About the Authors
Peter D Antill, BA (Hons) MSc (Econ) PGCE (PCE)
Co-author. Peter Antill has degrees from both Staffordshire University (BA (Hons) International Relations) and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (MSc (Econ) Strategic Studies) as well as a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education from Oxford Brookes University. He was employed as a research assistant in the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham between 1998 and 2002 and is currently working at Cranfield University at DA-CMT (Defence Academy - College of Management and Technology). His interests are wide ranging, but include expeditionary warfare and force projection, the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the World Wars and post-war / modern conflicts.
Stalingrad 1942, Peter Antill
. One of the most monumental and widely discussed battles in the history of World War II, Stalingrad was a major defeat for Germany on the Eastern Front. The book provides a detailed breakdown of the armies on both sides, discusses the merits of the commanders, the ways in which these influenced the battle and the Germans allowed themselves to be diverted from their main objective and concentrate such large resources on what was, initially anyway, a secondary target. [see more
Berlin 1945: End of the Thousand Year Reich, Peter Antill.
This book describes the events in the climactic battle for Berlin, looking at the Soviet advance towards Berlin and the Germans' final resistance. Illustrated with a host of maps, colour plates and photographs, it provides a vivid portrayal of the death throes of the Third Reich and the end of the war in Europe, exploring the strategy of both sides and the tactics of impromptu urban warfare. For the Soviets, Berlin was the ultimate prize after almost four years of bloodshed but the cost of taking the city would prove to be staggering. [see more
Crete, 1941: Germany's Lightning Airborne Assault, Peter Antill, Operation Mercury, the German airborne assault on the island of Crete in May 1941, was the first strategic use of airborne forces in history. The assault began on 20 May, with landings near the island's key airports, and reinforcements the next day allowed the German forces to capture one end of the runway at Maleme. By 24 May the Germans were being reinforced by air on a huge scale and on 1 June Crete surrendered. This book describes how desperately close the battle had been, and explains how German losses so shocked the Fuhrer that he never again authorised a major airborne operation.
Tristan Dugdale-Pointon,BA(Hons) MSc(Econs)
Co-author. Mr Dugdale-Pointon has a Masters degree in Strategic Studies where he specialised in intelligence and security issues. His areas of interest include terrorism and counter terrorism in which he was a lecturer, Japanese history and the Napoleonic period in Europe. He was also a member of the International Institute Of Strategic Studies (IISS). He is currently developing his own outdoor and survival skills company StormCrow Training.
Dr John Rickard
Co-author and web-master. Dr Rickard has a thesis on the Personel of English and Welsh Castles, 1272-1422, and has studied medieval military history for nearly a decade. He is the author of most articles before 1700 and has also designed and written the website itself. He has also designed the website for the Osmotherley Walking Shop.
The Castle Community, Dr John Rickard. A must for any serious student of English and Welsh castles in the later middle ages, this work contains a detailed list of the owners and constables of all of the castles in England and Wales between 1272 and 1422, a period that includes the building of Edward I's great castles in North Wales, a prolonged period of warfare against the Scots, and ends with the revolt of Owain Glen Dwr. The book also contains a sizable (20,000 word) introduction discussing castle ownership and building across this period.