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Beaton, (Donald) Leonard (1929–1971), journalist and strategic analyst, was born on 20 June 1929 in Montreal, the son of John W. Beaton. He was educated in Montreal, at Westmount high school, and at McGill University, where he took an honours degree in economics and in political science. In 1950 he entered ...

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Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart, Baron Blackett (1897–1974), physicist and government and military adviser, was born on 18 November 1897 at Kensington, London, the only son and the second of three children of Arthur Stuart Blackett (1865–1922), stockbroker, and his wife, Caroline Frances (1868–1954)...

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Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett (1897–1974) by Lucia Moholy, 1936 © Lucia Moholy

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Buchan, Alastair Francis (1918–1976), writer on strategic and international affairs, was born at 76 Portland Place, London, on 9 September 1918, the third son and the fourth and youngest child of John Buchan, first Baron Tweedsmuir (1875–1940), and his wife, Susan Charlotte (1882–1977)...

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Cable, Sir James Eric Sydney Skelton (1920–2001), diplomatist and writer on naval strategy, was born on 15 November 1920, at 132 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London, the elder son of Eric Grant Cable (1887–1970), then serving in the consular department of the Foreign Office...

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Sir James Eric Sydney Skelton Cable (1920–2001) by unknown photographer, 1975 Universal Pictorial Press

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George Sydenham Clarke, Baron Sydenham of Combe (1848–1933) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clarke, George Sydenham, Baron Sydenham of Combe (1848–1933), defence expert and colonial administrator, was born on 4 July 1848 at the vicarage, Swinderby, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the ten children of Walter John Clarke (1813–1903), the vicar of Swinderby, and his wife, Maria Frances Mayor (...

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Sir John Charles Ready Colomb (1838–1909) by Bassano, c. 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Colomb, Sir John Charles Ready (1838–1909), defence strategist and advocate of imperial federation, second son of Lieutenant-General George Thomas Colomb (1788–1874), colonel of the 97th regiment, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Sir Abraham Bradley King, bt, of Corrard, co. Fermanagh, was born on the ...

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Hart, Sir Basil Henry Liddell (1895–1970), military thinker and historian, was born on 31 October 1895 at 4 rue Rosquépine, near the place St Augustin, in Paris (8th arrondissement). He was the younger son of Revd Henry Bramley Hart (1860–1937), the Wesleyan Methodist minister in ...

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (1895–1970) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Macgregor, Sir Charles Metcalfe (1840–1887), army officer, explorer, and military strategist, was born at Agra on 12 September 1840, the second son of Robert Guthrie Macgregor and his wife, Alexina Watson, daughter of General Archibald Watson of the Bengal army. He had eight sisters and two brothers. ...

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Leonard Darwin

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Money, John (1739/40–1817), military theorist and balloonist, of whose parents nothing is known, began his military career in the Norfolk militia in 1760. He served in Germany as a volunteer with the 15th light dragoons in 1761 and was at the battle of ...

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Moulton, James Louis (1906–1993), marine officer and military historian, was born on 3 June 1906 at The Terrace, His Majesty's Dockyard, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, the son of John Davis Moulton (d. 1921), staff captain in the Royal Navy (also JP for Kingston, Jamaica...

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Müller, Sir William (d. 1846), writer on military and engineering science, described himself as an officer of the electoral Hanoverian cavalry, who, at about the end of the eighteenth century, became the first-appointed public instructor in military science in the University of Göttingen...

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Richard B. Sher

Poker Club (act. 1762–1784), a convivial Edinburgh society formed to agitate for a Scottish militia, was instituted in early January 1762, in the aftermath of the exclusion of Scotland from the English Militia Act of 1757 and the parliamentary defeat of the first ...

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Repington, Charles À Court (1858–1925), army officer and military writer, was born on 29 January 1858, at 15 Chesham Street, London. He was the son of Charles Henry Wyndham À Court Repington (1819–1903), a staunch Anglican and Peelite, MP for Wilton, 1852–5, and of ...

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Charles À Court Repington (1858–1925) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spaight, James Molony (1877–1968), lawyer and theorist of air power, was born at Affock, co. Clare, Ireland, on 7 October 1877, the younger of the two sons (there were also two daughters) of Robert Spaight JP (1845–1888), a gentleman farmer, and his wife, ...