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

Reference material, World War Two, 1939-1945

References on this page: LIDDELL HART: 15/4/1-10

LIDDELL HART: 15/4/1 Events leading to the outbreak of World War Two, Aug-Sep 1939; papers dated Aug-Sep 1939


1939 Aug-Sep

Newspaper cuttings relating to military, political and diplomatic events before and after the outbreak of World War Two, including German-Soviet Treaty of Non-aggression, the Nazi-Soviet Pact, 23 Aug 1939; signing of Anglo-Polish Agreement of Mutual Assistance, 25 Aug 1939; German invasion of Poland and British and French ultimatum for German forces to withdraw, 1 Sep 1939; declaration of war by Great Britain and France, 3 Sep 1939; announcement of members of War Cabinet and senior officers appointed to command units of British Expeditionary Force, 4 Sep 1939; deployment of British Expeditionary Force, commanded by Gen John Standish Surtees Prendergast Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, to France, 10 Sep 1939; Soviet invasion of Poland, 17 Sep 1939; sinking of British aircraft carrier, HMS COURAGEOUS, by German U-boat off south-west Ireland, 17 Sep 1939; surrender of Warsaw, 27 Sep 1939; Soviet-German Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation and Demarcation, and the partition of Poland, 28 Sep 1939. 4 files

LIDDELL HART: 15/4/2-4 Poland, 1939-1945. Papers dated 1914-1971



Papers relating to Poland, 1939-1945, including letter to LIDDELL HART from German Gen Günther Blumentritt discussing Polish campaign, 3 May 1947; letters, dated 5-31 May 1939, to LIDDELL HART from Stanley Washburn, special correspondent for The Times, Eastern Front, Oct 1914-Aug 1915, with details of Polish terrain and sending World War One Russian maps; Russian staff map of Warsaw front and Bzura line, annotated with front-line for Battle of Lodz, 11-25 Nov 1914 (Petrograd, 1914) scale 1:126,720; Russian map of Rovno area, Ukraine, annotated with front-line for Brusilov offensive, 4-23 Jun 1916 (Petrograd, 1916) scale 1:672,000. 1 file



Newspaper cuttings relating to Poland 1939-1945, including German invasion and conquest, Sep 1939; massacre of Poles at Katyn Forest, near Smolensk, USSR, Apr-May 1940; German treatment of Poles, 1941-1944; the Polish resistance movement and the Warsaw risings, Apr-May 1943, Aug-Oct 1944. 4 files



Publications relating to Katyn Forest massacre and Soviet-Polish relations including US Congressional reports on the Katyn Forest massacre, 1952; typescript article by Jan Walewski, vice-chairman of the Republic of Poland, Polish Government in exile, on twenty-second anniversary of the massacre, Apr 1962; booklet entitled Soviet-Polish relations, a collection of official documents, 1944-1946 (Soviet News, London, 1946). 1 file

LIDDELL HART: 15/4/5-6 Finland, 1939-1945. Papers dated 1939-1966



Newspaper cuttings relating to Finnish-Soviet War, 1939-1940, Finnish involvement in Operation BARBAROSSA, the German invasion of USSR, and subsequent German operations in USSR, 1941-1944, Finnish operations against Germany, 1944-1945. 3 files



Papers relating to Finland, 1939-1945, including typescript booklet, 'Finland', (Union of Democratic Control, London, 1940); notes on the Finnish-Soviet Campaign, probably by LIDDELL HART, 20 Mar 1940; booklet, The Soviet-Finnish Campaign by Maj Arthur Hooper (Arthur Hooper, London, 1940); four articles, 'Studies of the Finnish War, 1941-1944' by German Gen Waldemar Erfurth, including 'Recollections of Marshal Mannerheim', from Irish defence journal, An Cosantóir, Jun-Sep 1951; notes, probably by LIDDELL HART, on Maj Gen Sir Charles Clarkson Martin Maynard's book The Murmansk Venture (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1928). 1 file

LIDDELL HART: 5/4/7-10 Norway, 1940-1945. Papers dated 1940-1970



Newspaper cuttings relating to the German invasion of Norway, Apr 1940, Norwegian campaign, Apr-Jun 1940 and the German occupation of Norway, 1940-1945. 3 files



Papers relating to Norway, 1940-1945, including typescript copies of defence reports by Gen Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, Gen Maxime Weygand and Edouard Daladier, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, 5 May 1939-28 May 1940, in French; Royal Norwegian Government press release on visit to north Norway by Justice Minister, Terje Wold, reporting conditions in newly liberated Finnmark, 2 Dec 1944; typescript copies of newspaper articles on Nuremberg Trials detailing evidence relating to Norway, Nov 1945-May 1946; essay by US Lt Col James Bassett, Georgetown University, 'An example of extended strategy, the invasion of Norway', 1 Mar 1948; report by Helga Stene on non-violent resistance to the German occupation of Norway, 1940-1945, for Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, seventeenth International Congress, Denmark, 18-24 Aug 1968. 1 file



Papers relating to career of Vidkun Quisling, leader of the Norwegian Fascist National Union Party and Minister-President of Norway, Feb 1942-May 1945, including letter, dated 21 Oct 1969, from Ralph Hewins to LIDDELL HART discussing Hewins' book, Quisling, prophet without honour (W H Allen, London, 1965) and typescript account of wartime Norway entitled 'The Norwegian war effort, a re-examination by Ralph Hewins', [1969]. 1 file



Publications relating to Norwegian campaign, Apr-Jun 1940 and German occupation of Norway, 1940-1945, including booklet, Secret history of 1939-1940, the Norwegian Campaign by Cdr Stephen King-Hall RN (Chiswick Press, London, 1946); article on German operations on Finnish-Soviet frontier, 1 Jul 1941, entitled 'Combat Group Behle', by German Lt Gen Kurt Dittmar, commander of 169 Infantry Div, from Irish defence journal, An Cosantóir, Sep 1951; three editions of Supplement to the London Gazette, 28 May 1946, 1 and 8 Jul 1947, on operations in Norway, 1940, including despatches by AF William Henry Dudley Boyle, 12th Earl of Cork and Orrery, RN Flag Officer at Narvik, Lt Gen Hugh Royds Stokes Massy, Commander-in-Chief, North Western Expeditionary Force and R Adm Ronald Hamilton Curzon Hallifax, commanding Home Fleet Destroyers. 1 file


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