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:

The Darne Machine Gun Could Be Used as Both a Ground and Aerial Weapon

Soldier manning a Darne machine gun on a boat

Of the many weapons created at the end of the First World War, the Darne machine gun is certainly one of the less popular. It…

András Toma: The Last WWII Prisoner of War to Be Repatriated – In 2000

András Toma being pushed through a crowd while sat in a wheelchair

The end of World War II was a logistical nightmare. Between Victory In Europe (VE) Day and September 1945, some 1,417,850 Americans alone were repatriated. Other…

Why Did a Test Pilot Wear a Gorilla Mask In Flight?

Two Bell P-59 Airacomets in flight + Individual wearing a gorilla mask

Imagine flying through the skies during the Second World War when, suddenly, an aircraft appears to your left. The pilot waves at you, but it’s…

The P-38F Lightning ‘Glacier Girl’ Was Buried Beneath The Ice For 50 Years

Lockheed P-38F Lightning 'Glacier Girl' in flight

So many aircraft went down during the Second World War that it would be difficult to calculate the total. One was a Lockheed P-38F Lightning,…

The Morgenthau Plan Would Have Resulted In the Deaths of 25 Million Germans

Alexander Cambridge, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and William Lyon Mackenzie King sitting together

There reached a point during the Second World War where the Allies felt confident about victory, especially after their incredible success following the invasion of…

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…