Military Lives

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The twentieth century saw two major world wars and many major and minor conflicts. Who made themselves known through their involvement in those wars and conflicts? Who do we remember? Who were the heroes of the army, navy, and airforce? Who should have been the heroes? What makes someone dedicate their life to the defence of a nation, whether it be on land, at sea, or in the air? What part did these people play in shaping the path of modern British military history?
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The twentieth century saw two major world wars and many major and minor conflicts. Who made themselves known through their involvement in those wars and conflicts? Who do we remember? Who were the heroes of the army, navy, and airforce? Who should have been the heroes? What makes someone dedicate their life to the defence of a nation, whether it be on land, at sea, or in the air? What part did these people play in shaping the path of modern British military history?
Britain as a nation has always been very proud of its military capabilities and through that its military personnel. Presented here is a unique collection of around 100 mini-biographies, taken from the Dictionary of National Biography, of some of the people who made the defence of their country their life.
Military historian Hew Strachan has not only chosen the 'lives' to go into this collection but has also written a detailed introduction to complement his selection, which in itself makes an interesting and insightful read.
This anthology isn't designed to give a cohesive history of life in the British army, navy, and airforce over the past 100 years, but rather it hopes to provide interesting snapshots into the lives of a few of the individuals who have made their mark, somehow or other, in the military world.
Entries include:
W. S. Chalmers on David Beatty
F. Maurice on Douglas Haig
Denis Richards on Sir Arthur Travers Harris
Ronald Lewin on Captain Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart
E. T. Williams on Field-Marshall Montgomery
Peter Wykenham on Arthur Tedder
Peter Wykenham on Hugh Trenchard
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198605324
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Hew Strachan is currently Chichele Professor of the History of War and Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Prior to that he was Professor of Modern History and Director of the Scottish Centre for War Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is joint editor of War in History and he is the author and editor of many books (see Books by the same author, below). He was also Consultant Editor for The Oxford Companion to Military History (2001).

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Table of Contents

Alexander, Harold Rupert Leofric George (1891-1969) 1
Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman (1861-1936) 10
Auchinleck, Sir Claude John Eyre (1884-1981) 19
Bacon, Sir Reginald Hugh Spencer (1863-1947) 25
Bader, Sir Douglas Robert Steuart (1910-1982) 29
Ball, Albert (1896-1917) 31
Beatty, David (1871-1936) 33
Beresford, Lord Charles William de la Poer (1846-1919) 46
Brett, Reginald Baliol (Lord Esher) (1852-1930) 50
Brooke, Alan Francis (1883-1963) 55
Cameron, Neil (1920-1985) 67
Carton de Wiart, Sir Adrian (1880-1963) 69
Cavell, Edith (1865-1915) 71
Coningham, Sir Arthur (1895-1948) 74
Corbett, Sir Julian Stafford (1854-1922) 77
Cumming, Sir Mansfield George Smith (1859-1923) 80
Cunningham, Andrew Browne (1883-1963) 82
de Guingand, Sir Francis Wilfred (1900-1979) 90
Denniston, Alexander Guthrie (Alistair) (1881-1961) 94
De Wet, Christiaan Rudolph (1854-1922) 96
Dill, Sir John Greer (1881-1944) 100
Douglas, William Sholto (1893-1969) 106
Dowding, Hugh Caswall Tremenheere (1882-1970) 111
Edmonds, Sir James Edward (1861-1956) 116
Embry, Sir Basil Edward (1902-1977) 119
Evans, Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell (Lord Mountevans) (1880-1957) 122
Fergusson, Bernard Edward (Lord Ballantrae) (1911-1980) 125
Fisher, John Arbuthnot (1841-1920) 128
Fraser, Bruce Austin (1888-1981) 137
French, John Denton Pinkstone (1852-1925) 142
Freyberg, Bernard Cyril (1889-1963) 151
Fryatt, Charles Algernon (1872-1916) 159
Fuller, John Frederick Charles (1878-1966) 161
Gibson, Guy Penrose (1918-1944) 165
Glubb, Sir John Bagot (1897-1986) 168
Gough, Sir Hubert de la Poer (1870-1963) 170
Gubbins, Sir Colin McVean (1896-1976) 176
Haig, Douglas (1861-1928) 179
Hall, Sir (William) Reginald (1870-1943) 190
Hamilton, Sir Ian Standish Monteith (1853-1947) 195
Harding, Allan Francis ('John') (1896-1989) 201
Harris, Sir Arthur Travers (1892-1984) 206
Hart, Sir Basil Henry Liddell (1895-1970) 211
Hasler, Herbert George ('Blondie') (1914-1987) 214
Hillary, Richard Hope (1919-1943) 217
Holland, John Charles Francis (1897-1956) 219
Horrocks, Sir Brian Gwynne (1895-1985) 220
Hull, Sir Richard Amyatt (1907-1989) 222
Inglis, Elsie Maud (1864-1917) 225
Ironside, William Edmund (1880-1959) 229
Ismay, Hastings Lionel (1887-1965) 232
Jackson, Sir Henry Bradwardine (1855-1929) 236
Jellicoe, John Rushworth (1859-1935) 240
John, Sir Caspar (1903-1984) 254
Joubert de la Ferte, Sir Philip Bennet (1887-1965) 257
Keyes, Roger John Brownlow (1872-1945) 262
Kitchener, Horatio Herbert (1850-1916) 267
Knox, (Alfred) Dillwyn (1884-1943) 279
Lawrence, Thomas Edward ('Lawrence of Arabia') (1888-1935) 281
Leigh-Mallory, Sir Trafford Leigh (1892-1944) 287
Ludlow-Hewitt, Sir Edgar Rainey (1886-1973) 289
McCarthy, Dame (Emma) Maud (1858-1949) 292
McCudden, James Thomas Byford (1895-1918) 293
Maitland, Edward Maitland (1880-1921) 295
Martel, Sir Giffard Le Quesne (1889-1958) 297
Maurice, Sir Frederick Barton (1871-1951) 301
Monash, Sir John (1865-1931) 306
Montgomery, Bernard Law (1887-1976) 309
Mountbatten, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas (1900-1979) 324
Newall, Cyril Louis Norton (1886-1963) 347
O'Connor, Sir Richard Nugent (1889-1981) 350
Park, Sir Keith Rodney (1892-1975) 352
Peake, Frederick Gerard (1886-1970) 356
Phillips, Sir Tom Spencer Vaughan (1888-1941) 360
Plumer, Herbert Charles Onslow (1857-1932) 363
Portal, Charles Frederick Algernon (1893-1971) 369
Pound, Sir (Alfred) Dudley (Pickman Rogers) (1877-1943) 382
Ramsay, Sir Bertram Home (1883-1945) 387
Rawlinson, Sir Henry Seymour (1864-1925) 394
Richmond, Sir Herbert William (1871-1946) 399
Roberts, Frederick Sleigh (1832-1914) 403
Robertson, Sir William Robert (1860-1933) 413
Roskill, Stephen Wentworth (1903-1982) 421
Salmond, Sir (William) Geoffrey (Hanson) (1878-1933) 423
Scott, Sir Percy Moreton (1853-1924) 425
Slessor, Sir John Cotesworth (1897-1979) 429
Slim, William Joseph (1891-1970) 433
Stirling, Sir (Archibald) David (1915-1990) 439
Stockwell, Sir Hugh Charles (1903-1986) 441
Studdert Kennedy, Geoffrey Anketell (1883-1929) 444
Sueter, Sir Murray Frazer (1872-1960) 446
Sykes, Sir Frederick Hugh (1877-1954) 448
Szabo, Violette Reine Elizabeth (1921-1945) 452
Tedder, Arthur William (1890-1967) 453
Templer, Sir Gerald Walter Robert (1898-1979) 458
Townshend, Sir Charles Vere Ferrers (1861-1924) 463
Trenchard, Hugh Montague (1873-1956) 468
Tyrwhitt, Sir Reginald Yorke (1870-1951) 474
Vereker, John Standish Surtees Prendergast (Lord Gort) (1886-1946) 477
Warburton, Adrian (1918-1944) 483
Wavell, Archibald Percival (1883-1950) 484
Wemyss, Rosslyn Erskine (Lord Wester Wemyss) (1864-1933) 490
Wilson, Sir Henry Hughes (1864-1922) 496
Wilson, Henry Maitland (1881-1964) 503
Wingate, Orde Charles (1903-1944) 509
Wolseley, Garnet Joseph (1833-1913) 513
Yeo-Thomas, Forest Frederic Edward (1902-1964) 522
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