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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (1895-1970), Military historian and strategist

Sitter in 27 portraits
Liddell Hart was gassed on the Somme in 1916, and suffered two mild heart attacks in 1921 and 1922 (which were probably the long-term effects of his gassing), an experience which coloured his thinking. Officially disabled, he introduced new methods of instruction and drill, contributed to the Infantry Training Manual, and left the army in 1927. He was an influential commentator on war, notably in Strategy - The Indirect Approach (1929). Thirty books followed. He was military correspondent for the Daily Telegraph (1925-35) and The Times (1935-9). An early campaigner for nuclear disarmament, his views influenced President Kennedy before the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Hein Heckroth
oil on board, 1939
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 January 1927
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 January 1927
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 January 1927
NPG x19204

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 1930s
NPG Ax136062

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1930s
NPG Ax136145

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x25783

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x25784

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x25785

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x25395

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x25399

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x25404