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Basil Liddell Hart book by Alex Danchev


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I am after any help as to exact dates that Basil Liddell Hart served with the 9th battn. KOYLI on the Somme. Paul Reed has a officers photo and he does not appear to be in that and I am not sure if he went over the top with the 9th on 1st July 1916.

So I wondered if anyone has a biography or some knowledge as to when he served. It is mainly curiosity to if he was in action on 1st July when 21st division attacked at Fricourt. But I would be grateful for any information.

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Arm

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Did not go over the top in the first wave (0730), but formed part of the nucleus left to reform the battalion if it went pear-shaped. Call came in early afternoon for five reserve officers to go up , and LH was one. They eventually reached Bn HQ off the Sunken Rd between 2100 and 2300. After 2 desperate days and nights 9 KOYLI were withdrawn late on 03/07/16. (Dantchev)

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Thank you Richard.

I wonder how different WW1 would be perceived had he gone over the top at 7.30am on the 1st. 64th brigade suffered high casualties that day, as of course did many.

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Arm

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