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

Reference material: postwar, 1945-1970, Papers, 1927-1972

References on this page: LIDDELL HART: 15/5/114-171


Liddell Hart: 15/5/114-125 Armed forces man power and appointments, 1937-1964


Liddell Hart: 15/5/114

1937-1955

Newspaper cuttings and papers relating to recruitment, conscription and national service, 1937-1955 including National Service Bill, Mar 1947, proposing scheme of compulsory service for British male subjects between 18 and 26 years; plans announced by FM Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, in May 1948 for a national army consisting of Regulars, those on national service and a Territoral Army; recruitment crisis in the Royal Navy and RAF, Nov 1954. With 'In brief, conscription' by Daniel Webster and Liddell Hart (Foundation for Economic Education, New York, Oct 1953). 4 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/115

1945 May-1946 Nov

Papers relating to the No Conscription Council, formed in Jun 1945 for the abolition of military and industrial conscription, 1945-1946, including correspondence with and invitations to Liddell Hart to meetings. With publications issued by the No Conscription Council including '? Conscription after the war' by J Allen Skinner and 'Citizenship and conscription' by Leyton Richards (Kenion Press, Slough, [1945]); 'Willing service or compulsion' by Liddell Hart (Swindon Press, Swindon, [1946]). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/116

1945-1959

Newspaper cuttings relating to pay and pensions in the armed forces, 1945-1954, including resignations by 1000 officers in 18 months over pay and conditions, Nov 1948; increases in pay up to 75%, Aug 1950; criticism of officers' pensions, Jan 1953; changes in government policy and increases in pensions in 1954 and 1959. With 'The officers' case, the case for the equitable treatment of officers of the armed forces with regard to their retired pay and their widows' pensions', prepared by the Officers' Pensions Society (Proberts Printers Ltd, London, and Southend, Nov 1954). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/117

1945-1953,1962-1970

Newspaper cuttings relating to the Army, 1945-1970, including strike by 13 Parachute Bn, 6 Airborne Div, at Muar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, and sentence of two years' imprisonment with hard labour and discharge, later quashed, 1946; disposal of ammunition left over from World War Two, May 1949; history of the Small Arms School at Hythe, Kent, on its centenary, Feb 1953; plans to reduce Regular Army to 140,000, Jan 1962; plans for reorganisation of army communications, including battlefield communications, Sep 1962; profile of the Chieftain tank, Jan 1966; plans to reduce Gurkha Brigade to 10,000, Dec 1966. 3 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/118

1946-1948

Papers relating to military training, 1946-1948, including 'Military training areas in the United Kingdom' by Capt Cyril Bentham Falls in the Illustrated London News, 20 Jul 1946; appointment of the first Director-General of Military Training, Maj Gen Colin (Bishop) Callander, Jan 1948; typescript articles 'Training, standardisation means simplification' undated, by Brig Edward Cecil Neville Custance, Amoured Fighting Vehicle school, and 'Notes on "appreciations"', author unknown, on the training of RAC personnel, [1948]. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/119

1946-1959

Newspaper cuttings relating to senior defence personnel and appointments, 1946-1959, including AF Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma; FM Sir Allan Francis (John) Harding; Gen Sir George James Giffard; Lt Gen Sir Brian Hubert Robertson; Gen Sir Richard Nelson Gale; Gen Sir Francis Leycester Festing. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/120

1946-1950,1967-1969

Newspaper cuttings relating to the infantry, 1946-1969, including reorganisation into fifteen administrative Corps, Oct 1946; 'What's become of the infantry?' by Beverly Smith in the Saturday Evening Post, Sep 1949; plans for reorganisation from fifteen brigades into six divisions, May 1967. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/121

1946-1969

Papers relating to the Territorial Army, 1946-1969, including War Office plans for the recruitment publicity campaign, 1948; 'The National Army of Britain, notes for speakers on the campaign for the recruitment of the voluntary element of the Territorial Army' issued by the War Office, Jul 1948; The Times Territorial Army supplement, 21 Oct 1952; typescript article 'The Territorial Army of today, why it is dying and how it might be revived' by Col Robert Stuart Macrae, 1954; History Today, Mar 1966 including article 'The Territorial Army in peace and war' by Brian James Bond, and copy typescript. 2 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/122

1948 Aug-1952 Dec

Press releases and papers issued by the War Office, 1948-1952, including text of speeches by FM Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein in Aug 1948 at Blackpool, Lancashire on National Service and at Blackpool and Fylde Agricultural Show on food production targets; senior military appointments and biographical notes, including Gen Sir Neil Methuen Ritchie, Gen Sir Allan Francis (John) Harding, Lt Gen John Francis Martin Whiteley, Lt Gen Sir Robert Mansergh and Gen Sir Brian Hubert Robertson; schedules for army manoeuvres and exercises, including MERRY WIDOW, involving assault crossings of the Thames at Pangbourne, Berkshire, Sep 1951; list of personnel involved in the trial of FM Fritz von Manstein in Hamburg, Aug 1949; recruitment statistics for the Territorial Army, 1949-1950; text of broadcast for BBC Home Service 'The mark of greatness' by FM Sir William Joseph Slim, Jan 1951. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/123

1953 Jan-1956 Jul

Press releases and papers issued by the War Office, 1953-1956, including senior military appointments and biographical notes on Maj Gen (James Newton) Rodney Moore, Lt Gen Sir Charles Falkland Loewen, Maj Gen Joseph Howard Nigel Poett, Lt Gen Sir Francis Leycester Festing, Gen George (Watkin Ebden James) Erskine, Gen Sir Gerald (Walter Robert) Templer, Gen Sir (E C) Robert Mansergh; monthly statistics on recruitment, arranged by corps and regiment; 'Future management of the Suez Canal Base' statement issued by the War Office, 20 Oct 1954; notes on the history of the Victoria Cross, for centenary celebrations, Nov 1955. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/124

1956-1964

Newspaper cuttings and papers relating to recruitment, conscription and national service, 1956-1964, including 'bull' in the army, standards of discipline, cleanliness and tidiness, 1956; report of the Committee on the Employment of National Service Men, including recommendations on training, accommodation and recruitment procedure, Dec 1956; Government consideration of proposed defence cuts of £200 million, Jan 1958; outline of plans in Jun 1960 for recruitment of between 165,000 and 180,000 regulars by end of 1962; recruitment of 165,000 men to regular army, Aug 1962. With Report of the advisory committee on recruiting (HMSO, London, Oct 1958). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/125

1963-1967

Newspaper cuttings relating to proposed changes to functions of the Ministry of Defence and service departments, 1963-1964, including abolition of the Admiralty, War Office and Air Ministry and lower status of First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretaries of State for War and Air within a new unified Ministry of Defence, Mar 1963; plans for further unification of the services by Minister of Defence, Denis Winston Healey, 1966-1967, but continued system of chiefs of staff for the three services. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/126-131 Royalty, 1937 -1969


Liddell Hart: 15/5/126

1937-1952

Newspaper cuttings on the British royal family, 1937-1952, including death and funeral of King George V, Feb 1952. With The coronation of their majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth official souvenir programme for 12 May 1937 (Odhams Press Limited, London, 1937); issues of Picture Post and Illustrated, 23 Feb 1952 covering funeral of King George VI. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/127

1948-1962

Newspaper cuttings on foreign royalty, 1948-1962, including King Gustav VI of Sweden, Jun 1954; King Frederik and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, Nov 1955. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/128

1953

Newspaper cuttings on the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Jun 1953. With issues of Picture Post, 13 Jun 1953, Illustrated, 13 Jun 1953 and The Illustrated London News, 6 Jun 1953. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/129

1953-1959

Newspaper cuttings on the British royal family, 1953-1959, including relationship between Princess Margaret with Gp Capt Peter Townsend, 1953-1958; criticisms of Queen Elizabeth II by John Edward Poynder Grigg, 2nd Baron Altrincham and by (Thomas) Malcolm Muggeridge, Aug-Oct 1957; reviews of Queen Mary by James Pope-Hennessey (Allen and Unwin, 1959). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/130

1960-1964

Newspaper cuttings on the British royal family, 1960-1964, including wedding of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, May 1960; wedding of Duke of Kent and Katharine Worsley, Jun 1961; conferring of earldom on Anthony Armstrong-Jones, husband of Princess Margaret, titled 1st Earl of Snowdon, Oct 1961; criticisms of the press by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Mar 1962. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/131

1963-1969

Newspaper cuttings and magazine articles on the British royal family, 1963-1969, including profile of Queen Elizabeth II in The Observer, Nov 1967; profile of Prince Charles in The Observer, Jun 1969; memoirs of Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, Duke of Windsor, published in the Daily Express, 27 Jun 1969; investiture of Prince Charles as 21st Prince of Wales, Jul 1969. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/132-133 Civil aviation andRAF, 1941-1970


Liddell Hart: 15/5/132

1941-1970

Newspaper cuttings on civil aviation, 1941-1970, including International Aviation Conference at Chicago, Illinois, USA, Nov 1944, to draw up charter for international air transport after World War Two; crash of British Overseas Airways Corporation Comet jet in Mediterranean, Jan 1954, with death of Reginald William Winchester (Chester) Wilmot; 'Concorde a special report' by Arthur Reed in The Times, 4 Mar 1969, on the Anglo-French supersonic airliner; and arrival of first Boeing 747 'jumbo jet' named Constitution, Jan 1970. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/133

1945-1969

Newspaper cuttings and articles relating to aviation, 1945-1969,, in particular the Royal Air Force, including Exercise DAGGER, British and US mock air war, Sep 1948; English Electric Canberra I, UK's first jet bomber, Aug 1949; aircraft capable of vertical take-off, including Convair XFY-1 and SC1, 1956-1963; Operation PROSPECT, conference on the future of the RAF, May 1958; Tactical Strike Reconnaissance nuclear bomber, known as TSR-2, 1960-1966 and cancellation of production, Apr 1965; orders for Super VC-10 by British Overseas Airways Corporation, Jul 1964; failure of plans to build Concorde, Nov 1964; scrapping of RAF Vickers Valiant V-bombers, Jan 1965; possible selection of American F 111 as replacement for TSR-2, Apr 1964 and cancellation of order, Jan 1967. With typescript copy of article by Jac Weller 'Helicopters and their use in the British infantry', 1969. 6 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/134-143 Espionage and corruption,1943-1968


Liddell Hart: 15/5/134

1940-1967

Newspaper cuttings on plots, sabotage and spies, 1940-1967, including plot by Wehrmacht officers in 1939 to kidnap Hitler and sue for peace; detention of Capt Archibald Henry Maule Ramsay, Conservative MP, under defence regulations, 1940-1944; kidnap of Dr Otto John, West German intelligence chief formerly involved in the plot to kill Hitler in Jul 1944, Jul 1958; articles in The Sunday Times, Apr 1958 on wartime service of Special Air Service, led by (Archibald) David Stirling. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/135

1943-1967

Newspaper cuttings on trial and execution of William Joyce, also known as Lord Haw-Haw, for high treason, Sep 1945; trial and execution of John Amery, 1945; Guy Francis de Moncy Burgess, Donald Duart Maclean, British diplomats who defected to the USSR in 1951, and Harold Adrian Russell (Kim) Philby, British diplomat who defected to USSR in 1963, suspected of working for Soviet intelligence services. 2 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/136

1949

Newspaper cuttings on the Lynskey Tribunal report on alleged corruption in the civil service, leading to resignation of John William Belcher, Parliamentary Secretary of the Board of Trade; libel case brought by Victor Kravchenko, author, against the Communist weekly Les Lettres Francaises; controversy over speech made by Prof John Desmond Bernal in Moscow in praise of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin; release of Gerhard Eisler following refusal of extradition to USA. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/137

1950-1958

Newspaper cuttings on Dr Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs, atom scientist jailed for selling information to the USSR, 1950-1958; refusal to allow Dr Joseph Cort, American former Communist, to remain in UK, Jul 1954; articles on Alger Hiss, imprisoned in USA for perjury, Jan 1950, in denying handing documents to a Communist agent; suspension due to security review of Dr (Julius) Robert Oppenheimer by the Atomic Energy Commission, Apr 1954. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/138

1950-1961

Newspaper cuttings on security services in the UK, including article on M15, Mar 1953. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/139

1954

Newspaper cuttings on US Senator Joseph Raymond McCarthy, including report of special Senate Committee on charges of misconduct. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/140

1954-1955

Newspaper cuttings on espionage in Australia,1954-1955, including granting of asylum to Vladimir Mikhailovich Petrov, third secretary at the Soviet Embassy, Apr 1954. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/141

1957-1964

Newspaper cuttings on wire tapping, 1957-1964, including report of committee of Privy Councillors justifying power to intercept telephone conversations, Nov 1957. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/142

1961

Newspaper cuttings on George Blake, Government official jailed for spying for USSR in May 1961, and investigation into security breaches at the Underwater Detection Establishment at Portland, Dorset, led by Rt Hon Sir Charles Robert Ritchie Romer, Jun 1961. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/143

1962-1968

Newspaper cuttings on the Vassall Tribunal inquiring into employment of spy William John Vassall in the Admiralty; release from prison of Barbara Fell, civil servant convicted of passing documents to official at Yugoslavian Embassy, Feb 1964; report of the Standing Security Commission, Jul 1965 following convictions of Frank Brossard and Staff Sgt Percy Allen under the Official Secrets Act; 'D' notice system on new procedures for advising the media on national security, 1967; investigation into claims by Col Philippe Thiraud de Vosjoly that the French government was infiltrated by a Soviet agent, Apr 1968. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/144-145 Guerrilla and unconventional warfare, 1944-1964


Liddell Hart: 15/5/144

1944-1964

Newspaper cuttings and book reviews relating to guerrilla and unconventional warfare, 1944-1964, including series of five articles by Lt Col Vladimir Peniakoff ['Popski'] entitled 'Popski's own story' on the World War Two exploits of 'Popski's Private Army' in North Africa and Italy, from the News Chronicle, 9-13 Dec 1946; article by Alex Comfort entitled 'On defending a telephone exchange' from The New Statesman and Nation, 6 Nov 1948; appointment of Gen Sir Miles (Christopher) Dempsey as Commander-in-Chief, UK land Forces, 1 May 1951. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/145

1946-1963

Publications relating to guerrilla and unconventional warfare, 1946-1963, including article by Henry Rollin entitled 'The battle for French freedom. The Communists in the Liberation and after' from Free Europe, Sep 1946; article by Hon Christopher Montague Woodhouse entitled 'Prolegomena to a study of resistance' from The Nineteenth Century and After, Nov 1948; two articles by Brooks McClure entitled 'Warfare without rules' from An Cosantóir, the Irish Defence Journal, May-Jun 1950; interview with Dr Vladimir Poremsky entitled 'Fanning the flames of revolution in Soviet Russia', reprinted from US News and World Report, Jun 1956; article by 'a former Soviet-Russian officer' entitled 'Atomic war and partisans' from Military Review, Jun 1957; article by Irish Capt W J O'Flynn entitled 'Guerilla warfare is out' from An Cosantóir, Nov 1959; article by Theodor Arnold entitled 'The technique of the revolutionary war' from Bulletin. Institute for the study of the USSR, Nov 1960; article by Raymond Leonard Garthoff entitled 'Unconventional warfare in Communist strategy', reprinted from Foreign Affairs, Jul 1962; article by Irish Maj Florence O'Donoghue entitled 'Guerrilla warfare in Ireland 1919-1921' from An Cosantóir, May 1963. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/146-159 British military bases,1944-1969


Liddell Hart: 15/5/146

1944-1957

Newspaper cuttings on British colonial policy, 1944-1957, including demand of the House of Keys, Parliament of the Isle of Man, for Home Rule, Jan 1944; Commonwealth Conference, Apr 1949; exiling of Seretse Khama, chieftain-designate of Bamangwato tribe, from the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Mar 1950-Mar 1952. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/147

1948-1958

Newspaper cuttings relating to Cyprus, 1948-1958, including introduction of sedition laws to curb Enosis, the Greek Cypriot movement for union with Greece, Aug 1954; appointment of FM Sir (Allan Francis) John Harding as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Cyprus, Sep 1955; deportation of Mikhail Khristodou Mouskos, Archbishop Makarios III of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus, to the Seychelles, following breakdown in negotiations over union with Greece, Mar 1956; offer of surrender terms to militant wing of Enosis movement, EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston), Aug 1956; suspected links between Makarios and EOKA, Aug 1956; EOKA offer to suspend operations on the release of Makarios and his release, Mar 1957; hostile reception by Greek and Turkish governments of plan for future of Cyprus, aiming to give Cyprus opportunity for association with the UK, Greece and Turkey, Jun 1958; call for truce by Col George Theodoros Grivas, leader of EOKA, Aug 1958; charges of breakdown in discipline amongst British troops in Famagusta, Oct 1958, following murder of British woman. With Turkey and Cyprus, a survey of the Cyprus question with official statements of the Turkish viewpoint, issued by the Press Attaché's Office, Turkish Embassy (John Roberts Press Ltd, London, 1956) and The Turkish people of Cyprus by Adrian Seligman, issued by the Press Attaché's Office, Turkish Embassy (Broadwater Press, Hertfordshire, 1956). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/148

1949-1950,1957-1958

Newspaper cuttings relating to Hong Kong,1949-1958, including transfer of 40 Div to frontier of British-controlled New Territories and China, Sep 1949, following reports of Chinese army massing 175 miles north of Hong Kong; transfer of two brigades from the garrison to Malaya, Jul 1950. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/149

1949-1969

Newspaper cuttings relating to Gibraltar, 1949-1969, including background to Spanish claims to the island, Jan 1954; customs and passport restrictions imposed by the Spanish Government on the Gibraltar frontier, 1965; Anglo-Spanish negotiations on Gibraltar, 1966; Spanish airspace as prohibited zone at Gibraltar, May 1967; referendum by residents of Gibraltar to retain links with UK or transfer to Spanish sovereignty, Sep 1967, resulting in vote for continued British links; withdrawal of Spanish workforce following closure of frontier by Spanish government, Jun 1969, in reaction to British constitution continuing Gibraltar's colonial status. With part of galley proof of article 'Gibraltar' by Sir Charles (Alexander) Petrie, 3rd Baronet of Carrowcarden [1955]. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/150

1955-1969

Newspaper cuttings and articles relating to British military bases, 1955-1969, including transfer of Royal Navy base at Simonstown to South Africa, Jul 1955; guide to British naval bases in the Far East, Apr 1956; creation of Middle East command at Aden, to be administered from London rather than Cyprus, Nov 1957; dispute over RAF staging base on Gan island, Addu Atoll, Maldives, 1959-1965, including terms of the lease of Gan and rent, British recognition of Maldivian sovereignty over Gan, 1960, and agreement for British use of the island to 1984, 1965; plans for withdrawal of troops from Kenya, following Kenyan independence, Dec 1963; summary of defence policy and British bases east of Suez, Jun 1966; plans for withdrawal of troops from Libya, Dec 1969. With copy typescript article 'The British re-value their strategic bases' by US Lt Col DeWitt C Armstrong, Apr 1959; 'The significance of Aden' by William Frank Gutteridge in British Army Review, Sep 1959; typescript article 'Oversea bases' by Liddell Hart, Aug 1961. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/151

1957-1965

Newspaper cuttings relating to Singapore and Malaya, 1957-1965, including victory of Lee Kuan Yew of People's Action party in the legislative assembly, Singapore, Jun 1959; creation of Malaysia Federation, Nov 1961, and retention by UK of military bases in Singapore; plans for amphibious joint service task force base east of Suez, Feb 1962; independence of Singapore from Malaysia, Aug 1965, and negotiations over future of British bases in Singapore. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/152

1959-1967

Newspaper cuttings relating to Cyprus, 1959-1967, including tripartite conference in London, Feb 1959, to secure terms for peace, creating an independent republic of Cyprus, and retention of two British Sovereign Base Areas, at Episkopi and Dhekelia, Jul 1960; unrest between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Feb 1964, and arrival of UN peacekeeping force, Mar 1964; rocket attacks by Turkish Air Force jets on Greek Cypriot areas in the north-east, Aug 1964; assumption of command of Greek Cypriot National Guard and security forces by Gen George Theodoros Grivas, Aug 1964. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/153

1962-1968

Newspaper cuttings mainly relating to the British Army of the Rhine,1962-1968, including plan to increase British troops in Germany to 55,000, Jun 1962; friction in Minden between troops and German civilians, and damage by troops to civilian property in Soltau, Jun 1962; agreement between UK and USA on the reduction of troops, Apr 1967. With 'Strategic thinking in Europe, reflections on Spearpoint and Bootjack' by Anthony Verrier in Royal United Services Institute Journal, May 1962. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/154

1962-1968

Newspaper cuttings relating to Aden, 1962-1968, including proposal for unitary state of Aden and South Arabia, Dec 1964; fighting between the National Liberation Front and the Front for the Liberation of Occupied South Yemen, Sep 1967, over proposed coalition government of Aden; acceleration of plans for withdrawal of British troops from Aden, Oct 1967; political situation in Aden, Jan 1968, following establishment of government by National Liberation Front. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/155

1963, 1967-1969

Newspaper cuttings relating to Simonstown naval base, near Capetown, South Africa, 1963-1969, including debate over possible change in policy of banning arms supplies to South Africa, 1967-1969. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/156

1964-1968

Newspaper cuttings relating to Malta, 1964-1968, including proposed terms of independence constitution, Jul 1964, involving British rights to use airfield at Valletta and to station armed forces; Maltese agreement to reduction of troops, Mar 1967. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/157

1967-1968

Newspaper cuttings relating to controversy over plans to establish RAF base on Indian Ocean island of Aldabra, 1967-1968, in particular effects on the environment, and possible danger to aircraft by the frigate bird. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/158

1969 Mar-Apr

Newspaper cuttings relating to British military action in Anguilla, eastern Caribbean, in Mar 1969 following the proclamation of the Republic of Anguilla, Jan, by self-styled President Robert Webster and expelling of British peace delegation; appointment of Anthony Lee as British Commissioner, and retention of Webster as the island's leader. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/159

1969

Newspaper cuttings relating to Northern Ireland, 1969, including 'Ulster: history's blind alley' by Alexander Cockburn in the New Statesman, 3 Jan 1969; rioting in Bogside, Londonderry, 14-15 Aug 1969, and clashes between Nationalists and the Royal Ulster Constabulary and part time B Specials police. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/160-171 British defence policy, 1946-1969, including nuclear deterrence


Liddell Hart: 15/5/160

1940-1951

Newspaper cuttings relating to imperial defence, 1940-1951, including 'The changing strategical problems of the British Empire' by Gerald Sandford Graham, reprinted from the Annual Report of the American Historical Association (1942, 1944); proposed strategic dispersal of military and industrial resources and manpower within the Commonwealth, Apr 1946. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/161

1946-1955

Newspaper cuttings and articles relating to British defence policy, 1946-1954, including three month delay in rate of demobilisation, Sep 1948; formation of a Commonwealth Division from all British Empire forces serving under the UN in Korea, Feb 1951; plans for replacement of .303 inch calibre Lee Enfield rifle with the .280 inch calibre E M (Enfield Model) 2 rifle, Apr 1951, and replacement of the latter with the Belgian F N (Fabrique Nationale) 7·62mm self-loading rifle; plans for surface-to-air guided anti-aircraft missile, Feb 1952; Army Bill to revise military law and end death penalty for cowardice, Dec 1954. 4 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/162

1953-1964

Newspaper cuttings and journal articles relating to development of new weapons and equipment, 1953-1964, including Saracen, wheeled armoured personnel carrier, 1953; French pontoon bridges, 1959; trials of Malkara anti-tank guided missiles, Lulworth Cove, Dorset, 1960; 'Tanks and vertical envelopment' by Robert and John Forsyth in the Marine Corps Gazette, Feb 1962; 'Air assault vehicles for anti-guerilla war' by Anthony Harrigan in An Cosantoir, the Irish Defence Journal, Aug 1964. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/163

1955-1958

Newspaper cuttings and articles relating to defence policy, 1955-1958, including announcement of development and production of the hydrogen bomb in Britain, Feb 1955; call by the Labour Party for an inquiry into the length of National Service, Apr 1955; Exercise FULLHOUSE, trial changes to armoured and infantry divisions in British Army of the Rhine to adapt to nuclear war, Sep 1955; reduction in number of those registering for National Service, Oct 1955; discussion on abolition of RAF Fighter Command, Mar 1956; plans for £500 million cuts in defence spending, Jul 1956; plans for reduction in strength of Army to 165,000 officers and men and amalgamation of regiments, Jul 1957. 6 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/164

1955-1959

Journal articles and booklets relating to British defence, 1955-1959, including The Daily Mirror spotlight on the defence of Great Britain by William Neil Connor and Sydney Jacobson (Daily Mirror Newspapers Ltd, 1955); Report on defence, Britain's contribution to peace and security (HMSO, London, Feb 1958); 'Future of armed bombers' by Gen Curtis E LeMay in An Cosantoir; the Irish Defence Journal, Oct 1958; Progress of the five-year defence plan (HMSO, London, Feb 1959); copy typescript of 'The myth of the independent deterrent' by Patrick Lort-Phillips, 1959. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/165

1957

Papers relating to CPX-7, SHAPE indoor exercise, Apr 1957 including text of remarks by FM Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein at the press conference, Apr 1957; notes on tanks entitled '1 Div study period', used by commander, Royal Armoured Corps, 28 Nov 1957; extracts from press conference by US Gen Lauris Norstad, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, including perceived Soviet threat of intermediate range ballistic missiles against NATO countries. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/166

1957-1964

Newspaper cuttings and articles relating to nuclear warfare and deterrence, 1957-1964, including 'Planning of national security: a proposal' by Roger Hilsman in the Bulletin of the atomic scientists, Mar 1960; provisions to avoid accidental nuclear war, 1961-1962; 'Accidental war: some dangers in the 1960s, the Mershon Report', a Mershon National Security Program Research Paper (The Campaign in Oxford University for Nuclear Disarmament and Housmans, London, 1962); possibility of nuclear war between USSR and USA during the Cuban missile crisis, Oct 1962. With Would Labour give up the bomb? by Leonard Beaton (Typo-print Ltd, London, 1964). 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/167

1959-1963

Newspaper cuttings and articles relating to UK defence, 1959-1963, including development and shelving of Blue Streak, medium range ballistic missile, 1960; development of US Skybolt ballistic rocket and its cancellation, and substitution by US Polaris submarine launched missile, 1960-1962; nuclear policy, 1960, including Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; announcement of trials of Blue Steel, stand-off nuclear bomb, Jul 1960, scrapping of Blue Water artillery nuclear missile, Jul-Aug 1962; announcement of scrapping of Thor medium range nuclear ballistic missile, Aug 1962; conference to discuss defence at Nassau, Bahamas, Dec 1962, between Prime Minister Rt Hon (Maurice) Harold Macmillan and US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy; demonstration of Chieftain tank, replacement for the Centurion and Conqueror, Aug 1963. 4 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/168

1960-1963

Journal articles relating to British defence, 1960-1963, including Towards sanity, a study of the defence of Britain by Patrick Lort-Phillips (Radical Publications, Carmarthen, Wales, Sep 1960); 'Britain's defences: commitments and capabilities' by Michael Eliot Howard in Foreign Affairs, Oct 1960; 'The market for strategic ideas in Britain: the Sandys era' by Laurence Martin in the American Political Science Review, Mar 1962; copy typescript articles by V Adm Brian Betham Schofield entitled 'The need to develop sea-borne forces', 1962, and 'Defence, 1963-1964', 1963; 'The choices for British defence policy' by (Alfred) Alistair Buchan in the International Journal, Summer 1963. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/169

1963-1969

Newspaper cuttings and articles relating to UK defence, 1964-1969, including scrapping of static Bloodhound Mark I missiles and Javelin fighters, Feb 1964; structural changes in the Ministry of Defence, Apr 1964; plans for NATO nuclear Multilateral Force, to consist of ships carrying Polaris ballistic missiles, Jul-Nov 1964; continuation under Labour Government of Polaris submarine project, and plans for unification of Royal Navy, Army and RAF, Feb 1965; Defence White Paper, including purchase of 50 US F111A swing-wing low level bombers and the lack of new aircraft carriers, Feb 1966; East of Suez policy, Britain's role in the Far East, 1963-1969, including reduction of troops in Malaysia and Singapore; costs of British Army of the Rhine, 1966-1967, Mar 1967. 6 files


Liddell Hart: 15/5/170

1964-1965

Officer magazine, Summer 1964 and Spring 1965 and 'Defence a Financial Times survey', 23 Mar 1964. 1 file


Liddell Hart: 15/5/171

[1966]

'The P.1127 story chapter I, the first ten years, 1956-1966' (C Leggett and Sons Ltd, Merton Abbey, London, [1966]) brochure produced by manufacturers Hawker Siddeley on the P.1127 or Kestrel vertical and short take-off and landing (V/STOL) aircraft. 1 file

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