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:

Missing Man Formation: A Salute to Fallen Airmen

Four aircraft flying in a missing man formation

Have you ever looked up at the sky and saw a squadron flying overhead perfectly in position, only for one to suddenly pull away, leaving…

Photos That Showcase the Durability of American Aircraft During World War II

Pilot looking at a hole in his aircraft + Airman standing on an aircraft, looking at a hole in its tail

Given the numerous theaters American aircraft flew in throughout World War II, it’s no wonder the majority suffered extensive damage at the hands of the…

IJN Shinano: The Largest Warship Ever Sunk By a Submarine

IJN Shinano at sea + USS Archerfish (SS-311) at sea

The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) laid down many large ships during the Second World War. One was IJN Shinano, a Yamato-class ship that was converted…

The Wildest Photos Taken Throughout the Second World War

Aerial photographer holding a large camera

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is especially true when it comes to wartime. There’s something about these images that…

Held Captive: Airman Richard Keirn Survived Being a Prisoner of War In Both WWII and Vietnam

Military portrait of Richard Keirn + Aerial view of Hỏa Lò Prison

Many servicemen found themselves fighting in not just the Second World War, but also in Vietnam. However, very few were held captive as prisoners of…

Pearl Harbor Heroes: Little-Known Stories of Bravery and Courage

Doris Miller being awarded the Navy Cross + Alice Finn looking at the Medal of Honor on John Finn's US Navy uniform

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, devastating the American forces stationed there. In the…

Joe Galloway: Legendary War Correspondent and Vietnam Hero

Joe Galloway standing in front of a hedge

Joe Galloway is certainly a well-known name to those familiar with the Vietnam War. Whether through his book, We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, or the…

The Long Range Desert Group was the ‘Finest of All Units’ to Serve in North Africa

Convoy of Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) vehicles

Throughout the Second World War, intelligence was key. Commanding officers tasked their sailors, soldiers and pilots with gathering important information, which could be used to…

The True Story Behind ‘Medieval’ and Legendary Bohemian Commander Jan Žižka

Still from 'Medieval'

The 2022 film, Medieval, the most expensive Czech movie ever made at $23 million USD, tells the tale of Jan Žižka, the famed Bohemian commander who…

John Hines Was the King of Pilfering German Goods During World War I

John Hines sitting among stolen German equipment

There were countless stories of intense bravery to come out of the First World War. However, John “Barney” Hines had a much different approach to…

MACV-SOG: The Vietnam-Era Special Operators You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Members of MACV-SOG standing together outside

You’ve heard of the elite Navy SEALs and Green Berets who conducted guerrilla and counter-guerrilla operations, trained local troops and quashed enemy uprising in Vietnam.…

Ernest Evans Took On a Fleet of Japanese Warships, Despite Being Drastically Outnumbered

Ernest Evans smiling during the commissioning ceremony for the USS Johnston (DD-557)

Escort carriers played a unique role during World War II, particularly in the Pacific Theater, where they faced attacks from above, below and from other…