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.

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 2106 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

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Tomorrow at #henleylitfest: @SarahTheDuchess @MargueriteKaye @StevieVanZandt @brian_bilston @jeevanvasagar @sauldavid66 @RachelDEdwards & many more!

Prime your limpet mines, climb into your canoes and join us as we paddle furiously into enemy territory to discuss 1955’s 'Cockleshell Heroes' with none other than historian @sauldavid66!

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Looking forward to this. Great lineup

Finally we have this great print advert for the film found in the Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian,26 May 1956. Be sure to catch up with our chat with @sauldavid66 on the Cockleshell heroes where ever you get your pods! #Podcasts #CockleshellHeroes

@sauldavid66 Nice touch! Just finished your book, fantastic read!

If Britain and France went to war in 1898 over the Fashoda Incident, how would the complex networks of alliances that formed in the early 20th century have changed? @sauldavid66 considers how this could have led to a very different looking First World War

Nice of the SBS Association to give me this after I spoke about my new book Silent Warriors to former members at the annual reunion in Poole. Great privilege to meet 96-year-old Jack Mann and others

They started the war on horses and ended in #Shermans! @James1940 writes brilliantly for #Express today from his ace new book, #BrothersinArms (@TransworldBooks). How #SherwoodRangersYeomanry became most decorated unit ever in British Army! Thrilling, poignant, gripping stuff!

Heading home with my booty after two excellent launches in 2 days. Thank you @GilesMilton1 and @James1940 good to catch up with Antony Beevor, @aroberts_andrew @churchill_alex @Roger_Moorhouse @AnnabelVenning @Tonisenior @Tessadunlop @DalrympleWill @RForemanAuthor @anthonysattin

😱Giveaway time!😱
To celebrate our latest episode on 1955s Cockleshell Heroes ft. @sauldavid66 We are giving away a canoe full of goodies!

To win a dvd of CSH, CSH paperback and some of our very own sought after FoF merch, simply follow the podcast and RT this post! #giveaway

Join me @HallieRubenhold @dgjones and Natalie Livingstone discussing 'Great men; forgotten women?' at the @clivedenlitfest at 11.30am on Saturday 23 October, and a host of other great talks!

Happy publication day to @James1940 and his brilliant 'Brothers-in-Arms'! Looking forward to the launch at the @NAM_London in a couple of hours. But will the drink be as good as @GilesMilton1 's Cremant? I'll find out!

Great party and definitely wins prize for best booze with @GilesMilton1 ‘s excellent Cremant!

It seems that @dgjones and I will be doing a roadshow this autumn. We'll also be at @clivedenlitfest on Oct 23rd taking about history and herstory along with @sauldavid66 and Natalie Livingstone

Yep. Looking forward to that


Prime your limpet mines, climb into your canoes and join us as we paddle furiously into enemy territory to discuss 1955’s 'Cockleshell Heroes' with none other than historian @sauldavid66!

Listen now:

#FightingOnFilm #WarMovies #Podcast