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:

D-Day In Color: A Look at the Largest Amphibious Invasion In History

Ships, aircraft and landing craft positioned near the shore of a beach

On June 6, 1944, the Allies conducted the largest amphibious invasion in history. Landing on five beaches, as well as at various landing zones behind…

Orde Wingate: The Onion-Eating Major General Who Led Deep Penetration Missions In Burma

Orde Wingate standing with his men and a large map

Maj. Gen. Orde Wingate was one of many well-regarded British officers of the Second World War. By the time the conflict began, he’d already made…

Japan Deployed Suicide Commandos for a Raid on Yontan Airfield

US soldiers manning artillery

The Japanese were known for their use of kamikaze pilots throughout the Second World War. They were deployed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941,…

Lew Ayres: The Lead Actor In ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Was a Pacifist In Real Life

Still from 'All Quiet on the Western Front'

The novel All Quiet on the Western Front was so popular that it was made into two separate films, both of which did extremely well with…

The WWI Assault That Inspired A Movie About Sgt Alvin York

Gary Cooper, Joe Sawyer and George Tobias as Alvin York, Sergeant Early and "Pusher" Ross in 'Sergeant York'

Many men went up against German machine guns during the First World War and didn’t live to tell the tale. Even fewer did so directly…

These ‘Night Witches’ Weren’t Burned at the Stake – They Bombed German Soldiers

Six members of the Night Witches looking toward the sky

One bomber regiment during the Second World War was so feared by the Germans that a soldier was immediately awarded the Iron Cross for shooting…

Edgar ‘Cobber’ Kain Single-Handedly Decimated 17 Enemy Aircraft During the Battle of France

Edgar "Cobber" Cain leaning against a Hawker Hurricane Mk I

It might seem strange, but the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) first Flying Ace of the Second World War wasn’t from Britain – he was from…

‘My Way’ Is Based On the Story of Yang Kyoungjong, But Did He Actually Exist?

Jang Dong-gun as Kim Jun-Shik in 'My Way'

My Way (2011) follows the story of a Korean soldier who fights for the Soviet Union, Japan and Germany during World War II. The South…

Albert Göring Used His Brother’s Name to Help Jews Escape Germany

Albert Göring's mugshot

There’s one Göring who comes to mind when people think of the Second World War, yet some may be surprised to learn there was actually…

The Red Army Used Camels to Fight the Germans at the Battle of Stalingrad

Two German soldiers riding a camel

The Second World War saw numerous technological advancements intended to provide distinct advantages over the enemy. Among these were, of course, tanks, which were used…

Following A Prior Insult, John Wayne Punished Darryl Zanuck While Filming ‘The Longest Day’

Still from 'The Longest Day'

Filmed in the 1960s, The Longest Day is still considered one of the best war movies of all time. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing…

‘The Dam Busters’ Was Inspired By the Heroics and Heavy Losses of No. 617 Squadron RAF

Still from 'The Dam Busters'

While there are many good war films, few can be considered truly great. The Dam Busters (1955) is one of the few that falls into…