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

Reference material, World War Two, 1939-1945

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LIDDELL HART: 15/4/218-228 War at Sea, 1939-1945. Papers dated 1939-1968


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/218

1939 Sep-1940 Dec

Newspaper cuttings relating to the war at sea, Sep 1939-Dec 1940, including sinking of HMS ROYAL OAK anchored at Scapa Flow, Orkney islands, by German U-boat, 14 Oct 1939; sinking of armed-merchant cruiser HMS RAWALPINDI in North Atlantic by German battlecruiser SCHARNHORST, 23 Nov 1939; Battle of River Plate and scuttling of German 'pocket battleship' ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE, 13-17 Dec 1939; rescue of captured Allied seamen, held aboard German supply ship ALTMARK in Jössenfjord, Norway, by crewmen from HMS COSSACK, commanded by Capt Philip Vian RN, 16 Feb 1940; aircraft carrier HMS GLORIOUS sunk by SCHARNHORST off Norway, 8 Jun 1940; French warships anchored at Mers-el-Kébir and Oran, Algeria, bombarded by RN to prevent their use by Axis forces, 3 Jul 1940; French battleship RICHELIEU torpedoed by aircraft from HMS HERMES at Dakar, Senegal, 5 Jul 1940; appointment of Adm John Cronyn Tovey as Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, 17 Oct 1940; Italian warships, anchored at Taranto, attacked by aircraft from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, 11 Nov 1940. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/219

1939-1944

Newspaper cuttings relating to merchant shipping losses, 1939-1944, German U-boat losses, 1939-1944, and numbers of new merchant ships constructed, 1939-1944. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/220

1939-1965

Papers relating to the war at sea, 1939-1945, including typescript statement of RN expenditure and receipts, 1939-1943; typescript comparison of numbers of British, German and French ships in service at the outbreak of World War Two, 15 Apr 1940; letter to LIDDELL HART from Sir Francis Martin Rouse Walshe, MD, discussing the impact of serious illness on the wartime careers of Adm Sir Roger Roland Charles Backhouse and AF Sir (Alfred) Dudley (Pickman Rogers) Pound, 5 Nov 1965. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/221

1940-1944

Newspaper cuttings relating to formation and training of Commando and Airborne forces, raids on occupied Europe, Combined Operations, 1940-1944, including appointment of AF Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes as Director, Combined Operations, Jul 1940; Operation CLAYMORE, raid on Lofoten islands, Norway, 4 Mar 1941; replacement of AF Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes as Advisor, Combined Operations by Cdre Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, Oct 1941; Operation ARCHERY, raid on Vaagso and Lofoten islands, Norway, 27 Dec 1941; airborne operation on German radar installation at Bruneval, France, 27 Feb 1942; appointment of V Adm Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten as Chief of Combined Operations, 18 Mar 1942; Combined Operations raid on dock facilities at St Nazaire, France, 27 Mar 1942. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/222

1940-1945

Newspaper cuttings relating to careers and speeches made by AF Rt Hon Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield of Ditchling, Minister for Co-ordination of Defence, 1939-1940; AF Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes, Director, Combined Operations, 1940-1941; Rt Hon Albert Victor Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1940-1946. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/223

1940-1968

Publications relating to the war at sea, 1939-1945, including booklet by Richard William Barnes Clarke Britain's blockade (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940); article by Capt J E Harriman, US Army, entitled 'Submarine mines, their purpose, characteristics and operation' from Army Ordnance, Mar-Apr 1940; article by Capt Russell Grenfell, RN, entitled 'The HOOD and the BISMARCK: the hunting of the BISMARCK' from Atlantic Monthly, Jul 1949; article by German V Adm Leo Kreisch entitled 'The U-boat war in the Mediterranean 1941-1944, Part 2' from Irish defence journal An Cosantóir, Sep 1950; article in French by Jacques Mordal entitled 'L'attaque de Dakar' from Miroir de L'Histoire, Oct 1955; article by Dana Prescott entitled 'Man who sank the ROYAL OAK' from Everybody's, 16 Mar 1957; article by V Adm Sir Peter (William) Gretton entitled 'Victory in the Atlantic' from Navy, May 1968. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/224

1941

Newspaper cuttings relating to the war at sea, 1941, including Battle of the Atlantic, 1941; Operation CLAYMORE, Commando raid on Lofoten islands, Norway, 4 Mar 1941; German battlecruisers SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU avoid RN blockade and reach the Atlantic, Mar 1941; Battle of Cape Matapan, off southern Greece, between RN and Italian naval forces, 28 Mar 1941; sinking of battlecruiser HMS HOOD in north Atlantic by German battleship BISMARCK, 24 May 1941; Fleet Air Arm aircraft from HMS ARK ROYAL torpedo and damage BISMARCK, 26 May 1941; BISMARCK sunk by units of Home Fleet, 27 May 1941; Malta convoys, Sep-Dec 1941; sinking of aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL in Mediterranean, 14 Nov 1941. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/225

1942

Newspaper cuttings relating to the war at sea, 1942, including Arctic convoys to USSR, 1942; Battle of the Atlantic, 1942; announcement of the sinking, on 25 Nov 1941, of the battleship HMS BARHAM in the Mediterranean, Jan 1942; Kriegsmarine launch Operation CERBERUS, the 'Channel dash' from Brest, France, to Germany, by battlecruisers SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU and cruiser PRINZ EUGEN, 11 Feb 1942; appointment of Adm Sir James Fowns Somerville as Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet, 13 Apr 1942; sinking of cruiser HMS EDINBURGH, escorting Arctic convoy, 2 May 1942; sinking of aircraft carrier HMS EAGLE in Mediterranean, 11 Aug 1942. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/226

1943-1944

Newspaper cuttings relating to the war at sea, 1943-1944, including Arctic convoys to USSR, 1943-1944; Battle of the Atlantic, 1943-1944; replacement of Adm Sir John Cronyn Tovey as Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet by Adm Sir Bruce Austin Fraser, Mar 1943; development of escort aircraft carriers, May 1943; Operation SOURCE, German battleship TIRPITZ damaged in Atenfjord, Norway, attacked by X-craft midget submarines, 22 Sep 1943; replacement of AF Sir (Alfred) Dudley (Pickman Rogers) Pound as First Sea Lord by AF Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham, 4 Oct 1943; German battlecruiser SCHARNHORST sunk in Battle of North Cape by HMS DUKE OF YORK, HMS JAMAICA and 10 Cruiser Sqn, Home Fleet, 26 Dec 1943; Fleet Air Arm aircraft from HMS FURIOUS and HMS VICTORIOUS attack TIRPITZ in Altenfjord, Norway, 3 Apr 1944; appointment of Adm Sir Bruce Austin Fraser as Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet, Dec 1944. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/227

1945

Newspaper cuttings relating to the war at sea, 1945, including Arctic convoys to USSR, 1945; Battle of the Atlantic, 1945; announcement of the Nov 1944 launch of new battleship HMS VANGUARD, Mar 1945; agreement on post-war size of RN fleet and US fleet, Sep 1945. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 15/4/228

1946-1968

Newspaper cuttings and book reviews relating to the war at sea, 1939-1945, including Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-1945; Arctic convoys to USSR, 1942-1945; death of Adm Sir Dudley Burton Napier North, 16 May 1961, and relieved of command, 15 Oct 1940, as Flag Officer North Atlantic, for allowing Vichy ships through the Straits of Gibraltar; AF Sir (Alfred) Dudley (Pickman Rogers) Pound's scatter order, of 5 Jul 1942, to Arctic convoy PQ17, resulting in serious losses in merchant ships, Oct 1960; Italian 'human torpedo' attack of 19 Dec 1941 on battleships HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS VALIANT, anchored at Alexandria, Egypt, Apr 1949. 2 files

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