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Greetings, web traveller!

I am a PhD student in War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, studying  under Professor John Buckley and Dr Stephen Badsey. My research there examines the role of 21st Army Group’s eight independent armour brigades during the campaign in North-West Europe, 1944-45. These brigades have been neglected by current military historiography. I am particularly interested in their doctrine, operations, and combat effectiveness.

This is an extension of my website  “Forgotten Steel”, which is primarily where I publicise bits of my research and generally write about the independent brigades. This blog is designed to be a bit more general than that site, to allow me cover all aspects of military history and historiography.

As well as the PhD, I am currently heading up Llanishen Local History Society’s War Memorial Project, which seeks to uncover the service histories of all the men and women who served (and fell) during the two World Wars. I also edit their blog of history articles, Llanishen History

In addition to being an student of military history, I am also a Second World War re-enactor. Primarily I portray a soldier of the 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division during the North-West Europe campaign, but I am also working on other independent impressions, including (surprise, surprise) a trooper of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy. I am a member of 53rd Welsh Living History Group and the All-Fronts Re-enactment Association. Re-enacting is a great way to experience history outside the comfort of one’s own armchair, and I recommend it highly.

(JK firing the Bren gun with the RWF Bren Gun team from the 53rd Welsh LHG. Photo taken at The Victory Show, Cosby, Leics., September 2009)

I hope you enjoy the blog!