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I was awarded my PhD in German History by the University of Birmingham in December 2000. I was a teaching fellow in the School of History, University of Birmingham before beginning a lectureship in History at Glasgow Caledonian University in September 2002. I became a reader in 2009.

My most recent main research activity engaged with German and Austrian military history 1914-1945, with particular focus on the Third Reich, through a project designed with general as well as scholarly appeal: a general, single-authored work on the German army under the Third Reich, titled Hitler’s Soldiers: The German Army in the Third Reich (New Haven CT, London: Yale University Press, 2016).

With the encouragement of Yale University Press, I have started research for a companion study to Hitler’s Soldiers, this time focusing on the combat wing of the SS, the Waffen-SS. The resulting study will form the basis of a book provisionally titled The Waffen-SS: A New History, and of applications for related research grants.
Member of the Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte, the German History Society and the German Studies Association.
Re Hitler’s Soldiers: from 11 July 2016, a list of clarifications and corrections, and scanned examples of primary sources cited in the book, will be available via this web page. Click on ‘Research Profile’, then ‘Publications and Research Outputs’.


  • –present
    Reader, History, Glasgow Caledonian University