Saul David

Saul David


Saul David was born in Monmouth in 1966 and educated at Ampleforth College and Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities (History MA and PhD).

He began writing his first history book when he was twenty-five and has now completed fifteen (one edited). They include: The Homicidal Earl: The Life of Lord Cardigan (1997), a critically-acclaimed biography of the man who led the Charge of the Light Brigade; The Indian Mutiny:1857 (2002), shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature; Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (2004), a Waterstone’s Military History Book of the Year; Victoria’s Wars: The Rise of Empire (2006); All the King’s Men: The British Redcoat in the Era of Sword and Musket (2012); 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought and Won, 1914-1918 (2013); Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe (2015), made into the feature film EntebbeThe Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and World War II’s Mission Impossible (2019) and Crucible of Hell: Okinawa – The Last Great Battle of the Second World War (2020), shortlisted for the 2021 British Army Military Book of the Year. He was Editorial Consultant for Dorling Kindersley’s War: From Ancient Egypt to Iraq (2009) and in 2013 edited Mud & Bodies, an infantry subaltern’s Great War diary and letters. His most recent book is SBS: Silent Warriors, the first authorised history of the Special Boat Service (2021).

Saul has also written three historical novels set in the late Victorian period. The Times described the first, Zulu Hart (2009), as a ‘rattling good yarn’ with ‘a compelling, sexy hero who could give Cornwell’s Sharpe a run for his money’. It was a top 5 bestseller in The Independent newspaper and sold more than 100,000 copies. Hart of Empire appeared in 2011. The third in the series, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders, was published in 2018.

An experienced broadcaster, Saul appears often on British radio and television. His TV presenting credits include the Escape From… series for Five (2004), Sky One’s genealogy series So You Think You’re Royal? (2007) and three programmes for the BBC’s flagship history series Timewatch: The Queen’s Lover (2001), The Greatest Knight (2008) and the Queen Elizabeth’s Lost Guns (February 2009). He was an on-screen expert on BBC2’s virtual battle series Time Commanders (2004) and is a regular contributor to history programmes on all channels. Two of his books – Mutiny at Salerno and Zulu – have been made into documentaries. More recently he presented Filton’s Fabulous Flying Machines for BBC1 (June 2010) and How The Rest Got Home, a 70th anniversary programme about the British soldiers who escaped from France after Dunkirk, for Radio 4 (June 2010).  His 3 x 1 hour series on the history of military logistics – Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How Wars are Really Won – was aired on BBC4 in February 2012. In 2014 he presented a documentary on World War One horses for BBC4 and appeared in a Channel 5 film on The First Great Escape and two episodes of BBC2’s The Birth of Empire. In 2015 he featured in programmes on the Spanish Armada, the Duke of Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo, the history of Spain and the secret rescue of Ethiopia’s Jews. In 2016 he presented World War Two: A Timewatch Guide and Russia: A Timewatch Guide, and appeared in a six-part series on Adolf Hitler. In 2020 he presented Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed for Channel 4. In 2021 he appears in the Netflix series Road to Victory in Colour.

Saul gives frequent talks about military history and has spoken at all the major literary festivals. He has also lectured at the Security Service (MI5), the National Army Musuem and the Imperial War Museum. He has led history tours to India and the Crimea, and has appeared as a guest speaker on The World ship.

Saul is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and Programme Director for Buckingham’s London-based MPhil in Military History.

He lives in Somerset with his wife and three daughters.

Saul David @sauldavid66

If you enjoyed learning about the #Falklands40th anniversary, then take a listen to this @PodBattleground series by best-selling military historians @PatrickBishop, who was a war correspondent with the @RoyalMarines in the #Falklands war, & @sauldavid66.

Thoroughly enjoyed this excellent series of podcasts. Impressive detail coupled with fascinating anecdotes. Brought back memories of the conflict.

Thank you, Leona, for taking part

On this week's @PodBattleground Patrick Bishop and I cover the surrender of the Argentinian garrison on 14 June, Max Hastings solo stroll to the Upland goose pub and the reaction of the Falkland Islanders. Some very moving testimony from @LeonaFalklands

Fascinating podcast on Tumbledown and Wireless Ridge. Voices of people who were there- intimate details, decision-making etc. Reminds me how fortunate the FWMP is to have vets from Left Flank Scots Guards in the project team.
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Have just read this by ⁦@sauldavid66⁩ Absolutely riveting. #mustread

Come, people, come! It’s just SO much FUN!!! @WeHaveWaysPod @almurray @sauldavid66 @militaryhistori @historysmaid @guywalters

@sauldavid66 @PodBattleground Really enjoying this series, fantastic insight and told brilliantly.

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In this week's @PodBattleground Patrick Bishop and I discuss the battles of Wireless Ridge and Mount Tumbledown, as the Falklands War nears its conclusion.

V early (and welcome) review of my forthcoming DEVIL DOGS in the US Publishers Weekly: 'A captivating chronicle of the war in the Pacific'

Thank you to @James1940 and the wonderful staff and volunteers at @CVHISTORYFEST for a great day yesterday. They worked me hard - two talks and a grilling at Speaker's Corner - but I loved every minute

The always excellent @sauldavid66 draws back the curtains on Britain’s original special service!

Generously sponsored by @PKFFCFP!

#AmazingHistory #cvhf

MORE secrets of @TheCriticMag, JULY edition, revealed: @SalemLola @John__Phipps @labour_history @sauldavid66 @DavidLoyn Paul Sagar @ProfGSheffield @MatthewJLyons Edmund Stewart Christopher Bray @john_self & the Secret Author!

Gorgeous morning at @CVHISTORYFEST for my two talks today: Rise of Empire (10.30am) and SBS (7.30pm). Looking forward to it!

For all those authors (@Roger_Moorhouse, where are you?) who died a little when I was posting Sunday Times bestselling news last autumn, it's payback time. SBS: SILENT WARRIORS is No. 11 in the non-fiction paperbacks this week, FFS!! Close, but no cigar... 😂

@sauldavid66 @PodBattleground I also found the episode incredibly interesting but confronting as well. It is fascinating to listen to the veterans talk about there experiences. You can still hear the trauma in their voices even after all these years. Veterans need significant and ongoing support. Love the pod

@sauldavid66 @PodBattleground Amazing podcast! The Welsh guards mortar officer ( Phillip Dimmock?) sounds haunted by guilt for surviving the Galahad. I honestly had to pull over when his interview ended. Gripping stuff!

Boom! Can’t wait to read. Many congrats on finishing you legend!

Astonishing that #Putin thought he could carry out a surgical strike on Ukraine and merely carry on as before. He has sown pain, grief and resentment towards Russia, which will last for generations.
The only thing he has made certain, is that #Ukraine will one day be free.