Martin Middlebrook

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Martin Middlebrook
Born Boston, Lincolnshire
Occupation author
Genre military history
Subject World War I, World War II, Falklands War
Notable works The First Day on the Somme,
The Nuremberg Raid,
The Berlin Raids
Spouse Mary Middlebrook

Martin Middlebrook, FRHistS (born 1932 in Boston, Lincolnshire) is an English military historian and author.

Education and military service

Middlebrook was educated at various schools, including Ratcliffe College, Leicester. He entered National Service in 1950, was commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), and served as a Motor Transport Officer in the Suez Canal Zone and Aqaba, Jordan. Middlebrook subsequently spent three years in Territorial Army service.


Middlebrook wrote his first book The First Day on the Somme (1971) following a visit to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium in 1967.[1] This is a detailed study of the single worst day for the British Army. Middlebrook gave the same single-day treatment to 21 March 1918, the opening of the German Spring Offensive, in The Kaiser's Battle. Middlebrook's Second World War books concentrate on the air war. A number of them again deal with a single day of action (The Nuremberg Raid, The Schweinfurt–Regensburg Mission and The Peenemünde Raid) while others cover longer air battles (The Battle of Hamburg and The Berlin Raids). Middlebrook has also written two books on the Falklands War, one from the British and Falkland Islanders' perspective and one from the Argentinian perspective.


Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS). He was appointed Knight of the Order of the Belgian Crown in 2004.[2]


  • The First Day on the Somme with much co-operation from John Howlett. (1971) OCLC 462049234
  • The Nuremberg Raid (1973) OCLC 463009305
  • Battleship: the loss of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse (with Patrick Mahoney) (1977) ISBN 0713910429
  • The Kaiser's Battle with much co-operation from Neville Mackinder. (1978) ISBN 071391081X
  • The Battle of Hamburg (1980)
  • The Peenemünde Raid (1982)
  • The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission (1983)
  • The Falklands War, 1982 (1985) first published as Operation Corporate
  • The Berlin Raids (1988)
  • Convoy SC.122 & HX.229 (1976) ISBN 9781848844780
  • The Bomber Command War Diaries (1985) (with the late Chris Everitt) ISBN 0670801372
  • The Somme Battlefields: a Comprehensive Guide from Crʹecy to the Two World Wars (with his wife Mary Middlebrook) (1991) ISBN 0670830836
  • Arnhem 1944 (1994) ISBN 081332498X
  • Your Country Needs You: from Six to Sixty-five Divisions (2000) ISBN 0850527112
  • The Fight for the Malvinas
  • The North Midlands Territorials Go To War/Captain Staniland's Journey


  1. ^ Ottawa Citizen More Ottawa Citizen. "Q&A: Military historian, Martin Middlebrook". Ottawa Citizen.
  2. ^ "An interview with Martin Middlebrook: reflections on fifty years of researching and writing on the First World War".

External links

  • A letter from Middlebrook describing the writing of The First Day on the Somme
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