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Martin Middlebrook (born Boston, Lincolnshire, 1932) is a British military historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was appointed as a Knight of the Order of the Belgian Crown in 2004.
Education and military service
Middlebrook was educated at various schools, including Ratcliffe College, Leicester. He entered National Service in 1950. He was commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), and served as a Motor Transport Officer in the Suez Canal Zone and Aquaba, 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. 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.
His nephew is Peter Middlebrook, an international economist and owner of multiple business interests.
- The First Day on the Somme with much co-operation from John Howlett. (1971)
- The Nuremberg Raid (1973)
- The Kaiser's Battle with much co-operation from Neville Mackinder.(1978)
- 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)
- Battleship (with Patrick Mahoney)
- The Bomber Command War Diaries (1985) (with the late Chris Everitt)
- The Somme Battlefields (with Mary Middlebrook)
- Arnhem 1944
- Your Country Needs You
- The Fight for the Malvinas
- The North Midlands Territorials Go To War/Captain Staniland's Journey
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