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

Correspondence with official organisations, 1927-1970

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LIDDELL HART: 4/1

1927-1964

Correspondence with and papers relating to the War Office, including permission for access to the library and invitations to army manoeuvres; correspondence with Maj Gen the Hon Edward Frederick Lawson, Director of Public Relations at the War Office, Jan-Feb 1942, concerning articles written by LIDDELL HART for the Daily Mail and reprinted in the Arriba, organ of the Madrid Falangist group, in Dec 1942, as anti-British propaganda. With papers relating to the Society for Army Historical Research, 1932-1933, for promoting research into the traditions of the army. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/2

1937-1969

Correspondence with and papers relating to the Ministry of Defence, including with Chief of Staff ACM Sir Charles Elsworthy, 1964-1967 and Gen Sir Charles (Henry Pepys) Harington, on consideration of pentropic divisions, 1967 with draft of 'A new model division', Nov 1967. With drafts of planned MOD publication on tactics, by Brig Anthony Stanton, Feb 1967; paper on manpower and command structure, Sep 1967; and 'An outline tactical concept in Europe for the 1980s', Nov 1967. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/3

1927-1939, 1966-1969

Correspondence with and papers relating to the Air Ministry, including with Sir Geoffrey Butler, Secretary of State for Air, on low flying manoeuvres, 1928. With obituary from The Times dated 7 Feb 1969 of Sir James Barnes, Permanent Under Secretary of State for Air. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/4

1933-1969

Correspondence with and papers relating to the Staff College, Camberley, including request by Maj E D Evelegh, organiser of the pantomime, for permission to caricature LIDDELL HART, 1933; discussion on planned course on military philosophy with Lt Col James Michael Gow, 1964; script of interview between LIDDELL HART and Lt Col Roger Beresford on anti-tank missiles, Nov 1963; Staff College papers 'Modern equipment and the defence battle' [1966] and 'Exercise New Look, a single combat arm' (Dec 1967) on the students' annual project; 'A concept of operations outside Europe in the 1980s' by Lt Col John Simpson, Mar 1968. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/5

1937-1967

Correspondence with and papers relating to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, including paper 'The higher education of officers' by LIDDELL HART [1937]; summary of lectures for courses including British military history from 1660, and development of the British empire [1938]. With 'Syllabus, three term 18 months course' issued by the Royal Military College (Apr 1937) and memorandum on replanning of syllabus at RAF College, Sleaford, Lincolnshire [1938]. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/6

1962-1969

Correspondence with and papers relating to RAF, Medmenham, including invitations to receptions. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/7

1951-1967

Papers relating to SHAPE, including minutes of press conference given by Gen Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, 2 Apr 1951 and plan of organisational structure; transcripts of speeches by Eisenhower at D-Day Commemoration ceremony, Bayeux, France, 6 Jun 1951 and to English Speaking Union, London, 3 Jul 1951; correspondence with Col L L Cross, Public Infomation Office, SHAPE, Paris, on interview with Eisenhower published in John Bull, Oct 1951; 'SHAPE's fifteen years at Rocquencourt' by Jean de Madre in NATO Letter, Apr 1967, and plans of new facilities at Casteau, Belgium. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/8

1952-1957

Correspondence with NATO Defence College, Paris concerning invitation to LIDDELL HART to lecture members on principles of strategy in Jan 1953, deferred to Sep 1957. The invitation was withdrawn following disagreement over the content of the proposed lecture. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/9

1930-1972

Correspondence with the Imperial War Museum, London including requests for photographs of LIDDELL HART, Nov 1939 and Jan 1968; text of 'The development of armoured warfare' by David G Lance, Deputy Keeper of Records, Jan 1968; newspaper cuttings on petrol bomb attack on the Museum, Oct 1968, and lists of publications destroyed in the fire; prospectus for the National Heritage, created to support British museums and galleries, Jul 1970. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/10

1967-1968

Correspondence with the National Army Museum, London on Letters of Private Wheeler edited by LIDDELL HART (Michael Joseph, London, 1951) and the Museum's building appeal, Feb 1968. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/11

1940-1945

Correspondence with the Ministry of Information, London, including alleged statements by LIDDELL HART used by critics in America as anti-Allied propaganda; article by LIDDELL HART 'The rise and fall of German strength' for publication in Russia in Britanskyi Soyuznik ('British Ally') in Dec 1944. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/12

1950-1966

Correspondence with the Central Office of Information, London including arrangements for tour of German defence journalists, Nov 1958; schedules for visits arranged for the Foreign Office of Gen Joseph-Desiré Mobutu, Commander-in-Chief of the Congolese National Army, Apr 1964, Dr Hans Fleig, foreign editor of the Zürcher Woche, Zürich, Nov 1964, and Dieter Strand, assistant foreign editor of Stockholms Tidningen, Sweden, May 1965. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/13

1961-1963

Correspondence with the International Committee of the Red Cross Geneva, including arrangements for meeting in Geneva, Sep 1961 to discuss draft rules on the limitation of danger to civilians in wartime, eventually postponed, and questionnaire. With text of lecture by Col Gerald Draper of King's College London, 'The historical background and general principles of the Geneva conventions of 1949', issued by the British Red Cross Society (1957). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/14

1957-1970

Correspondence with the Imperial War Graves Commission, London (name changed to Commonwealth War Graves Commssion in 1960), including printed maps of Holland and Belgium (scale 1:1,780,090), Germany and Scandinavia (scale 1:7,407,407) produced by the Imperial War Graves Commission showing sites of cemeteries from World War Two; arrangements for tour by LIDDELL HART in May 1959 of cemeteries in the Netherlands and north-west Germany in preparation for his writing of the foreword to Volume 4, Part 3 of the series Their name liveth (HMSO, London, 1961). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/15

1932-1968

Correspondence with the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, London, including invitations to LIDDELL HART to speak at meetings, 1932; papers by Professor Arnold Toynbee on 'The issues in British foreign policy', Mar 1938; and 'After Munich: the world outlook', Nov 1938 with discussion paper and comments from group members; discussion papers on 'Limited warfare', Oct 1957. With 'Annual report of the council, 1960-61' issued by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (1961). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/16/1

1957-1958

Correspondence with and papers relating to the Brighton Conference Association, created in Apr 1957 for the study of defence during the Cold War, including papers for Defence Conference at Brighton, Jan 1957; Association papers, mainly texts of articles published elsewhere, including 'Basic problems of European defence' by LIDDELL HART [Nov 1957] and '1970 without arms control' issued by the National Planning Association Special Project Committee on security through arms control (National Planning Association, USA, May 1958). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/16/2

1958-1969

Correspondence and papers relating to the Institute of Strategic Studies, London created from the Brighton Conference Association in Nov 1958 for the study of defence and disarmament, including 'Memorandum and articles of association of the Institute for Strategic Studies', Nov 1958; minutes of council meetings and related papers, Nov 1958-Feb 1961; annual conference papers, Oct 1959-Sep 1968; minutes of annual general meetings, with related papers, Jan 1960-Apr 1965; lists of members, Jan 1959-Aug 1968. 4 files


LIDDELL HART: 4/17

1962-1968

Correspondence with Brig Gen F P Henderson of the Radio Corporation of America, in Princeton, New Jersey, concerned with electronic defence products and military systems, including arrangements for discussion with LIDDELL HART on mechanised warfare, Dec 1962, and notes on merits of anti-tank guided missiles, Dec 1962; papers by Henderson entitled 'Night vision system study', Nov 1962, 'The nature of modern mechanised combat', Dec 1962 and 'The conquest of darkness, a study of scotoscopes and their impact on warfare', Jul 1963 (incomplete), with comments by LIDDELL HART. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/18

1965-1968

Correspondence with Charles Hall of the United States Army Combat Developments Command, Institute of Advanced Studies, at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania on the Institute study on 'Dynamic relationship of firepower and manoeuvre', Jun 1966, including draft. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/19

1965

Correspondence with Carl Hume of the Stanford Research Institute, California concerning potential consultancy of LIDDELL HART on planned study on arms control and limited war, and including research proposal. The study was vetoed in Dec 1965. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/20

1963

Correspondence with Adm Arleigh Burke, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, Georgetown University, Washington on LIDDELL HART's comments on Military strategy: Soviet doctrine and concepts (Pall Mall Press, London, 1963) edited by Marshal Vasily Danilovich Sokolovsky to be used as a contribution to planned book on Soviet military strength. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/21

1957-1960

Correspondence with Brig Gen Harold F Harding, Executive Secretary of Defence Studies at Ohio State University, on suitable candidates for research fellowships in military affairs at the university. With papers produced for the programme of national security policy seminars held at the university, 1958-1959 including 'The study of military affairs' and 'Decision-making in defence: the role of organisation' by Professor Laurence Radway; 'The military challenge to American policy' by Robert E Osgood; and 'The need for a national strategy' by Paul H Nitze. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/22

1955-1971

Correspondence with the Rand Corporation, California, including with Col George C Reinhardt on atomic weapons and Dr A W Marshall on tanks, with his paper 'Studies of bureacratic decision making', Jan 1966. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/23

1963-1968

Correspondence with the Hudson Institute, for research into national security and international order, New York, mainly comments on papers produced at the Institute, and on contract for consultancy of LIDDELL HART, 1967-1968, including review of Strategy and conscience (Harper and Row, New York, [1964]) by Anatol Rapoport (1965) and 'New thoughts on missile defence', Mar 1967 by Dr D G Brennan; 'Technological aspects of information transfer and its role in bargaining and war fighting', compiled by the Hudson Institute for the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Dec 1965, with related discussion papers, 1967. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/24

1933-1940,1954-1957

Correspondence with the Leverhulme Trust, London, including applications for Leverhulme Research Fellowships and progress of research into international relations, 1933-1940. With 'Leverhulme research awards first report' issued by the Leverhulme Trustees (Lake, Sison, Brown and Bishop, London, 1957). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/25

1964

Correspondence with the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, relating to (unsuccessful) request for research grant by LIDDELL HART, Feb 1964, for his planned book on World War Two. 1file


LIDDELL HART: 4/26

1962-1969

Correspondence with the Wolfson Foundation, London, mainly relating to requests by LIDDELL HART for funding required for completion of his book on World War Two, and award of grant in Jun 1964 to the LIDDELL HART History of War Research Trust. With 'Report of the Wolfson Foundation 1955-1965' (Westerham Press, Jan 1966). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/27/1

1959-1971

Correspondence with the Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, concerning financing by the College of the conversion of the barn at States House, Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, into a library and storage, with copy of specification and plans by John G Fryman, architects, Marlow, Sep 1960 with related correspondence, 1959-1961, and maintenance costs, 1961-1971; draft of LIDDELL HART's will, 1960, and correspondence with solictors Holmes, Son and Pott, London on sale of library, 1960-1961; appointment of Peter Simkins to catalogue papers, 1962-1963, financed by the College, and of Antony Grant, archivist at the Centre, to sort papers, 1965-1972. 2 files


LIDDELL HART: 4/27/2

1959-1970

Correspondence with Lt Col Kenneth Garside, College Librarian, King's College London including negotiations for the purchase of LIDDELL HART's papers and books, 1959-1960, with copy agreement, 1960; approaches to and correspondence with potential donors of papers to the Centre, 1963-1968; creation of the Centre for Military Archives in May 1964, including newspaper cuttings. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/28-39 Papers relating to officialhistories of World War One and World War Two


LIDDELL HART: 4/28

1947-1975

Correspondence with Professor Sir James Ramsay Montague Butler of Trinity College Cambridge, editor, relating to the Official history of the Second World War (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1949-1988), with LIDDELL HART's notes on Grand Strategy, Volume 2, Sept 1939-Jun1941 (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1964) and Butler's obituary in The Times (19 Mar 1975). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/29

1959-1962

Correspondence with Professor Norman Gibbs of All Souls College, Oxford, author of Grand strategy Volume 1 (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1959) in the series Official history of the Second World War (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1949-1988) with draft, 1959, issued by the Historical Branch, Cabinet Office and comments by LIDDELL HART. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/30

1954-1960

Correspondence with Maj Lionel Frederick Ellis and Brig H B Latham of the Historical Section, Cabinet Office, on volumes in the series Official history of the Second World War entitled Victory in the West, volume 1, the battle for Normandy (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1962) and The war in France and Flanders 1939-1940 (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1954) with comments by LIDDELL HART; research by LIDDELL HART for The tanks-the history of the Royal Tank Regiment (Cassell, London, 1959) at the Historical Section, Cabinet Office, 1954-1956, including copy estimate of tanks available to 8 Army, Oct 1942. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/31

1960-1967

Correspondence with Brian Melland of the Historical Section, Cabinet Office, commenting on Grand Strategy, volume 6, October 1944-August 1945 (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1956) by John Ehrman in the series Official history of the Second World War on action on the Eastern Front, 1944, and on LIDDELL HART's research on the Tunisian and Italian campaigns, 1943. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/32

1954-1959

Correspondence with Maj Gen Ian Stanley Ord Playfair of the Historical Section, Cabinet Office, on The Mediterranean and Middle East (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1956) on North Africa in the series Official history of the Second World War; and on LIDDELL HART's research into 8 Army operations in the Western Desert, North Africa, 1941-1942 in particular Operations CRUSADER and BATTLEAXE for The tanks-the history of the Royal Tank Regiment (Cassell, London, 1959). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/33

1958-1967

Correspondence with Brig C J C Molony of the Historical Section, Cabinet Office, Mediterranean and Middle East, volumes 4 and 5 (United Kingdom Military Series, London 1954-1973) of the series Official history of the Second World War on the campaign in Sicily and invasion of Italy, 1943 with draft of Volume 5. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/34

1957-1967

Correspondence with Maj Gen Stanley Woodburne Kirby of the Historical Section, Cabinet Office, on the The war against Japan, volume 5 (United Kingdom Military Series, London, 1957-1969) in the series Official history of the Second World War. With LIDDELL HART's notes on a conversation with John Callf in Oct 1957 about Callf's service in the first Arakan Campaign, Punjab Regt, 123 Indian Infantry Bde, 14 Indian Div, Nov 1942-Feb 1943, especially standards of recruits. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/35

1937-1964

Papers relating to official histories of World Wars One and Two, including comments by LIDDELL HART on a draft of The war in the air, volume 4 by Capt H A Jones of the Air Ministry, 1937 (published by Hamilton, London, 1969, with Walter Raleigh); review in the Times Literary Supplement, 15 Sep 1961, of the official History of the great patriotic war of the Soviet Union, 1941-1945 (Military Publishing House of the Ministry of Defence of the USSR, Moscow, 1961). 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/36

1953-1965

Papers relating to official histories of World War Two for USA and Canada, including correspondence with Col G W L Nicholson of the Historical Section, Army Headquarters, Ontario, Canada, on Canadian opertaions in Italy, 1961 and notes on 10 Panzer Army near Rome, Italy, Nov 1943; notes on a volume concerning North West Africa in the United States Army official history, May 1961. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/37

1932-1967

Correspondence with Dr (later Capt) Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean of New South Wales on the writing of the Australian official history of World War One, 1932-1942, with article by Bean on methodology in the Royal Australian Historical Society Journal (D S Ford, Sydney, Australia, 1938) and part of 'C E W Bean' in Reveille, Apr 1933. Also correspondence with Gavin Long, general editor of the Australian official history of World War Two, Australia in the war of 1939-1945 (Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1952-1963), 1955-1967.


LIDDELL HART: 4/38

1956-1960

Correspondence with Maj Gen Sir Howard Kippenberger of the Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, New Zealand, editor of the Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War, 1939-1945 (Wellington, 1949-1967), in particular New Zealand's operations in Egypt, including 'British armour in Operation CRUSADER, Nov-Dec 1941' by LIDDELL HART. With galley proofs of The Relief of Tobruk (Wellington, 1961) by W E Murphy, part of the Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War, 1939-1945. 1 file


LIDDELL HART: 4/39

1954-1966

Correspondence, mainly with Col J A I Agar-Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief, and L C F Turner, both of the Union War Histories Section, on the official history of World War Two of South Africa, including drafts of sections 'Tank and anti-tank, Nov 1941', 1954 and 1956; 'The strength of Panzer Army, Africa, 30 Jun 1942', author not known, [1957]; copy of German sketch maps of position of German forces near Alam Halfa, North Africa, Aug 1942 [1957]. 1 file

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