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Philip W. Blood

Research expertise:

Germany: military history, police history, social hunting and cultures of militarism.

Military occupation and security warfare, transport, railways and the logistics of the Holocaust.

Strategic studies and civil-military relations. 

Advanced historical research in Germany, UK, USA, Poland, Holland and Belgium.


Research application of GIS software (Geographic Information System) in mapping soldiers and small unit actions in war and the Holocaust.  Mapping the origins of Auschwitz in the German colonies before 1914.



BA (Hons) degree at Lancaster University in Politics, (Military History, Strategic Studies and Civil-Military Relations).

MBA (with distinction) from Aston University Business School.

MPhil, History, Birkbeck College, University of London, (one year, not completed, transferred to PhD. 

PhD, Military and Security History, Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham, Cranfield University

Supervised by Professor Richard Holmes and advised by Professor Chris Bellamy. 

Academic career:

Lecturer, Working Men's Education Association, London.

Lecturer, University of Surrey, Guildford.

Senior Lecturer and chief researcher, RWTH-Aachen, Germany.

Historian, Association of the US Army, Washington DC.

Historical advisor, US Army Europe Education Services.

Chief Administrator and Senior Fellow with the American Academy in Berlin, under Henry Kissinger and Richard Holbrooke.

Background, non-academic career:

Pre-university - UK civil service Department of Employment/Transport.

Post-university seventeen years in Lloyd's of London and reinsurance company market.


An independent historian, researcher and freelance author.

Born in Manchester, England - a resident of Aachen, Germany.

Latest book:

Birds of Prey: Hitler's Luftwaffe, Ordinary Soldiers and the Holocaust in Poland, (Ibidem, 2021).


Work in progress: 

Genocide and the Russian Way of War (planned 2022). 

Sicherheitskrieg: Essays in Security Warfare, Occupation and Genocide (planned 2022).

The Destruction of Charlemagne's City: A Study of Churchill as Warlord (planned 2023).

The German Soldier: a cultural history,  (planned, 2024). 

Steam Railways and Industrial Archaeology 

When I’m not writing or researching, I enjoy taking an interest in standard gauge steam railways in Europe and the USA, and industrial archaeology.

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