Liddell Hart, Basil

Sir Basil Liddell Hart (1895–1970) was a 20th-century English military theorist most famous for his work on mechanization and the influence of his thought on the German and Israeli blitzkrieg doctrine. This entry examines Liddell Hart’s career and his theories.

Liddell Hart was born on October 31, 1895, in Paris. He studied history at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England. His studies were cut short by the First World War when he joined the British army and served on the Western Front where he was wounded twice. Like many of his generation, he was deeply affected by what he saw and did during the conflict. While in the army, he contributed to an infantry tactics manual (1920), before retiring with the rank of captain in ...

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