Previous Second World War Research Group Research Seminars

Since its inception, the Second World War Research Group has regularly hosted a series of research seminars at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, and at the Department of War Studies, King's College London on the Strand in London. If you would like to host Second World War Research Group affiliated seminars at your institution, please contact us. Below is a list of seminar papers hosted by the Group, with links to podcasts:

  • Dr Peter Caddick-Adams (Cranfield University), 'Sand and Steel: The D-Day invasions and the liberation of France', at Mississippi State University, 18 November, 2019;

  • Professor Robin Prior, ‘Conquer We Must: Writing About Britain In Two World Wars',10 July 2018;

  • Professor Brian Farrell (National University of Singapore), 'Failure or Precursor? Independent Companies and Special Forces 1940-42', 21 May 2018;

  • Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely, 'The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940', 30 May 2018;

  • Dr Helen Fry, ‘The London Cage: the Secret History of Britain’s World War II Interrogation Centre’, 28 February 2018;

  • Dr David Jordan (King’s College London), ‘“‘A Most Cooperative Organization’: The Trials and Tribulations of Air Support in North West Europe, June-December 1944”’, 20 February 2018;

  • Professor Ashley Jackson (King's College London), ‘A Busy Summer: Invading Iran, Iraq and Syria, 1941’, 27 Nov 2017;

  • Dr Kent Fedorowich (University of the West of England), ‘The Failed Imperial Conference of 1941', 2 March 2017;

  • Professor Douglas Delaney, (Royal Military College of Canada), 'The Imperial Army Project: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1902-1945', 3 November 2016;

  • Dr Peter Lieb (Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr), Dr Andrew Stewart (King's College London), and Dr Tim Benbow (King's College London), 'Roundtable on the Normandy Campaign,' 1 July 2016;

  • Professor Phillips O'Brien (University of St Andrews), 'Vital Centres and Communications: Air and Sea Power Theory and Victory in the Second World War,' 17 March 2016 (in conjunction with the King’s College Air Power Studies Research Group);

  • Dr Donal Lowry, 'Pirate Knight: The Imperial World of General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, VC,' 3 March 2016;

  • Mr Alexander Wilson (King's College London), 'The Gurkha Brigade: An Operational Assessment, 1935-45,' 25 February 2016;

  • Dr Niall Barr (King's College London), 'Yanks and Limeys: Alliance Warfare in World War II,' 29 October 2015;

  • Dr Gary Campion, 'Battle of Britain Day, 15 September 1940: the Air Ministry and the Few,' 15 September 2015 (in conjunction with the King’s College Air Power Studies Research Group);

  • Dr Peter Lieb (Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr), 'The German Army and the Normandy Campaign, 1944,' 30 June 1914;

  • Professor Kathryn Barbier, 'Quiet Neighbours, Secret Nazis: Exposing Nazi Collaborators in America,' 4 June 2015;

  • Dr Jonathan Fennell (King's College London), 'No Easy Wins: The British and Commonwealth Armies in World War II,' 1 June 2015;

  • Dr Christopher Knowles, 'Military Occupation and Postwar Reconstruction of Germany, 1945-49,' 24 March 2015;

  • Dr Richard Hammond (King's College London), 'Logistics Revisited: Reassessing the Effects of the Anti-Shipping Campaign in the Mediterranean,' 5 March 2015;

  • Professor Greg Kennedy (King's College London), 'Anglo-American Intelligence Assessments of Japanese Air Power, 1933-41,' 26 February 2015;

  • Professor John Buckley (University of Wolverhampton), 'Command and Leadership in the 21st Army Group, 1944-45,' 13 November 2014;

  • Professor Joe Maiolo (King's College London), 'The Origins of the Second World War,' 1 October 2014.