The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
(LHCMA) at King's College London
was set up in 1964. The Centre holds the private papers of over 700 senior British defence personnel who held office since 1900. Individual collections range in size from a single file to the 1000 boxes of Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart
's papers. To these are now being added research materials, notably interview transcripts, collected in connection with television documentaries and academic projects.
The scope of the holdings is vast, from high level defence policy and strategic planning as, for example, in the papers of Field Marshal Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke
and General Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay
down to the command of individual units in the field. The Second Boer War
is strongly represented and subsequently almost every major campaign in which British troops
have fought, including the Korean
Wars and the Gulf Crisis
; the latter two are covered by contemporary interview transcripts.
Many significant collections reflect the revolution in weapon technology in the 20th century and the re-evaluation of tactics and strategy which necessarily followed on from the invention of the tank
and the development of air power
. There is also much on the debate over nuclear
The Centre's web site hosts the Location Register of Twentieth Century Defence Personnel
, a database of all British defence personnel who achieved the ranks above and including Major General