aviation agreements, and the possibility of outlawing the bomber


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/8

1932 Mar 4

Note by LIDDELL HART of talks with Capt Ruspoli, Naval Adviser to the Italian Delegation at the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, on the problem of naval disarmament


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/9

1932 Mar 8

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Gen Lt Werner Von Blomberg concerning World War One, LIDDELL HART's Foch. The Man of Orleans (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1931 ), disarmament, and on the failure to learn the lessons of the American Civil War and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/10

1932 Mar 15

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Col Charles Broad about new tanks and the Gerlich bullet, a type of explosive bullet


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/11

1932 Mar

Notes by LIDDELL HART from discussion with Sir Christopher (Llewellyn) Bullock, Permanent Secretary to the Air Ministry on the limitations of air and sea warfare


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/12

1932 Mar

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the Sino-Japanese War, in particular, the danger of the evasiveness of the British Government in reaching an opinion on the war leading to a loss of face for the British elsewhere, on the independence of the Japanese General Staff from the Japanese Government, and the dangers of hiding the facts of the war from the British public


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/13

1932 Mar

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the Sino-Japanese War, almost identical to LH 11/1932/12


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/14

1932 Apr-Nov

Notes extracted from LIDDELL HART's diary, 12 Apr 1932-13 Jul 1932 concerning the possibility of LIDDELL HART becoming Deputy Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence at the instigation of John Buchan MP. With a recommendation of LIDDELL HART by Buchan


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/15

1932 May 6

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Col Frederick Alfred Pile, Assistant Director of Mechanisation, War Office, on the value of heavy tanks in overcoming fortifications, and the limitations of aerial bombardment


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/16-36

1932 May-Nov

Notebook containing thoughts by LIDDELL HART on philosophy, politics and military matters. With a typescript copy


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/37

1932 May 18

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with John Brown on the appointment of Maj Gen Sir Frederick (Barton) Maurice as President of the British Legion


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/38

1932 Jun 10

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Col Edward Frederick Lawson, including various stories concerning the Royal Family


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/39

1932 Jul 12

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Herr Hilger Van Scherpenberg on the current political situation in Germany


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/40

1932 Aug 22

General notes by LIDDELL HART comparing the British Army of the 1930s with the Army before the Crimean War


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/41

1932 Aug 22

Note by LIDDELL HART criticising current British tank strategy


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/42

1932 Sep 24

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Lloyd George, on British generals in World War One, and also LIDDELL HART's impressions of Lloyd George


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/43

1932 Nov 8

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Sir Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey, Clerk of the Privy Council, on Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres, 31 Jul-10 Nov 1917), about a controversial letter which Maj Gen Sir Frederick (Barton) Maurice sent to the Press in 1918, and on FM Sir William Robertson and FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/44

1932 Nov 15

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on the method of appointing field-marshals and on Edmonds'Official History 1918, Military Operations in France and Belgium (Macmillan and Co, London, 1935)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/45

1932 Nov 16

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with FM Sir Claud (William) Jacob on the Indian Corps in France in World War One


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/46

1932 Nov 23

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen John Frederick Charles Fuller and Col Alexander Herbert Killick, Sec of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 1932-1959, concerning the Greco-Turkish War 1921-22, and comments on various Chiefs of the Imperial General Staff, and on the abolition of cavalry


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/47

1932 Nov 29

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with (Edward Montague) Compton MacKenzie. Security case arising from Mackenzie's Greek Memories (Chatto and Windus, London, 1939)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/48

1932 Dec 9

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Gen Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton on royalty and on the Rt Hon (James) Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/49

1932

Notes by LIDDELL HART on Maj Gen John Frederick Charles Fuller's Lectures on Field Service Regulations III ( London, 1931 )


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/50

1932

Tank notes by LIDDELL HART and diagrams showing the possible movements and thrusts of tanks in a battle


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/51

1932

Mobilisation plan for the BEF, drawn up by LIDDELL HART


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/52

[1932]

Comparison by LIDDELL HART of German, French and British army organisation


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/53

1932-1933

List of LIDDELL HART's engagements


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/54-74

1932-1933

Various notes by LIDDELL HART relating to the War Office committee appointed to investigate the principal lessons of World War One, and to apply these lessons to current training. With related correspondence See also LH 1/7/1


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/75

1932

Note by LIDDELL HART on the training of 1 Div


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/76

1932

Various notes by LIDDELL HART on army organisation and supply, relating in particular to the mobility of mechanised forces


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/77

[1932]

Paper by LIDDELL HART entitled 'Saving time-and life in the infantry advance by the use of skirmishers', which criticised the steady pace of infantry advance from dug-outs and across no-man's land during World War One, and which recommends the use of lightly-armed, fast-moving forces to rapidly overwhelm enemy positions


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/78

1932-1936

Various extracts collected by LIDDELL HART from newspapers and letters on the topic of 'stupidity'


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/79

1932

Notes by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen John Greer Dill, 16 Aug 1932, Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, on the role and organisation of the British Army, and in particular the belief that the Army now constituted a de facto Imperial police force


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/80

[1932]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the Disarmament Conference, Geneva


LIDDELL HART: 11/1932/81

[1932]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the 'Blindness of the military mind' (from Sparta through to World War One)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/1

1933

Diary kept by LIDDELL HART containing engagements and notes. Also a small appointments diary. With a typescript copy of the main diary


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/2

1933

Typescript extracts from LIDDELL HART's principal 1933 diary


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/3-9

1933 Jan-Sep

Thoughts by LIDDELL HART on philosophy, politics and military matters, in particular, technocracy, FM Douglas Haig, and the Compton Mackenzie trial


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/10

1933 Jan 8

Cutting from The Observer entitled 'The Might of the Machine', on the effect of mechanisation in society, and the role of technocrats, with annotations by LIDDELL HART


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/11

1933 Feb 14

Notes by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Sidney Rogerson about the part played by Col Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey in the replacement of Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, as Prime Minister in 1916


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/12-18

1933 Apr

Various historical notes by LIDDELL HART sent to the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Lloyd George, mainly on FM Sir William (Robert) Robertson's Soldiers and Statesmen (Cassell, London, 1926 ), and on the Macedonian campaign during World War One. With related correspondence


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/19

1933 May 21

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Lloyd George, comments on German plans in 1914, and on FM Sir William (Robert) Robertson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1915-18


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/20

1933 Jul 10

Extracts from a letter from Gen Sir William Edmund Ironside, Commander, Meerut District, India, 1928-31, and Lt of the Tower of London, 1931-33, on the Northern Command in India, and various personalities including Maj Gen John Edward Spencer Brind, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Army HQ, India, 1931-1933


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/21

1933 Sep 2

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Lt Col Giffard Le Quesne Martel, Instructor at the Staff College, Quetta, India, 1930-1933, concerning the possibility of war in Afghanistan, and the problem of sickness among commanders in India


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/22

1933 Sep 17

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Col Frederick Alfred Pile, Commander, Canal Brigade, Egypt, 1932-1936, concerning the Middle East and tank production


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/23

1933 Oct 14

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen Ladislaus Herbert Richard Pope-Hennessy, Commander 50 (Northumbrian) Div and Area, 1931-1935, on the danger of moral cowardice in the army, and on the principled refusal to launch attacks where the loss of life appears unjustified


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/24

1933 Oct 27

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on current events, the need for higher intellect in the army, and the South African War


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/25a

1933 Nov 23

Note by LIDDELL HART. The opinion of M Cuthbertson on the falsification of facts in army reports during World War One, especially by Gen Sir Archibald (James) Murray, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1915


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/25b

1933 Nov 28

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on the falsification of facts by soldiers in World War One [missing Aug 1997]


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/26

1933 Dec 7

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on France in 1914


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/27

1933 Dec 12

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Capt Cyril Bentham Falls, author of the Official History of World War One volumes entitled Military Operations: Macedonia... (4 vols, London, 1933-35), on the Salonika campaign


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/28

1933 Dec 12

Reflection by LIDDELL HART on lack of intellectual honesty among soldiers


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/29

1933 Dec 18

Note by LIDDELL HART on talk with Maj Gen Guy Payan Dawnay. Concerning the Ayas Bay Plan, Oct-Nov 1915, an Allied scheme to protect Egypt by the landing of soldiers near Alexandretta on the Gulf of Iskenderun in Eastern Turkey


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/30

1933 Dec 20

Note by LIDDELL HART on talk with Brig Gen Cecil Fabar Aspinall-Oglander, regarding the attitude to airpower of Adm Sir Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, 1933-1938


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/31

1933 Dec 28

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of the Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, intelligence, and especially the current problem of the allegedly poor quality of generalship


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/32

[1933]

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of the Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on various personalities of the South African War and World War One, including Gen Sir Ivor Maxse and Maj Gen Robert George Kekewich


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/33

1933 Dec

Note by LIDDELL HART on the marginalisation by his colleagues of military historian Maj Gen John Frederick Charles Fuller


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/34

1933

Note by LIDDELL HART on the hostility of the French to LIDDELL HART's Foch. The Man of Orleans ( Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1931 )


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/35

1933

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the Fourth Army and the Somme, prejudice against LIDDELL HART's books, LIDDELL HART and FM Sir Archibald Armar Montgomery-Massingberd, Chief of the Imperial General Staff from Feb 1933, and the Royal United Services Institute Chesney Gold Medal


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/36

1933

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the history of the Royal United Services Institute Chesney Gold Medal


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/37

1933

Notes by LIDDELL HART on R E Lee. A biography (Scribner's Sons, New York, London, 1934, 35), by Douglas Southall Freeman


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/38

[1933]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on Lt Gen Harry (Hugh Sidney) Knox, Lt of the Tower of London, 1933-1935


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/39

[1933]

Note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'Air v Army in Frontier policy', disputing the value of land operations in border policy


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/40

[1933]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the regime as Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1926-1933, of FM Sir George Francis Milne, 1st Baron Milne of Salonika and Rubislaw, County Aberdeen


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/41

[1933]

Historical note by LIDDELL HART on FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig in the South African War and World War One


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/42

1933

Brief note by LIDDELL HART comparing the specifications of various types of tank


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/43

1933

Notes by LIDDELL HART on Russian cavalry strength


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/44-49

1933-1938

Notes by LIDDELL HART. Concerning the significance of air power for navies, and in particular the defence of ships using anti-aircraft weaponry (49 missing)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1933/50-108

1933-1939

Correspondence with various officers relating to army reform, including Brig Percy ( Cleghorn Stanley ) Hobart, Inspector, Royal Tank Corps, 1933-1936, Commander, Tank Brigade, 1934-1937, Deputy Dir of Staff Duties, War Office, 1937, Dir of Military Training, War Office, 1937-1938, Col Frederick Alfred Pile, Commander, Canal Brigade, Egypt, 1932-1936, Commander, 1 Anti-Aircraft Div Territorial Army, 1937-1939, and the Rt Hon Sir Thomas Inskip, Attorney General, 1932-1936 and Minister for the Coordination of Defence, 1936-1939 (These are transcripts of letters in LH Section 1)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/1

1934

Diary kept by LIDDELL HART containing engagements and notes., with typescript copy. Also a small appointments diary.


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/2-32

1934 Jan-Dec

Thoughts by LIDDELL HART on philosophy, politics and military matters, including the political role of historians, the current situation in Germany, Christianity, soldiers advocating socialism, and humanitarianism


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/33

1934 Jan 2

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Gen Renner, German Military Attaché in 1914 and Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of the Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on World War One and anti-semitism


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/34

1934 Jan 10

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Lt Col Eric Dorman-Smith concerning the cost of tanks, and the possible future ratio of tank battalions and infantry battalions


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/35

1934 Jan 15

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen Henry Karslake, commanding Baluchistan District, Indian Army, on tank exercises in India


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/36

1934 Feb 17-18

Observation by LIDDELL HART entitled 'Samples of the Military Mind 1914-1918' on discussion with Maj Gen Henry Karslake, Commander, Baluchistan District, India, and Col Rawnsley on World War One, and in particular the conduct of FM George Francis Milne, 1st Baron Milne of Salonika, and of Rubislaw, Co Aberdeen


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/37

1934 Mar 221934 May 25

Note by LIDDELL HART on talks with Col Bertie Drew Fisher, Director of Recruiting and Organisation, on promotions


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/38

1934 May 2

Note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'The Marne 1914' on discussion with Lt Col Alfred Higgins Burne about World War One


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/39

1934 May 31

Note by LIDDELL HART on a Council meeting of the Society of Army Historical Research


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/40

1934 May-Nov

Notes by LIDDELL HART on work in progress, and a description of the current sales of LIDDELL HART's books


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/41

1934 Jun 7

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on the South African War, FM Sir Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and of Felixstowe, FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/42

1934 Jun 28

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Lloyd George, on France in 1917 and on King George V


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/43

1934 Jul 5

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Sir Christopher (Llewellyn) Bullock, Permanent Secretary to the Air Ministry, on re-siting Woolwich Arsenal, and on the latest service estimates


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/44

1934 Jul 24

Brief note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'Good men in the army', probably officers whose careers LIDDELL HART thought looked promising


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/45

1934 Aug 16

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Frederick Alfred Pile, commanding the Canal Brigade in Egypt, on night training


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/46

1934 Aug 22

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Charles (Noel Frank) Broad, of the General Staff, Aldershot Command, concerning recollections of France in 1917


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/47

1934 Sep 5

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen Charles John Cecil Grant, General Officer Commanding London District, 1932-1934, on World War One and FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/48

1934 Sep 9

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Lt Col Gifford le Quesne Martel, Instructor at Staff College, Quetta, India, 1930-1934, on the design of an armoured infantry-mover, and the need for a mechanised force in Egypt


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/49-50

1934 Nov 13

Notes by LIDDELL HART on a War Office meeting for military correspondents, to disclose a plan for army re-organisation (Two versions, one with manuscript corrections)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/51

1934 Nov 14

Note by LIDDELL HART criticising a letter in The Times by Maj Gen Sir John Humphrey Davidson which argued that Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres, 31 Jul-10 Nov 1917) was only undertaken as a response to General Phillipe Pétain's appeal for assistance. LIDDELL HART dismisses this idea, and assigns to FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, responsibility for the campaign


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/52

1934 Nov 14

Notes by LIDDELL HART on a Royal United Services Institute lecture by Lt Col John Macready, on a plan for army re-organisation.


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/53

1934 Nov 19

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen Denis J C Kirwan Bernard, General Staff, Northern Command, India, 1930-34, Director of Recruiting and Organization, War Office, 1934-1936, on World War One and on training in India


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/54

1934 Nov 23

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the Official History of World War One, 1918 volumes


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/55

1934 Dec 5

Note by LIDDELL HART on the question of civil interference with generals in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/56

1934 Dec 17

Note by LIDDELL HART analysing trends in battlefield casualty figures, especially in relation to English Civil War battles, 1644-1645


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/57

[1934]

Paper by LIDDELL HART entitled 'David Lloyd George and the Strategy of the War' (World War One)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/58

1934

Note by LIDDELL HART on the danger of mental stagnation in the army since World War One. Comparison with a similar period of decay in the army after the Napoleonic Wars


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/59

1934

Notes by LIDDELL HART for an article entitled 'The swansong of truth', which LIDDELL HART planned to publish in the event of a new European war. Notes express LIDDELL HART's fears of censorship and the sacrifice of individual liberties to national interest in time of war


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/60

[1934]

Note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'Facts hidden from the cabinet by the Chief of Imperial General Staff and the Commander-in-Chief when seeking approval for the Flanders offensive'


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/61

[1934]

Note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'The genesis of the Passchendaele campaign', on the origins of the Third Battle of Ypres, 31 Jul-10 Nov 1917


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/62

[1934]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on Gen Erich Ludendorff's memoirs


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/63

[1934]

Disparate notes by LIDDELL HART on the army in World War One


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/64-70

1934

Notes by LIDDELL HART on FM Sir Archibald Armar Montgomery-Massingberd, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, principally on World War One, and on Montgomery-Massingberd's apparent devaluing of the historical and future role of tank warfare


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/71

1934

Cutting from the Sunday Dispatch on air defence by Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley with a note by LIDDELL HART on the influence of LIDDELL HART's talk with Mosley, 14 May 1934, on the content of the Mosley article


LIDDELL HART: 11/1934/72

1932-1935

Brief note on LIDDELL HART's Thoughts On War (Faber and Faber, London, 1944). Thoughts was published in 1944, but comprised a collection of observations compiled over the previous twenty years. With extracts from favourable comments on the contents of Thoughts


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/1

1935-1936

Diary from Dec 1935 to Jan 1936


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/2-57

1935 Jan-Dec

Thoughts by LIDDELL HART on philosophy, politics and military matters, including the danger of 'mental malnutrition' replacing the menace of older Malthusian constraints to human progress, LIDDELL HART's first impressions on joining the staff of The Times, his forecast of the inefficiency of future war, comparisons of English and French national character, criticism of the view that discipline is best instilled by fear of punishment, the purpose of monarchy, the Abyssinian crisis, and other concerns


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/58

1935 Jan 10

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, concerning FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/59

1935 Feb 7

Extracts from notes by LIDDELL HART on World War One


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/60

1935 Feb 7

Australian Official History (Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1921-38). Notes by LIDDELL HART on observations on the weather in 1917 abstracted from the History


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/61

1935 Feb-Sep

List by LIDDELL HART of various hotels LIDDELL HART stayed in


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/62

1935 Mar 2

Note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'The indirect approach' on an aspect of strategy


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/63

1935 Mar 9

Memorandum dealing with a government white paper, issued, 4 March 1935, outlining plans for limited rearmament. The memo was written for Geoffrey Dawson, editor of The Times, and Robin Barrington-Ward shortly before LIDDELL HART joined the staff of The Times


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/64

1935 Mar 21

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Lloyd George, about the events of Mar 1918, in particular the allegation that British troops were witheld from supporting operations in France at that time


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/65

1935 Mar 22

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Thomas Edward Shaw, on the question of a deputy and possible replacement for Sir Maurice Hankey as Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/66

1935 Mar 23

Observation of Maj J B Paget, recorded by LIDDELL HART, on British capabilities in a possible continental war


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/67

1935 Mar 25

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Sir Maurice Hankey, Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence, concerning general British defence organisation and policy


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/68

1935 Mar 27

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), the South African War, and the diaries of FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/69

1935 Mar 27

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen John Greer Dill, Director of Military Operations and Intelligence, entitled 'Imperial Defence and British Strategy' on the Soviet Union as a possible ally of the UK, the improbability of a Japanese attack on Singapore, and the contrasting vulnerability of Hong Kong


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/70

1935 Mar 29

Notes by LIDDELL HART for Gerald (Reid) Barry of the News Chronicle in reply to Barry's request for suggestions of possible candidates for the position of military correspondent [of the Chronicle]


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/71

1935 Apr 1

Notes by LIDDELL HART on army organisation and equipment-implementation timetable for introduction of changes


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/72

1935 Apr 9

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Gen Sir Hubert (de la Poer) Gough concerning World War One, especially friction between politicians and soldiers; on FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig; on the alleged lack of originality in the thought of Lt Gen Sir Launcelot Edward Kiggell, and Gough's unpopularity in connection with command postings


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/73

1935 Apr 13

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Sir Christopher (Llewellyn) Bullock, Permanent Secretary, Air Ministry, about the current strength of the German airforce, monthly production of German aircraft, on the call by the Royal Navy in 1921 for the abolition of the RAF, and on the lack of adequate statistics to assess the performance of UK armed forces


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/74-77

1935 Apr 17

Note by LIDDELL HART on various wars and battles and especially the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/78

1935 Apr-May

Notes by LIDDELL HART from visit to French forces, including talks with Capt Jean Vautrin and Col Thomas George Gordon Heywood, Military Attache, Paris


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/79

1935 May 12

Note by LIDDELL HART entitled 'Approach and Aim-under the new conditions of warfare' on the need to develop a dispersed strategic approach to warfare


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/80

1935 May 12

Note by LIDDELL HART on disrupting enemy communications


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/81

1935 May 20

Note by LIDDELL HART on a statement in an article by Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser Cruttwell in The Spectator about the firepower of a super-dreadnought battleship


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/82

1935 May 27

Agenda listing LIDDELL HART's work priorities


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/83

1935 May 28

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Col E N Macready on the financial system and the army


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/84

1935 May

Analysis by LIDDELL HART entitled 'cavalry operations in the American Civil War with special reference to raids on communications'


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/85

1935 Jun 20-21

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the Officer Training Corps, private manufacture of armaments, and the Naval Agreement with Germany limiting German naval tonnage to 35% of British tonnage, 18 Jun 1935


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/86

1935 Jun 27

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with MRAF Lord Hugh Montague Trenchard, Chief of Air Staff, 1918-29, concerning London traffic problems, Thomas Edward Lawrence and Imperial defence


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/87

1935 Jun-Oct

Thoughts by LIDDELL HART on the art of writing


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/88

1935 Jul 7

Note by LIDDELL HART on research into 'The Problem of the Creation and Use of an International Force in the light of History and present technical conditions' concerning the problems associated with the formation and operation of a force composed of different nationalities and commands


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/89

1935 Aug 23

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the statistics of the tank brigade


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/90

1935 Aug 26

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart, of Dens and Crichie, in which Burnett-Stuart criticises current training methods, and the root cause of the problems in the workings of the War Office


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/91

1935 Aug

Notes by LIDDELL HART on a conference organised by Maj Gen Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander, 2 Div, Aldershot, 1935-37, on tank warfare


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/92

1935 Aug

Notes by LIDDELL HART on new army equipment, including the pneumatic-tyred gun-wheel, the conversion of the Light Brigade into a Field Brigade, and concerning the need for a committee to assess new equipment and its designers, in order to weed out the sub-standard


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/93

1935 Sep 6

Notes by LIDDELL HART on army training, especially on the false hopes of bringing the Territorial Army up to the standards of a mechanised brigade


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/94

1935 Sep 25

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Maj Gen John Kennedy, Commander, 1 Div, on the lessons of recent army manoeuvres


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/95

1935 Sep

LIDDELL HART's opinions on watching recent army manoeuvres


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/96

1935 Sep

Brief notes by LIDDELL HART on training


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/97

1935 Oct 4

Notes by LIDDELL HART on talk with Sir Christopher (Llewellyn) Bullock, Permanent Secretary, Air Ministry, on the British presence in the Mediterranean


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/98

1935 Oct 19

Notes by LIDDELL HART on France in 1917-1918, and especially Passchendaele (3rd Battle of Ypres, 31 Jul-10 Nov 1917)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/99

1935 Nov 12

Notes by LIDDELL HART on action near the Nahakki Pass in India, Sep 1935


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/100

1935 Nov 14-22

Notes by LIDDELL HART on talks with Lt Col John Lionel Philips and Maj Gen Frederick Elliot Hotblack, Instructor, Staff College, Camberley, 1932-35, concerning mechanisation, especially difficulties with the tracks of light tanks, and on diesel fuel


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/101

1935 Nov 15

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Col Bernard (Charles Tolver) Paget and Lt Gen Sir Ronald Forbes Adam, of Military Operations and Intelligence at the War Office on the reorganisation of the army to provide a co-ordinated defence


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/102

1935 Nov 16

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with AM Ralph Alexander Cochrane and Gp Capt Richard Hallam Peck about various defence problems including the dangers posed by the new Italian S.81 bomber to the fleet in the Mediterranean, the dubious value of an over-concentration of re-equipping the fleet with battleships, warning over the rate of German aircraft production, profiteering by arms companies, and other issues


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/103

1935 Nov 22

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Lt Gen Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles, Master General of Ordnance, War Office, at a Royal Tank Corps dinner about mechanisation, especially on the faith of Elles in old style infantry, and concerns about shortage of money for new equipment


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/104

1935 Nov 23

Note by LIDDELL HART on the new Secretary of State for War, Alfred Duff Cooper, with a cutting from The Daily Telegraph entitled, 'German Praise for Mr Duff Cooper'


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/105

1935 Nov 25

Note by LIDDELL HART on the Mediterranean security situation


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/106

1935 Nov 28

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Col Richard Nugent O'Connor concerning various defence problems, including proposals for the creation of a Ministry of Defence raised by LIDDELL HART and the Imperial Defence College, the vulnerability of Malta to attack, and on France in 1914


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/107

1935 Nov 28

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with the Rt Hon David Lloyd George, former Prime Minister, and Gen Sir Hubert Gough on various World War One personalities including FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, FM Sir Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and of Felixstowe, and on current foreign policy, including criticism by Lloyd George of the views on foreign affairs of Sir Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, and the belief of Lloyd George and Gough, that the United Kingdom should remain on friendly terms with Germany, even at the expense of the UK's relationship with the French


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/108

1935 Nov

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Capt E J C King-Salter after the latter's attachment to the German Army, on Germany army training


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/109

1935 Dec 5

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, about Alfred Duff Copper's Haig (Faber and Faber, London, 1935, 36)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/110

1935 Dec 10

Note by LIDDELL HART on the estimate of German army and air strength provided by Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to the UK


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/111

1935 Dec 10

Notes by LIDDELL HART on Japanese artillery


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/112

1935 Dec 11

Extract from a letter from Adm Sir Herbert W. Richmond concerning defence coordination and naval planning, pre-1914


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/113

1935 Dec 12

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Grp Capt Richard Hallam Peck about the location of air defence headquarters, and British army, coastal and air strength requirements


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/114

1935 Dec 12

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Lt Gen Sir Charles Bonham-Carter, Director-General of the Territorial Army, on World War One, various personalities including FM Sir Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and of Felixstowe and Maj Gen Sir Neill Malcolm, and on the Territorial Army


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/115

1935 Dec 14

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Alfred Duff Cooper, Secretary of State for War, on the Abyssinian crisis (stemming from the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, 3 Oct 1935), and on British army matters including the proposal for the creation of a Ministry of Defence, LIDDELL HART's acceptance of Duff Cooper's request for advice and assistance, the sensitivity of soldiers to criticism, and difficulties in adapting cavalry regiments to the realities of mechanisation


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/116

1935 Dec 15

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Geoffrey Dawson, editor of The Times, about the choice of Maj Gen Sir Ernest (Dunlop) Swinton as a possible Defence Minister


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/117

1935 Dec 16

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with Brig Gen Sir James Edward Edmonds, Officer in Charge of Military Branch, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, concerning the pre-World War One military situation, FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, and the British Legion


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/118

1935 Dec 18

Note by LIDDELL HART on British Army organisation and equipment, including the mechanisation of infantry divisions, the despatch of 15-inch guns for the defence of overseas naval bases, improvements in Territorial Army terms and conditions, and plans for the wartime removal of the government from London to Cardiff


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/119

1935 Dec 18

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with MRAF Lord Hugh Montague Trenchard on coordination of defence, and on defence problems, especially the role of the declining prestige of the Royal Navy, over-emphasis on battleships, and under-investment in submarines


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/120

1935 Dec 26

Notes by LIDDELL HART on a talk with Lt Col Gifford le Quesne Martel about FM Sir Archibald Armar Montgomery-Massingberd, Chief of the Imperial General Staff


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/121

1935 Dec 28

Note by LIDDELL HART on discussion with B F Ewart, about army education and on various personalities involved in army education


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/122

1935 Dec 31

Notes by LIDDELL HART taken from a summary by Grp Capt Richard Hallam Peck on various RAF personalities including ACM Sir Henry Robert Moore Brooke-Popham, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Air Defence of Great Britain, 1933-35, Inspector General of the RAF, 1935, and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East, 1935-36, and AM Sir Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Air Member for Research and Development of Air Council


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/123

1935 Dec

Notes by LIDDELL HART on FM Sir Philip Walhouse Chetwode, Commander-in-Chief, India


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/124

1935

Analysis by LIDDELL HART of army estimates


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/125

[1935]

Note by LIDDELL HART on the shortage of money for mechanisation


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/126

[1935]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the defence situation taken from recent discussions with members of the General Staff and Air Staff, especially concerning Abyssinia and the German Air Force


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/127

[1935]

Note by LIDDELL HART on Hoffman Nickerson's reasons for ignoring LIDDELL HART's writings


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/128

[1935]

Observations by LIDDELL HART on hostility to military historian Maj Gen John Frederick Charles Fuller, and the dangers of intellectual apathy among soldiers, and its converse of over-intellectualism


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/129

[1935]

Note by LIDDELL HART on various methods to improve discipline


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/131

[1935]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the Italo-Abyssinian War, and the distribution of the RAF in the Middle East


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/132-139

1935-1936

Notes by LIDDELL HART on FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, and especially Alfred Duff Cooper's biography Haig (Faber and Faber, London, 1935, 36)


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/140

[1935]

Notes by LIDDELL HART on Diaz (Toulmin, London, 1935) by Gen Alberto Baldini


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/141

1935

Notes by LIDDELL HART on the proposed Ministry of Defence, the Territorial Army, the Royal Navy and other armed forces matters


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/142

1935-1936

Notes by LIDDELL HART on War Office exercises without troops and war games in general


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/143-150

1935-1937

Various notes by LIDDELL HART on the Italo-Abyssinian War, including statistics of the troop numbers and equipment of the Italians and Abyssinians, and summary descriptions of the campaign


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/151-158

1935-1937

Various notes by LIDDELL HART on the importance of exploiting natural and artificial methods of obscuring movement on the battlefield, such as fog and smoke. With related correspondence


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/159

1935

Information collected by LIDDELL HART on Italian, Japanese and Russian tanks


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/160

1935

An unpublished article on LIDDELL HART's changing attitude to the High Command in World War One entitled 'Peccavi-Contra Veritatem. How opinions must yield to facts'


LIDDELL HART: 11/1935/161-166

1935

Notes by LIDDELL HART on The Campaign of the Marne, 1914 by Sewell T Tyng (Oxford University Press, London, printed in USA, 1935) With press cuttings on the book

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