Kenneth Macksey

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Kenneth John Macksey MC (1 July 1923 – 30 November 2005) was a British author and historian who specialized in military history and military biography, particularly of World War II. Macksey was commissioned in the Royal Armoured Corps[1] and served in World War II (winning a Military Cross[2]) under the command of Percy Hobart, later writing the (authoritative) biography of that leader. Macksey, gaining a permanent commission in 1946[3] and being transferred to the Royal Tank Regiment in 1947,[4] reached the rank of major in 1957,[5] retiring from the Army in 1968.[6]

Amongst many other books, Macksey wrote two volumes of alternate history, one dealing with a successful invasion of England by Germany in 1940,[7] and the other describing a NATO - Warsaw Pact clash in the late 1980s.[8] The latter book was done under contract to the Canadian Forces and focuses on the Canadian role in such a conflict. He was an editor and contributor to Greenhill's Alternate Decisions series since 1995.[9]

In Macksey's Guderian - Panzer General, he also refuted the view of historian Sir Basil Liddell-Hart regarding Hart's influence on the development of German Tank Doctrine in the years leading up to 1939.


Macksey's list of publications is very extensive[10] and includes the following titles:


  1. ^ Commissioning date 23 April 1944
  2. ^ MC awarded 21 December 1944
  3. ^ Dated 5 October 1946
  4. ^ Dated 3 January 1947
  5. ^ Promotion date 1 July 1957
  6. ^ Retirement date 3 August 1968
  7. ^ Invasion (1980)
  8. ^ First Clash (1985)
  9. ^ Schmunk, Robert B. Tsouras, Peter G., Kenneth Macksey, and Jonathan North (eds.)., ed. "Greenhill's Alternate Decisions". Uchronia: The Alternate History List. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  10. ^ A comprehensive, but not necessarily complete, listing can be found at the WorldCat website