Ian Hawkins

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Ian Hawkins (born, 7 July 1939), is a British war historian, and author and editor of factual books about World War II. He has written five books.

Early years[edit]

Ian Hawkins became interested in the history of the Second World War as a boy growing up in East Anglia; his father, a Royal Navy destroyer commander, and an uncle, a Royal Air Force squadron leader, were both killed in action. A former civil engineer, he sustained very severe head injuries in an attack in Saudi Arabia in 1976 and was left paralysed down one side of his body. He now uses a wheelchair as a result of his paralysis.

Style of Writing[edit]

Ian's books follow an unusual style in that they are made up in part of quotes from people who actually took part in the action. Obviously this is a very time consuming way of writing a book and "The Munster Raid" took over thirty years to compile.

A fan of Ian's books is Len Deighton who has written the foreword to several of them.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • B-17s over Berlin: Personal Stories from the 95th Bomb Group (H). Brassey's. 1990. ISBN 008040569X.  Also, published as Courage*honor*victory
  • Destroyer: an Anthology of First-hand Accounts of the War at Sea, 1939-1945. Conway Maritime Press. 2003. ISBN 0851779476. OCLC 54664339. 
  • Münster: the Way It Was. Robinson Typographics. 1984. ISBN 0918837006. OCLC 11650377.  edited by Richard H. Perry
  • The Munster Raid: Before and After. FNP Military Division. 1999. ISBN 0917678494. OCLC 43562170. 
  • The Munster Raid: Bloody Skies over Germany. AERO. 1990. ISBN 0830650016. OCLC 20057559. 
  • 20th Century Crusaders: 392nd Bombardment Group (H), January 1943-September 1945: True Tales of the Air War over Europe Told by Those who Lived Them. Turner Pub. 1997. ISBN 1563113694. OCLC 41439247.  with Bill and Marge Braddock, editors.

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