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 Boston, Lincolnshire, 1932) is a British military historian and author.

Education and military service[edit]

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.

Family and personal life[edit]

His nephew is Peter Middlebrook, an economist and owner of business interests. His other nephew, Martin Middlebrook, is a photographer whose has taken numerous expeditions to Afghanistan.


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



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