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ROBIN CROSS

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Robin Cross has written over thirty books, including The Bombers: Strategy and Tactics in the 20th Century (Bantam, 1986); the best-selling VE-Day: Victory in Europe 1945 (Sidgwick and Jackson, 1985); the number one Sunday Times bestseller We’ll Meet Again (with Vera Lynn, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1989); and Citadel: The Battle of Kursk (Michael O' Mara, 1993, republished 2002 by Penguin Military Classics). Citadel was described by the Times as ‘an absorbing wholly accessible, account of the battle’.

His Fallen Eagle: The Last Days of the Third Reich (Michael O'Mara, 1995) was described by the Sunday Express as a ‘mesmerising account of the final bloody weeks of war’.  In 2008 he published In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War (Ebury / Imperial War Museum). His Hitler: An Illustrated Life (Quercus, 2009) was described by Richard Overy as ‘The essential biography of one of the most paradoxical and dangerous characters in the history of the modern age’.

With his wife, the novelist and historian Rosalind Miles, he co-wrote Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War From Antiquity to Iraq (Three Rivers, 2008). In 2012 he contributed to 50 Events You Really Need to Know About the History of War as an entry in the long-running Quercus series about the history of ideas. In 2016 he published Tanks: 100 Years of Armoured Warfare (Andre Deutsch / Bovington Tank Museum).

His World at War: World Wars I and II in Photographs has been continuously in print since 1998 and for many years he has worked as contributor and consultant to the Quantum Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weaponry and Warfare. Along with Charles Messenger and H.P. Willmott, he was a major contributor to the Dorling Kindersley World War II (2004).

He has worked for the Ministry of Defence and the Daily Telegraph, as part of the team covering the first Gulf War for the latter, as well as writing and editing special features for the newspaper on The Battle of Britain and John Keegan's serialised History of World War II. He was the consultant editor on Keegan's 1989 single-volume history of the conflict.  He has also written and directed over 150 television documentaries broadcast on the BBC and worldwide, many of them covering World War I and World War II subjects.

His Forgotten Victory - The Story of the Second D-Day, August 1944 will be published by Pegasus in 2018.

He lives in England.

LATEST BOOK: TANKS – 100 YEARS OF ARMOURED WARFARE
On 15 September 1916 a new weapon entered the military arsenals at a small engagement on the Somme. The first tank, the British Mark I, was cumbersome, unreliable and slow, but the impact on the morale of the German troops was salutary. Whatever its initial technical shortcomings, the tank incarnated the mechanisation and industrialisation of warfare and helped to break the stalemate of the First World War. It brought together firepower, protection and mobility to become a key component of modern warfare.

Published in association with The Tank Museum, this authoritative book charts the tank's first century, from the early stumbling attempts at developing an all-terrain armoured vehicle to the lethal killing machines of the twenty-first century. It features rare removable facsimile documents from the museum's archive, including diary entries, blueprints, instruction manuals and handbooks. Major technical developments and types are covered from the Mark IV, the German Panzer, the Russian T-26 and the American Grants and Shermans. The most famous tank battles are described, from Flers-Courcelette in 1916 to Kursk in 1943, the First Gulf War and the performance of tanks in the Russo-Georgian War of 2008.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Bombers: Strategy and Tactics in the 20th Century (Bantam, 1986); VE-Day: Victory in Europe 1945 (Sidgwick and Jackson, 1985); We’ll Meet Again (with Vera Lynn, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1989); Citadel: The Battle of Kursk (Michael O' Mara, 1993, republished 2002 by Penguin Military Classics);. Fallen Eagle: The Last Days of the Third Reich (Michael O'Mara, 1995); In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War (Ebury 1994, in association with the Imperial War Museum); Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War From Antiquity to Iraq (with Rosalind Miles, Three Rivers, 2008); Hitler: An Illustrated Life (Quercus, 2009); 50 Events You Really Need to Know About the History of War as an entry in the long-running Quercus, 2011); Tanks: 100 Years of Armoured Warfare (Andre Deutsch, 2016 in association with Bovington Tank Museum).

 

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