11 JUNE 1965, Page 9


.General S. L. A. Marshall, who writes on Liddell Hart in this week's book pages, is one Of the most distinguished military historians in the language. He fought in France in the First World War at the age of seventeen, and then served again in the US Army in the Second World War in the Pacific and in Europe, where

he was appointed the chief US military historian for the theatre with a post on Eisenhower's staff. Since the war Marshall has served on many official and academic bodies, and his best-selling books include campaign studies from both world wars and Korea. As he makes clear in his article on Liddell Hart, Marshall is the best kind of traditionalist; he believes that in spite of the nuclear age the ultimate weapon is not the bomb—but the courage and intelligence of the individual soldier.