B. H. Liddell Hart

1895 - 1970

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (31 October 1895 – 29 January 1970), commonly known throughout most of his career as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart, was a British soldier, military historian, and military theorist. He wrote a series of military histories that proved influential among strategists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of B. H. Liddell Hart has received more than 625,253 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). B. H. Liddell Hart is the 1,031st most popular writer (up from 1,109th in 2019), the 1,167th most popular biography from France (up from 1,287th in 2019) and the 154th most popular French Writer.

B. H. Liddell Hart is most famous for his military theory of the indirect approach, which he developed during World War I.

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Notable Works

History of the Second World War
The real war, 1914-1918
The classic short history of the First World War by a major historian and military tactician presents the results of extensive research on the causes, events, and effects of the conflict
The German generals talk
The German Generals who survived Hitler's Reich talk over World War II with Capt. Liddell Hart, noted British miltary strategist and writer. They speak as professional soldiers to a man they know and respect. For the first time, answers are revealed to many questions raised during the war. Was Hitler the genius of strategy he seemed to be at first? Why did his Generals never overthrow him? Why did Hitler allow the Dunkirk evacuation? Current interest, of course, focuses on the German Generals' opinion of the Red Army as a fighting force. What did the Russians look like from the German side? How did we look? And what are the advantages and disadvantages under which dictator-controlled armies fight? In vivid, non-technical language, Capt. Liddell Hart reports these interviews and evaluates the vital military lessons of World War II.
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Among writers, B. H. Liddell Hart ranks 1,031 out of 7,302Before him are Hrotsvitha, Marguerite Porete, Benito Pérez Galdós, Jean-Claude Carrière, P. D. James, and Charles De Coster. After him are Johanna Schopenhauer, Marshall Rosenberg, Sam Shepard, Ľudovít Štúr, Hassan ibn Thabit, and Paulinus of Nola.

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Among people born in 1895, B. H. Liddell Hart ranks 65Before him are Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski, Kurt Zeitzler, Vasily Blokhin, Wilhelm Kempff, Richard Barthelmess, and Clara Haskil. After him are Friedrich Jeckeln, Marcel Pagnol, Edna Purviance, Robert Graves, Jean Giono, and Ferdinand Čatloš. Among people deceased in 1970, B. H. Liddell Hart ranks 46Before him are Francis Peyton Rous, Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, Richard Neutra, Italo Gariboldi, Lázaro Cárdenas, and Pedro Cea. After him are Sonny Liston, Jean Giono, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, E. M. Forster, Lev Kuleshov, and Maud Lewis.

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In France

Among people born in France, B. H. Liddell Hart ranks 1,167 out of 6,770Before him are Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville (1746), Balthus (1908), Jan Gossaert (1478), Jean-Claude Carrière (1931), Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse (1197), and Louis William, Margrave of Baden-Baden (1655). After him are Paul Sérusier (1864), Sigebert II (602), Maurice Duverger (1917), Claudette Colbert (1903), Pierre Bouguer (1698), and Antipope Gregory VIII (1100).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, B. H. Liddell Hart ranks 154Before him are Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780), Nicolas Chamfort (1741), Bertran de Born (1140), Jean Giraudoux (1882), André Bazin (1918), and Jean-Claude Carrière (1931). After him are Paulinus of Nola (354), Marcel Pagnol (1895), Michel Tournier (1924), Paul Bourget (1852), Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838), and Sonia Rykiel (1930).