The Real War, 1914-1918

London: Faber and Faber, 1930. First U.K. Edition, presumed First Printing. Hardcover. 539, [1] pages, Maps (including two folding maps at the back, one repaired with tape). Bibliography. Index. Some wear to cover. Spine lettering faded. No DJ. Some endpaper and page discoloration. Previous owner's name on fep No DJ present. Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (31 October 1895 – 29 January 1970), commonly known 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. Arguing that frontal assault was bound to fail at great cost in lives, as proven in World War I, he recommended the "indirect approach" and reliance on fast-moving armored formations. His pre-war publications are known to have influenced German World War II strategy. He also helped promote the "clean Wehrmacht" argument for political purposes, when the Cold War necessitated the recruitment of a new West German army. His experiences on the Western Front affected him for the rest of his life. He wrote several booklets on infantry drill and training, which came to the attention of General Sir Ivor Maxse, commander of the 18th Division. After the war, he transferred to the Royal Army Educational Corps, where he prepared a new edition of the Infantry Training Manual. He retired from the Army in 1927. He spent the rest of his career as a theorist and writer. In 1924, he became a military correspondent for The Morning Post. He was the military correspondent of The Daily Telegraph from 1925 to 1935 and of The Times from 1935 to 1939. In 1954, Liddell Hart published his most influential work, Strategy. Captain B. H. Liddell Hart is the foremost authority on World War I. In The Real War, the author has fused exhaustive research and creative brilliance with brevity and precision. Thus we have in one volume the war transformed into literature - an understandable, kaleidoscopic masterwork of military history. Condition: Fair (due to map repair--otherwise in good condition).

Keywords: Liddell Hart, Military Theory, WW1, Strategy, Cambrai, Gallipoli, Ypres, Loos, Verdun, Jutland, Caporetto, Battle of the Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Lys, Tannenberg, Arras, Megiddo

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