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:

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.…

Temporary Graves Were Erected In WWII to Lay to Rest Those Who Died In Battle

British soldiers traveling past a makeshift German grave in Normandy

The Second World War claimed the lives of millions of servicemen from various nations. As the conflict raged on multiple fronts, the need to bury…

Royal Air Force Airmen Underwent Intense Training Before Taking to the Skies for Missions

Two Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots training on how to shoot down enemy pilots in the air

The Royal Air Force (RAF) played a critical role in the Allied victory during World War II. Behind the courageous pilots who took to the…

The American Forces Endured Arduous Fighting At Con Thien During the Vietnam War

American troops riding in an armored personnel carrier

Amid the jungle landscapes and dense terrain of the Vietnam War, military strategists on both sides sought to establish outposts. One critical location was Con…