Iain Ballantyne

Iain Ballantyne


Iain’s writing assignments have taken him flying over the Norwegian Arctic with the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force, on patrols with the Royal Marines in Ulster’s so-called Bandit Country (during the Troubles) and into sea minefields off war-torn Kuwait and even into the Bosnian war zone.

Winner of a British Maritime Charitable Foundation (BMCF) Special Recognition Award for his ‘consistent and unwavering contribution to raising maritime awareness over the years’, as a journalist Iain Ballantyne covered the front line activities of navies around the world.

Aside from being one of the few writers to voyage beneath the waves in a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine, he has also visited closed zones in Russia, including Murmansk, Kronstadt and the Crimea.

When it comes to writing on naval history Iain’s action-packed account of WW2 sea combat, ‘Killing the Bismarck’, garnered a Mountbatten Maritime Award Certificate of Merit while his ground-breaking ‘Hunter Killers’ was the first book to tell the truth behind several dangerous episodes in the Cold War under the sea.

A one-time London-based defence and diplomatic correspondent for a national news agency, Iain has contributed to coverage of naval and defence issues in The Sunday Telegraph, Western Morning News and Scotland-on-Sunday, as well as prestigious publications published on behalf of NATO and the Royal Navy.

In addition to being founding (and current) Editor of the global naval news magazine ‘WARSHIPS International Fleet Review’ Iain also produces HPC Publishing’s popular ‘Guide to the Royal Navy’.

Aside from regularly commentating on geo-political naval affairs and maritime history for regional television and radio, Iain’s other varied pursuits in the past have included movie reviewing (for newspapers, magazines and radio) and co-devising a six-part wine game show (broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4). Iain also for some years worked on numerous projects for London-based Grosvenor Film, both in project conceptualization and script-writing.

Iain’s public speaking engagements have included giving a talk on the pursuit and destruction of battleship Bismarck at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and, most recently, a very well received talk on the same topic at the Naval & Military Club, St James’s. Earlier this year (2016) he spoke on issues surrounding renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent to the Defence Society of Westminster School.

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#OnThisDay (22 September 1914) three British Cressy-class armoured cruisers (HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy) are sunk by the German submarine U-9 at Broad Fourteens in the North Sea. #WW1

No doubt 'The Cauldron' by Zeno ranks up there with 'The Cruel Sea' when it comes to fictional accounts of combat in #WW2 that convey (often harsh) truths. First read it aged 13 & dipped into it for 'Arnhem: Ten Days in The Cauldron' @AgoraBooksLDN https://t.co/m3Ob8mJcMZ

The Memorial 'The Women in Wartime' in Arnhem, Holland. This memorial reminds the citizens of Arnhem of the determined women who played an important role during WWII in the resistance. #memorial #WWII #womenatwar #Resistance #Arnhem75 #Arnhem

#Arnhem75 As XXX Corps advanced beyond Nijmegen, the 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division was directed to break off from the attack on Arnhem and link-up with the Poles at Driel. It was still hoped to get across the Rhine to support the remains of the British 1st Airborne Division.

Again it was a privilege to be invited into the garden and one time resting place of lads killed during the Arnhem battle here with son of Kate ter Horst marvellous to have met Sophie on Tuesday

Raised a glass to the gallant lads who held the bridge under overwhelming odds 75 years ago this week

.@HMSPWLS 👑 has sailed under the three iconic Forth crossings – lowering her mast to pass beneath the two road and one rail bridges 🌉 ⚓ 🚢. #HMSPrinceofWales #RoyalNavy. Read about her recent sailing here: https://t.co/QR81wzKl92

HMS Prince of Wales - second of two aircraft carriers built at Rosyth Fife sails under the famous Forth Rail Bridge this afternoon

C’mon @almurray, we saw you looking at our Jeep.......how about a retweet and a follow? #Arnhem75

We are one of the largest Facebook groups dedicated to Operation Market Garden. Please can we get some retweets and follows for our newest platform? #Arnhem75

One for a Sunday read in case you missed it during the week. https://t.co/qxzp6Tdo5p on some aspects of the Battle of Arnhem for @HistoryExtra & as also covered in more detail in 'Arnhem: Ten Days in The Cauldron' https://t.co/m3Ob8mJcMZ @AgoraBooksLDN #Arnhem75 #WW2

War photographer Robert Capa captured the grim chaos of the D-Day landings in a series of now iconic images. See them before the IWM Robert Capa: D-Day in 35mm exhibition ends on 29 September: https://t.co/Y2Vrm46Cq2

© International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

When in Warsaw pay tribute to the General Sosabowski monument erected with support of @NLinPoland https://t.co/UpIBt6IO46

Some 1200 Glider Pilot Regiment pilots took part in Op MARKET GARDEN. Yesterday in Arnhem we read out the names of the 229 who died, another 469 were wounded and/or taken prisoner. Today at Oosterbeek and forever we will remember their sacrifice with pride and thanks. #Arnhem75

The Flower Children of Arnhem undertake a tradition that has taken place since 1945. #Arnhem75 #MarketGarden75 #WW2

#Arnhem75 Three young airborne soldiers contemplate the sacrifice of the Arnhem generation at the Oosterbeek Cemetery. A new generation, taking the same oath, and prepared to make the same sacrifice for us, if and when called. #WeWillRememberThem @CWGC #SundayThoughts #BeTheBest

The new @WarshipsIFR features the packed flight-deck of the USS Boxer @USNavy on maritime security patrol in Arabian waters, with AH-1Z Viper gunship of @USMC taking off. Available now in shops or direct from publisher https://t.co/egcPvgrMHQ #Navies #Warships #helicopters

Indestructible fighting spirit of Airborne soldiers who fought at #Arnhem exemplified by Cpl Harry Tucker. In '94 talked with him at length for 50th anniversary of the battle. Also wrote on how he finally made it to the bridge for Evening Herald, Plymouth @Plymouth_Live #Arnhem75

A moving little moment this morning. The present day Polish Army laying roses at the graves of the Polish. Each of them has a rose and a picture - very understated - a privilege to have seen it