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:

Where Is Hacksaw Ridge, the Site Where Desmond Doss Saved the Lives of 75 US Soldiers?

Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss in 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Conscientious objector Desmond Doss staged one of the most daring rescues of the Second World War, risking life and limb to get 75 of his…

Eddie Slovik: The Only US Soldier to Be Executed for Desertion Since the Civil War

Still from 'The Execution of Private Slovik' + Military portrait of Eddie Slovik

Throughout the Second World War, Allied and Axis militaries struggled with desertion. Among the American forces alone, most occurred in the European Theater – an…

Friedrich Paulus: The German Field Marshal On the Soviet Payroll

Friedrich Paulus standing beside another man

The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the most deadly engagements of the Second World War. It’s also where soon-to-be German Generalfeldmarschall Friedrich Paulus earned…

The Ending of the Battle of Ia Drang Was Different Than How It’s Depicted In ‘We Were Soldiers’

Mel Gibson and Sam Elliott as Lt. Col. Hal Moore and Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley in 'We Were Soldiers'

We Were Soldiers (2002) is considered by many to be one of the best Vietnam War films ever made. This praise is largely due to…

British Actors Who Served In the Military

Sean Connery and Michael Caine as Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart and Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur in 'A Bridge Too Far'

Actors are best-known for their work on-screen, with their pre-fame lives being, generally, forgotten. That being said, there are many whose pre-acting experiences influenced the…

Jewish Man Reunites With Family Who Hid Him and His Mother During WWII

Otto Frank opening a bookcase door in front of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands

David Rossler, 83, and his mother, Haja Sura Zoltak, were kept hidden by a Belgian family during the the Second World War, a defiant act…

Mitsuo Fuchida Led the Aerial Attack on Pearl Harbor Before Finding Religion

Mitsuo Fuchida speaking with Jimmy Doolittle

Perhaps the last person you’d expect to become a Christian Evangelist is the man who commanded the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor on December…

The Battle of Cologne Saw a Legendary Standoff Between a Panther and a Pershing

Soldier standing near the cathedral in Cologne's city center

Following the incredible success of the Allied landings in Normandy and their push through occupied territory, it became clear who was going to win the…

Playboy’s Surprising Impact On the Vietnam War

US soldier reading a magazine while sitting in a river

For those fighting overseas during the Vietnam War, there was nothing like the comforts of home. From Adrian Cronauer‘s radio show on the American Forces…

Frederic Walker: The Most Successful Anti-Submarine Commander During the Battle of the Atlantic

U-boat sinking at sea + Military portrait of Frederic Walker

Imperative to the success of the British Royal Navy in the Second World War was curbing the nefarious German U-boats that terrorized the Allies throughout…

How Canadian Paratroopers Prevented the Soviet Red Army’s Westward Advance

Pvt. L.H. Johnson and Sgt. D.R. Fairborn manning a PIAT anti-tank gun

As the Second World War drew to a close, the Allies became suspicious of those they’d previously been fighting alongside. This was particularly clear with…

Academy Award-Winning Actor David Niven Had to Fight to Serve In WWII

British soldiers walking on a beach during D-Day + David Niven dressed as a soldier

A famous Hollywood star of the 1940s, through to the ’80s, David Niven featured in numerous popular films, even taking on the role of James…