Dr Ben Wheatley is a military historian based in the University of East Anglia’s School of History. Previously a member of the King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department he taught on the Intermediate Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Ben’s research interests primarily focus on German armoured warfare operations on the Eastern Front during the later years of the Second World War (1943-45). As such he constructed an operational study of the monumental battles around Kursk in the summer of 1943 for the Advanced Command and Staff Course. Further interests include; German armoured warfare across all theatres, the Eastern Front more broadly defined and British intelligence history. He is the author of British Intelligence and Hitler’s Empire in the Soviet Union 1941- 1945 and numerous military history articles.


Dr Jack Sheldon served a full career with the British Army and is a graduate of the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg. He worked in Army Group intelligence at HQ NORTHAG and has a strong background in operational and campaign planning, having served five years in the Ops/Log Division at HQ AFCENT and later as Chief Operations Branch, Headquarters Western European Union in Brussels. He studied military history at Sandhurst under Peter Young, David Chandler, John Keegan and Anthony Brett-James and, since retirement, has devoted himself primarily to researching and writing about the German Army on the Western Front 1914 – 1918. His published work includes numerous battlefield guides, eight full length books on the subject and he is currently preparing a ninth volume concerning the closing months of the war. He is a member of the Western Front Association, the British Commission for Military History and the Douglas Haig Foundation.


Clive served in the Royal Corps of Signals between 1985-1991 ending his military life at the Signals Wing RMA Sandhurst. He was a co-founder of Battle Honours in 2004 and Staffride in 2015 and has a lifelong interest in the Great War. A published author having written and contributed to numerous books, he has led hundreds of tours the length of the Western Front, Gallipoli, Salonika, Palestine and the Italian Front. He has lectured to RUSI, The National World War One Museum, Kansas City, MO and Brasenose College, Oxford alongside numerous historical associations across the globe. He achieved the Guild of Battlefield Guides Badge in 2007 and more recently his Master's Degree at the Unversity of Wolverhampton studying Britain and the Great War.

His specialist subjects include the Gallipoli Campaign, The Italian Front, The Spring Offensive of 1918 and Breaking the Hindenburg Line. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History and a one time Trustee of the Western Front Association. He has worked with the BBC, Granada TV, Channel 4 and CBS as a historical contributor and in 2016 advised the Department of Culture Media & Sport for the Somme 100 Commemorations at both Westminster Abbey and Thiepval.        

Peter was commissioned as a Regular Infantry Officer in 1979, he then joined the Territorial Army in 1985. After ten years running a small manufacturing plant in the Midlands, he took an academic career lecturing at Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Oxford Universities before arriving at Cranfield in 1999. He was involved in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR), provided evidence for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), provided evidence to the House of Commons Defence Committee and taught at many military academies around the world. He specialises in current defence analysis, military doctrine, military history, terrorism, psychological information and military media operations.

He also lectures on aspects of airpower to Royal Air Force students. Peter reguarly broadcasts on TV and radio, also writes for newspapers and websites. He is the author of numerous books including By God They Can Fight (1996), The Fight For Iraq (2004), Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives (2011) and Monty Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell (2012). He was awarded the TD (Territorial Decoration) in 1997 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHS) in 2010.

James Holland is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the best-selling Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, five of which feature the heroic Jack Tanner, a soldier of the Second World War.He is currently writing a three-volume new history of the Second World War in the West and a book about the Defence of the Admin Box in Burma. He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries, Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, as well as the Battle for Malta, Cold War, Hot Jets, and Normandy 44.

Co-founder and Programme Director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

John Greenacre

John Greenacre was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport and took part in the First Gulf War before transferring to the Army Air Corps on completion of the Army Pilots Corps. As a reconnaissance pilot John flew operationally in the Balkans and Northern Ireland. He attended ACSC and completed staff appointments in arms control and procurement and training in a divisional HQ. John’s final post in the army was in the Attack Helicopter Force HQ controlling all operational training across the UK AH Force.
John is a published author and has completed a PhD in history with the University of Leeds and now works as a full-time historian with University Campus Suffolk and as an independent Battlefield Guide and lecturer.