Studies in British Military Thought: Debates with Fuller and Liddell Hart

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U of Nebraska Press, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 287 pages
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John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966), British soldier, military analyst, and war historian, is considered the father of modern armored (tank) warfare-first as planner of the attack at Cambrai in November 1917, and then as author of a number of works that challenged traditional British military thought. His ideas were resisted in his own country but had a major impact on German and Soviet military doctrine. Sir Basil Liddell Hart (1895-1970) was also a British military historian and analyst of note and authored influential military histories covering figures from Scipio Africanus to Field Marshal Rommel. In the twelve analytical essays in Studies in British Military Thought Brian Holden Reid examines these two figures whose ideas have influenced the interpretation of events in military history from antiquity to the Cold War. He compares and contrasts their views on tactics, operational art and strategy, and war as a social phenomenon. Additionally, he discusses the radically different temperaments of the two and shows how their differences shaped their work in important ways. In so doing, he continues to bring their ideas to students and practitioners of modern warfare and raises fundamental issues concerning the nature of war. Brian Holden Reid, acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as the leading expositor of the ideas of General Fuller, is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King's College, University of London. He is the author of J. F. C. Fuller: Military Thinker.
 

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Contents

Fullers Theory of Mechanized Warfare
13
Fuller and the Revival of Classical
33
Fuller and the Revolution in British Military Thought
49
Fuller and the Operational Level of War
62
Fuller and the Theory and Practice of Strategy
93
The Perils of Prediction
117
British Military Intellectuals and the American
133
T E Lawrence and Liddell Hart
150
A Comparison
168
Fuller Liddell Han and the Odyssey of British
183
British Military Intellectuals and the Lure of Antiquity
206
Afterword
229
Notes
235
Bibliography of the Principal Writings of Fuller and Liddell Hart
269
Index
275
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Brian Holden Reid, acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as the leading expositor°of the ideas of General Fuller, is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King?s College, University of London. He is the author of J. F. C. Fuller: Military Thinker.

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