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LLOYD CLARK

Lloyd Clark

Lloyd Clark is Professor of Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History at University of Buckingham. He is also a senior academic in the Department of War Studies, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the British Commission for Military History and historian to the Airborne Assault Normandy Trust. Educated in the departments of history and war studies at King’s College, University of London, Professor Clark is a specialist in the First and Second World Wars with a particular interest in airborne and amphibious warfare; operational fighting methods; command and leadership; the development of doctrine and military lesson learning.  Professor Clark’s publications include: A History of the First World War (Hutchinson, 2002); The Orne Bridgehead (Sutton, 2004); Operation Epsom (Sutton, 2004); Operation Market Garden – September 1944 (Sutton, 2004); Anzio – The Friction of War – Italy and the Battle for Rome 1944 (UK: Headline, 2006; US: Grove Atlantic, 2006); Arnhem – Jumping the Rhine 1944-45 (UK: Headline, 2008; US: Grove Atlantic, 2008) and Kursk – The Greatest Battle – Eastern Front 1943 (UK: Headline, 2011; US: Grove Atlantic, 2011).

He has appeared on many TV programmes including Meet the Ancestors, Timewatch, Battlefield Detectives, Battle Plans and In the Line of Fire. He is married with three children and is a keen sportsman having played representative rugby and tennis. He tries to maintain his fitness by trail running, mountain walking and still plays the occasional game of cricket and rugby which he also coaches.

His Blitzkrieg - France 1940, the first in a three book contract with Grove Atlantic in the US and Atlantic in the UK, was published both sides of the Atlantic in 2016.

LATEST BOOK: BLITZKRIEG

Lloyd Clark ‘This genuinely revisionist account of the Battle of France in 1940 proves a deeply shocking factwe are essentially still in thrall to the view of Blitzkrieg tactics that Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels wanted us to have, even over three-quarters of a century later. Lloyd Clark s brilliant analysis proves that ‘Fall Gelb’ wasn’t all about unstoppable, superior panzers and Stukas, but was in fact an audacious, highly risky infantry-based plan that could have gone badly wrong given a different Allied mindset’. Andrew Roberts

The German campaign in France during the summer of 1940 was pivotal to Hitler's ambitions and fundamentally affected the course of the Second World War. Having squabbled about fighting methods right up to the start of the campaign, the German forces provided the Führer with a swift, efficient and decisive military victory over the Allied forces.

In achieving in just six weeks what their fathers had failed to accomplish during the four years of the First World War, Germany altered the balance of power in Europe at a stroke. Yet, as Lloyd Clark shows in this enthralling new book, it was far from a foregone conclusion. Blitzkrieg tells the story of the campaign, while highlighting the key technologies, decisions and events that led to German success, and details the mistakes, good fortune and chronic weaknesses in their planning process and approach to war fighting. There are also compelling portraits of the officers who played key roles, including Heinz Guderian, Ewin Rommel, Kurt Student, Charles de Gaulle and Bernard Montgomery
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Clark argues that far from being undefeatable, the France 1940 campaign revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable - a fact dismissed by Hitler as he began to plan for his invasion of the Soviet Union - and offers a gripping reassessment of the myths that have built up around one of the Second World War's greatest military victories.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Blitzkrieg, Grove Atlantic USA, Grove UK, 2016; Kursk: The Greatest Tank Battle, Eastern Front, 1943, Headline UK, Grove Atlantic USA, 2011; Arnhem: Jumping the Rhine 1944 and 1945 – The Greatest Airborne Battle in History, Headline, 2008; Crossing the Rhine: Breaking into Nazi Germany 1944 – 1945: The Greatest Airborne Battles in History (Grove Atlantic, USA) 2008. Arnhem: Cruzando el Rin 1945 y 1945, Ariel, 2008; Anzio: The Friction of War – Italy and the Battle for Rome (Headline) 2006, Grove Atlantic, 2006. Anzio: La Batalla Por Roma, 1944 (Ariel) 2008. The Battles of the Rhine  (Official Ministry of Defence 60th Anniversary Publication) 2005, The Orne Bridgehead (Suttons) 2004, Operation Epsom (Suttons) 2004, The Drive on Caen (Official Ministry of Defence 60th Anniversary Publication) 2004, Operation Market Garden (Official Ministry of Defence 60th Anniversary Publication) 2004, The Eastern Front [With D. Anderson and S. Walsh] (David and Charles) 2001, Arnhem: Operation Market Garden, September 1944 (Suttons) 2002, World War One: A History: Helicon/ Hutchinson, 2001, 1918- Flawed Victory (Grolier) 1999, The Fall of the Reich [With D. Anderson] (David and Charles) 2000.

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