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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Bregman, Ahron
Bregman, Ahron (b 1958)
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes of papers, 1 MP3 audio file (totalling 86.7MB)


Name of creator(s)

Bregman | Ahron | 1958- | military historian

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1958
served in Israeli Army, 1976-1982, Litani campaign, South Lebanon, 1978
Lebanon War, 1982
Major (Reserve) 1982-
parliamentary assistant, Knesset, Israel, 1985-1988
PhD, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, 1994
consultant and associate producer for BBC television documentary series, The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs, 1998, and Elusive peace: Israel and the Arabs, 2005
Teaching Fellow, Department of War Studies, 2003-
Publications: with Jihan El-Tahri, The fifty years war: Israel and the Arabs (Penguin, London, 1998); Israel’s wars: a history since 1947 (Routledge, London, 2000); A history of Israel (Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, 2000); Elusive peace: how the Holy Land defeated America (Penguin, London, 2005); editor, Warfare in the Middle East since 1945 (Ashgate, Farnham, 2008); Occupation: Israel and the occupied territories since 1967 (Penguin, London, 2012)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The collection was placed in the Centre by Dr Bregman in 2011

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1998-2010, relating to the life and death of Ashraf Marwan (1944-2007), Egyptian businessman and alleged spy, including:
copy letters from Ahron Bregman to Marwan, and notes on their conversations, 2002-2007
copies of Bregman’s witness statements and related correspondence, 2007-2008, detailing his contact with Marwan, 2002-2007
press reports, photocopy extracts from publications and other background information on Marwan, 1998-2011, including his alleged espionage and business activities, his death and the subsequent inquest, chiefly in English and Hebrew

Also two audio recordings of Israeli pilots’ radio conversation during an air attack on USS LIBERTY, 8 Jun 1967, off the coast of the Sinai peninsula, used by Dr Bregman in Israel’s wars: a history since 1947.

System of arrangement

Dr Bregman’s original arrangement has been retained

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

The collection is chiefly open, subject to signature of a Reader Undertaking form and appropriate provision of two forms of identification.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only.  The audio recordings may not be copied.  Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Senior Archivist..

Language/scripts of material

chiefly English and Hebrew

Finding aids

This summary guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2012

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