Trythall, Anthony John.


1st ed., 1977. Xiii + 314 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w V.G. This was the first biography of Major-General J. F. C. Fuller to be published and it sheds new light on his many friends and acquaintances including Haig, Churchill, Mosley, Ironside and Liddell Hart. Fuller served as a subaltern in the Boer War, edited an occult journal with the notorious Aleister Crowley while a TA adjutant in Edwardian London, was the brains of the Tank Corps in the First World War, and after it developed in association with Liddell Hart the concept of armoured warfare which led to Blitzkrieg. In the twenties he tried to mechanise and reform the British Army from within and in doing so he offended almost the entire military establishment. He was retired in 1933 without ever actually filling a Major-General's post. He visited Mussolini's war in Abyssinia and Franco's in Spain, became involved in the British fascist movement and was under surveillance by MI5 in 1941. A prolific writer, he published forty-five books between 1907 and 1966, mainly of a military or historical nature, as well as other diverse subjects.

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