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Thomas Edward Lawrence

(1888–1935)

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

LAWRENCE is included here because of his mastery of guerrilla warfare. His operations and accounts of them have been praised by military writers, beginning with B. H. Liddell Hart in the 1920s. He is admired by such as General Vo Nguyen Giap, who was a guerrilla before organizing the Army of the People’s Republic of (North) Vietnam, 1 and by many in special operations worldwide. Though only a temporary British colonel, he looms important today in an era of limited or small wars and antiterrorist operations.

Though not for the reasons cited above, “Lawrence of Arabia” was and is the most celebrated figure of the “Great War,” rivalled only by the German Flying Ace, Manfred von Richthofen, ...

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