Saul David

Saul David


Saul David is an historian, broadcaster and novelist. His many critically-acclaimed history books include: 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 Age of Sword and Musket (2012); and 100 Days to Victory: How the First World War was Fought and Won.  He has also written two bestselling historical novels set in the late Victorian period. The first, Zulu Hart (2009), was described by The Times as a ‘rattling good yarn’ with ‘a compelling, sexy hero who could give Cornwell’s Sharpe a run for his money’.

His latest work of non-fiction, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport was an Amazon History Book of the Year for 2015. Alan Furst commented in the New York Times Book Review: ‘Tense and riveting…This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian.’ A film option was bought by US film company Participant, and principal photography began in November 2016. The film is co-produced by Working Title, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Vincent Cassel.

Saul has presented and appeared in history progammes for all the major TV channels. His presenting credits include ‘The Second World War: A Timewatch Guide’ and ‘Russia: A Timewatch Guide’, both one hour programmes for BBC4 in 2016; ‘Bullets, Boots and Bandages’, a 3 x 1 hour series on the history of military logistics, for BBC4 in 2012; ‘So You Think You’re Royal?’, 7 x 1 hour for Sky One (2007), ‘Escape From…’, 6 x 30mins for Channel Five (2004), and three programmes for the BBC2’s flagship history series Timewatch: ‘The Queen’s Lover’ (2001), ‘The Greatest Knight’ (2008) and ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Lost Guns’ (February 2009). He was an on-screen expert on BBC2′s virtual battle series ‘Time Commanders’ (2004) and two of his books – Mutiny at Salerno and Zulu – have been made into BBC Timewatch documentaries (1999 and 2003).

Saul is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham.

Saul David @sauldavid66

Brilliant. Happy Birthday!

The @AWMemorial's next issue of Wartime comes out later this week. Here's a teaser of the issue that focuses on #VPDay and the end of #WWII with contributions from Sir Antony Beevor, @sauldavid66, @kristenauthor, myself & others:

Delighted to be on @sixteenthCgirl 's list of summer reading. Thank you!

Great effort by all involved! Much looking forward to returning in person next year (if invited)

Great to hear CRUCIBLE OF HELL has made's Best History Books of 2020 So Far.

In today’s #ChalkeValleyHistoryShow, we've experimental archeology from the Iron Age to Wars of the Roses & #WW2 engineering.
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(Photos taken last year by @martinjamescook @awdphotography, Tim Abell)

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Well knock me down with a feather! Just heard that there's going to be a Japanese edition of Crucible of Hell. I always suspected the subject was a little too uncomfortable for Japanese readers. Obviously - and gloriously - not.

Very annoying that there are sites dedicated to helping people download my books - along with many others - for free.
And how are we meant to write books if we don't get paid for them?

Normally at this time of year we’d be here, queuing for 🍦🍦🍦🍦

Grab yourself some cool refreshments, sit back and watch our daily #ChalkeValleyHistoryShow on! 🍻🍹

#onlyatCVHF #hothistory #AmazingHistory #wewillmeetagain #CVHF

Tonight at 7.30pm on the Chalke Valley History Show we’ve got @sauldavid66 talking about Okinawa, Tracey Chevalier, @aa51_ansari @sixteenthCgirl and much more besides. Do tune in, folks.

Crucible of Hell author @sauldavid66 will be headlining tonight’s Chalke Valley History Show at 7.30pm! Tune in to learn about the WW2 battle that changed the course of history.

💥Coming up today on the #ChalkeValleyHistoryShow! 💥👉🏻

⭐️History on the Spot @Tracy_Chevalier and @aa51_ansari
⭐️Why the Tudors Matter @sixteenthCgirl
⭐️Crucible of Hell: Okinawa @sauldavid66
⭐️ Living History: The Dorset Smuggler

Doug Shorter. Asst. Curator, ex @RoyalAirForce, and tasked with preparing a #SocialDistancing area for the objects team to work in. Note signage. Who says there is no humour in Curatorial?! #lifegoeson #newnormal #Covid_19 @sauldavid66 @thehistoryguy #ArmedForcesWeek

Worth it just for the view!

#99cPromo Mutiny at Salerno, 1943. An Injustice Exposed. By @sauldavid66 Acclaimed #ww2 military history
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OTD, 80 years ago, the Battle of Okinawa came to an end after 83 days of brutal hand-to-hand fighting. Read David Kindy's excellent piece in the @SmithsonianMag

🎙In their first We Have Ways of Making You Chalke, @James1940 & @almurray chat to the brilliant Michael Wood, legendary TV historian and great friend of #CVHF about China and being invited for tea with General Montgomery...

Available here👉🏻

Don’t miss this - particularly my appearance on Tuesday!

No festival but fabulous TV shows all this week, filmed specially on location and around southern England. ⁦@CVHISTORYFEST⁩