Rosemary Giles

Rosemary Giles is a history content writer with Hive Media. She received both her bachelor of arts degree in history, and her master of arts degree in history from Western University. Her research focused on military, environmental, and Canadian history with a specific focus on the Second World War. As a student, she worked in a variety of research positions, including as an archivist. She also worked as a teaching assistant in the History Department.

Since completing her degrees, she has decided to take a step back from academia to focus her career on writing and sharing history in a more accessible way. With a passion for historical learning and historical education, her writing interests include social history, and war history, especially researching obscure facts about the Second World War. In her spare time, Rosemary enjoys spending time with her partner, her cats, and her horse, or sitting down to read a good book.

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Articles by Rosemary Giles:

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Experiences During the Battle of the Somme Influenced ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Shell exploding on the battle field + Still from 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'

J.R.R. Tolkien is renowned for crafting the legendary high-fantasy tales of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Before earning fame as an author,…

Germany Hoped to Weaponize the Occult to Win the Second World War

Paul Freeman, Wolf Kahler and Ronald Lacey as Dr. René Belloq, Col. Dietrich and Maj. Arnold Toht in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Germany thought up several strategies to increase its chances of winning World War II, including the breeding of potato bugs to decimate enemy crops and…

The Ingenious Reason Farmers Painted Stripes On Their Cows During the Blitz

Woman painting white stripes on her cow during the Blitz

While facing the Blitz during World War II, British farmers resorted to an unusual and creative tactic to protect their livestock and the public from…

The Battle of Athens Saw Armed War Veterans Take On Corruption in Their Local Government

Crowd standing among overturned vehicles in the middle of a street

In the post-war summer of 1946, the small town of Athens, Tennessee became the epicenter of an event that went down in history as the…

Japan Turned to Kamikaze Frogmen to Defend Against a Potential Allied Invasion

Aircraft at the bottom of the seafloor + Japanese kamikaze pilot tying a bandana around his head

In the final stages of the Second World War, both the Allied and Axis powers turned to more extravagant plans in an attempt to bring…

Flying ‘the Hump’ Required Allied Pilots to Fly Over the Himalayas in Terrible Conditions

Curtiss C-46 Commando flying over the Himalayas

During the Second World War, the Allied forces in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater faced a formidable logistical challenge in supplying troops and equipment…

TRIGON: The CIA Spy Who Funneled Soviet Secrets to the United States

Portrait of Aleksandr Ogorodnik, better known by the spy name "TRIGON" + Krasnoluzhsky Bridge running over the Moskva River

Aleksandr Ogorodnik’s death was like something out of a spy film – that is, of course, because he was a secret agent. Operating under the…

Seven American Soldiers Have Defected to North Korea Since the Korean War

North Korean soldiers standing in front of the Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea

Since the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, seven Americans have made the unprecedented decision to defect to North Korea. These men weren’t any ordinary…

Atomic Veterans: The Troops America Used As Nuclear Guinea Pigs Following World War II

Soldier in a foxhole reading a book titled, "How to Survive an Atomic Bomb"

On August 6, 1945, the world changed forever when a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets, dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.…

The True Story Behind the Netflix Film, ‘The Forgotten Battle’

Still from 'The Forgotten Battle'

The Forgotten Battle (202) captivated audiences with its gripping portrayal of a lesser-known chapter of the Second World War. Set in the Netherlands during the…

Victory Markings Were Used By Pilots To Show Wins Against the Enemy

Pilot standing in the cockpit of the Martin B-26 Marauder 'Half & Half'

It’s undeniable that aerial combat played a pivotal role in shaping the outcome of numerous battles during World War II. The skies were dominated by…

Jamaicans Made Up Over Half of the Caribbean’s RAF Volunteers During WWII

Jamaican air gunner in the cockpit of an Army Cooperation Command aircraft

People from all walks of life came together to fight during World War II, defending their countries and upholding the values of freedom and democracy.…