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 Harley-Davidson WLA Was Affectionately Dubbed the ‘Liberator’ By American Troops

US Armored Division troops sitting on Harley-Davidson WLAs

During the tumultuous years of the Second World War, the Harley-Davidson WLA played a pivotal role in US military operations. Renowned for its ruggedness, reliability…

Why American Soldiers Had Human Skulls Watching Over Them In Vietnam

American soldier sitting behind a human skull while camped out in Vietnam

Above is an American soldier encamped during a tour of Vietnam, sitting with his rifle in-hand while a human skull keeps watch. Award-winning British photojournalist…

Creating the Magnificent US Marine Corps War Memorial

Felix de Weldon standing beneath a plaster cast of 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima'

The US Marine Corps War Memorial – also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial – stands as an iconic symbol of valor and sacrifice. Located…

The Japanese Defeat During the Guadalcanal Campaign Was a Turning Point for the Allies

Wreck of a Japanese ship along the coast of Guadalcanal

Above is a photo of an unidentified Japanese ship that the Americans sank during the Guadalcanal Campaign. The vessel was sunk sometime during the fighting…

SOE Operative Nancy Wake’s Only Regret Was Not Taking Out More Enemy Soldiers During World War II

Portrait of Nancy Wake + Nancy Wake smiling

Amid the chaos and perilous landscapes of German-occupied France, one remarkable woman emerged as a symbol of unwavering courage and indomitable spirit during World War…

Desmond Doss Was the Only Conscientious Objector to Receive the Medal of Honor in World War II

Harry S. Truman placing the Medal of Honor around Desmond Doss' neck

US Army Medic Cpl. Desmond Doss was an extraordinary figure in the annals of military history who defied conventional norms and exemplified unwavering courage in…

The Freelance Photographer With the Amazing Mustache Who Survived Enemy Fire In Vietnam

Kurt Rolfes holding his damaged camera

Photographers played an incredibly crucial role in documenting the Vietnam War, capturing the harsh realities and human side of the conflict. These brave individuals, such…

Before He Was Herman Munster, Fred Gwynne Served With the US Navy During World War II

Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster in 'The Munsters'

Fred Gwynne, the beloved actor known for his iconic roles in The Munsters (1964-66) and Pet Sematary (1989), led a remarkable life beyond the silver…

Dean Martin’s Son Lost His Life During A Routine Military Training Mission

Dean Paul Martin standing outside the cockpit of a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

In the entertainment industry, Dean Martin‘s name resonates with timeless charm, smooth vocals and unforgettable charisma. However, tragedy struck when his son, Dean Paul Martin,…

Windmill Girls Boosted the Spirits of Servicemen and the British Public During World War II

Royal Navy sailor feeding cake to a Windmill Girl while four other women watch

Amidst the chaos and uncertainty of the Second World War, a group of women emerged as beacons of light and resilience. Known as the “Windmill…

The Sinking of U-559 and the Ultimate Sacrifice Made By Three Royal Navy Sailors

Submarine surfacing in rough seas

In the midst of World War II, the demise of German U-boat U-559 became a pivotal event in the relentless battle for supremacy beneath the…

Gerhard Barkhorn Was the Second-Highest-Scoring Fighter Pilot In All of History

Gerhard Barkhorn standing in military uniform

Gerhard Barkhorn was a legendary, although contentious, aviator who flew for the Luftwaffe during World War II. Nonetheless, he earned a vast number of aerial victories,…