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.

Articles by Rosemary Giles:

Thanksgiving Day Mission: Six MACV-SOG Commandos vs. 30,000 Enemy Troops

MACV-SOG reconnaissance team standing together

Thanksgiving, a time for filling yourself with turkey, stuffing and potatoes in various different forms – unless you’re MACV-SOG, that is. Then it’s a time…

These Helicopters First Took Flight During WW2

Focke-Wulf Fw 61 in flight + Sikorsky R-4 "Hoverfly" parked in the grass

Whenever someone uses helicopters and war in the same sentence, images of aircraft hovering over dense Vietnamese jungles immediately come to mind. However, while these…

The Miraculous History Behind Britain’s ‘Thankful Villages’

Crowd waving British flags along a street

It’s a well known fact the First World War was one of the deadliest conflicts of human history, with only World War II having a…

The Sleeping Giant Awakes: American Assembly Lines During WWII

Female operating a machine along a factory assembly line

Throughout the Second World War, countries ramped up their production efforts to levels not previously seen. The one that stood out the most with regard…

Bill Mauldin: The Unofficial Cartoonist of the Second World War

Bill Mauldin sitting at a desk

Journalism and war have gone hand in hand for many years, with the field truly coming into its own during the Second World War. On…

How Adam Brown Went from Addict to Decorated Navy SEAL

Four US Navy SEALs aiming their firearms

Navy SEALs are among the most impressive and dedicated servicemen in the US military. This statement was especially true for Adam Brown, who overcame every…

Veterans Hold Reunion 50 Years After Believing One Had Been Killed In Action In Vietnam

Ivis Sloane, Jim Mattis and Tony Solis sitting together on a couch

Jim Mattis, Ivis Sloane and Tony Solis served in the same unit during the Vietnam War, forging an unbreakable bond throughout the conflict. This made…

The Good, the Bad and the Dirty: Understanding WWII Letter Acronyms

Envelope with "SWA(L)K" written in pencil on the back

Letter writing was used on all fronts of the Second World War as a way for soldiers to keep in touch with friends and family.…

The Most Powerful Warships Ever Operated By the US Navy

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) at sea + USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) at sea

The United States is known to have the most powerful Navy in the world. By ton, its active fleet is larger than the next 13…

10 Surviving Buildings From Germany’s Era of Power

Aerial views of the Olympiastadion

The long-term effects of war are felt by all sides. This is even more evident in the case of the two World Wars, given the…

The 7 Most Famous Field Marshals From History

Side by side photos of Bernard Law Montgomery wearing a Field Marshal uniform with beret, and Prince Philip wearing Field Marshal uniform.

Field marshal is the most senior military rank that can be awarded to an individual. Although this varies across countries, it is generally the highest…

Discover the Civil War-Era Military Facility Located Beneath Alcatraz

Aerial view of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island, located in San Francisco Bay, is best known for housing Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. While the prison is what makes the area famous, its…