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:

Staff Sergeant Gail Kerns Was Held As a POW By the North Vietnamese for Four Years

Two nurses standing around Gail Kerns as he kisses the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

As with all conflicts, prisoners of war (POW) were commonplace during the Vietnam War. It’s estimated that around 2,500 Americans were either missing in action…

Soviet Citizens of All Ages Helped the Red Army Defend Against the Siege of Leningrad – Including Children

Two children assembling submachine guns at a table

The Siege of Leningrad, a devastating 872-day blockade of the Soviet city by the Germans during World War II, remains a horrific part of the…

5,000 War Dogs Served in Vietnam and Almost All of Them Were Left Behind

Frank Spano kneeling alongside his German Shepherd, Lobo

Among the many valiant actors of the Vietnam War were war dogs, courageous canines who played an indispensable role in the conflict. Trained as sentry,…

The Mechanized Nature of Warfare In WWI Forced the French Cavalry to Adapt Their Fighting Style

French cavalrymen positioned at the top of a hill

World War I witnessed the advent of mechanized warfare, with tanks, artillery and machine guns redefining the nature of combat. Amid this modernization, the role…

Portable Surgical Hospitals Were Among the Most Important Medical Advancements of World War II

Surgeon and other medical personnel operating in a portable surgical hospital

The Second World War brought about devastation and human suffering on a global scale. As the conflict escalated, the need for rapid and efficient medical…

From Barracks to Ballgowns: Drag Performances Helped Boost Morale in World War II

Polish airman dressed in drag while other aviators stand around him

Ask any commander of the Second World War and they’ll agree it was incredibly important to keep up troop morale. This was accomplished in many…

USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) Recovered the Crew of the Apollo 17 Space Mission

Frogman standing with the Apollo 17 Command Module, with the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) in the distance

On December 7, 1972, a three-man crew was launched into space on the final mission of NASA‘s Apollo program. For 12 days, they orbited space,…

Winston Churchill’s Daughter Commanded Anti-Aircraft Batteries During World War II

Mary Soames (née Spencer-Churchill) saluting in uniform

Winston Churchill is almost synonymous with World War II, serving as British Prime Minister throughout the conflict. However, he wasn’t the only Churchill to do…

The Little-Known Grand Stand of the ‘First Soldier of France’

Albert Severin Roche standing with Ferdinand Foch

As the world descended into the chaos of World War I, one man’s bravery and unwavering dedication stood out. Albert Severin Roche, known as the…

Australian Soldiers Viewed the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ As Their Saviors During World War II

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels carrying a stretcher while an Australian soldier follows behind

Alongside the Allies who braved the fighting in the Territory of Papua were a group of selfless heroes known as the “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.” These…

Unraveling the Turbulence and Conflict of the Aden Emergency

British soldiers, in gas masks, holding up their rifles

The Aden Emergency, which unfolded between 1963-67, was a period of intense turmoil and conflict in British-controlled Aden (modern-day Yemen). The uprising, led by Arab…

Raymond Roberts Braved the Aden Emergency to Serve as a Chaplain with the British Royal Navy

Raymond Roberts performing a prayer service for a British Army patrol

Of the many brave chaplains to serve with military personnel throughout history, Reverend Raymond Roberts stands out. Born in Wales on April 14, 1931, he…