Mark Felton

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Mark Felton (born 1974) is a British author and historian of the Second World War.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Felton was born in Colchester, Essex, on 13 May 1974 and received his education at the Philip Morant School.[2] After completing an undergraduate degree and an MA, Felton gained a PhD in history from the University of Essex in 2005.[3]

Career[edit]

Felton lectured in Shanghai, China between 2005 and 2014, latterly at Fudan University. He also worked as a volunteer for the Royal British Legion, organising the annual Poppy Appeal in Eastern China, 2010–2014.[4] Following a request from Prime Minister David Cameron he assisted the British Consulate Shanghai in the rediscovery of the graves of four British soldiers killed by the Japanese in 1937 ,[5][6][7] and was awarded a Royal British Legion Certificate of Appreciation.[8]

Felton has appeared on television as a military history expert, including in the series Combat Trains (The History Channel),[9] Top Tens of Warfare (Quest TV),[10] and Evolution of Evil (American Heroes Channel).[11] His book Zero Night, about an escape from a German prison camp, received much critical attention,[12][13][14] and was the subject of the BBC Radio documentary Three Minutes of Mayhem.[15] Zero Night has been highlighted to Essential Media for feature film development.[16][17][18] In 2016, Felton's book, Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini's Colditz, which concerns the escape of British generals from Vincigliata Castle near Florence in 1943, was identified for feature film development by Entertainment One.[19] In 2017 Felton started his own YouTube channel, which explores numerous historic subjects.

Personal life[edit]

Felton lives in Norwich with his wife and son.[20]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Yanagi: The Secret Underwater Trade between Germany and Japan 1942–1945 (Pen & Sword: 2005)[21]
  • The Fujita Plan: Japanese Attacks on the United States and Australia during the Second World War (Pen & Sword: 2006)[22]
  • Slaughter at Sea: Japan’s Naval War Crimes (Pen & Sword, 2007)[23]
  • The Coolie Generals: Britain's Far Eastern Military Leaders in Japanese Captivity (Pen & Sword: 2008)
  • Japan’s Gestapo: Murder, Mayhem & Torture in Wartime Asia (Pen & Sword, 2009)[24][25][26]
  • Today is a Good Day to Fight: The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West (The History Press, 2009)[27]
  • The Real Tenko: Extraordinary True Stories of Women Prisoners of the Japanese (Pen & Sword: 2009)[28]
  • The Final Betrayal: Mountbatten, MacArthur and the Tragedy of Japanese POWs (Pen & Sword: 2010)[29]
  • 21st Century Courage: Stirring Stories of Modern British Heroes (Pen & Sword, 2010)[30]
  • Children of the Camps: Japan’s Last Forgotten Victims (Pen & Sword: 2011)[31]
  • The Last Nazis: The Hunt for Hitler’s Henchmen (Pen & Sword: 2011)[32]
  • The Devil’s Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners-of-War (Pen & Sword: 2012)[33]
  • Never Surrender: Dramatic Escapes from Japanese Prison Camps (Pen & Sword: 2013)[34]
  • China Station: The British Military in the Middle Kingdom 1839–1997 (Pen & Sword: 2013)[35]
  • Guarding Hitler: The Secret World of the Fuhrer (Pen & Sword: 2014)[36]
  • Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Most Daring Great Escape (Icon Books: 2014)[37][38][39]
  • The Sea Devils: Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Icon Books: 2015)[40][41][42]
  • Holocaust Heroes: Resistance to Hitler's Final Solution (Pen & Sword: 2016)[43]
  • Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini's Colditz (Icon Books: 2017)[44]
  • Ghost Riders: When US and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Famous Horses in the Last Desperate Days of World War II, (Da Capo: 2018)[45]
  • Chapter 8: The Perfect Storm: Japanese Military Brutality in World War II, Routledge History of Genocide, Ed. C. Carmichael & R. Maguire, (Routledge, 2015)[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Lownie Literary Agency :: Authors :: Mark Felton". andrewlownie.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Silver screen comes calling for Colchester author". Gazette. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Resistance in exile: Sitting Bull and the Hunkpapa Sioux in Canada, 1877–81". history.ac.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Shanghai 2013 launches". That's Online. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Lost graves of four Ulster heroes who fell in China found". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  6. ^ "HMS Daring – British Graves found in Shanghai". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  7. ^ "British soldiers' graves honoured in Shanghai cemetery". BBC News. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  8. ^ Andrew Lownie Literary Agency: Mark Felton
  9. ^ "Combat Trains". RadioTimes. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Quest TV". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Tojo Fuels the Fire of Hatred and Savagery". American Heroes Channel. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  12. ^ Schneider, Edward (28 August 2015). "An Over-the-Top Escape Plan". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  13. ^ "El piloto británico sin piernas que causaba pavor a los cazas nazis". ABC (in Spanish). 7 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  14. ^ Bandyopadhyay, Somshankar (23 September 2015). "Zero Night review: Flight to freedom". Gulf News. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  15. ^ "BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Special, Three Minutes Of Mayhem". BBC. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Douglas Bader's great escape from the Nazis to be made into a movie – Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Nocookies". The Australian. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Silver screen comes calling for Colchester author". Gazette. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  19. ^ Author is 'bowled over' by a second Hollywood deal, East Anglian Daily Times, 28 October 2016
  20. ^ City author's history books transfer to the big screen, Norwich Evening News, 4 November 2016
  21. ^ "Nazi U-Boat Imperils Norwegians Decades After the War". The New York Times. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Pen and Sword Books: The Fujita Plan – Hardback". Pen and Sword Books. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Alive and safe, the brutal Japanese soldiers who butchered 20,000 Allied seamen in cold blood". Mail Online. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Stephen Mansfield: Best books of 2009". The Japan Times. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  25. ^ Nigel Blundell. "Demons of depravity: the Japanese Gestapo". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  26. ^ "War Zone – City of Terror: the Japanese takeover of Shanghai". Military History Monthly. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  27. ^ "The History Press – Today is a Good Day to Fight". thehistorypress.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  28. ^ "The Real Tenko, Mark Felton". historyofwar.org. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  29. ^ "Vol. 75 No. 3 – The Society for Military History". smh-hq.org. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  30. ^ "Pen and Sword Books: 21st Century Courage – Hardback". Pen and Sword Books. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  31. ^ "Cofepow – Books". cofepow.org.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  32. ^ The Last Nazis: The Hunt for Hitler's Henchmen: Amazon.co.uk: Mark Felton: 9781848842861: Books. amazon.co.uk. ASIN 1848842864.
  33. ^ Schmidt, Ulf (2015-07-09). Secret Science. google.co.uk. ISBN 9780191062971. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  34. ^ "Pen and Sword Books: Never Surrender – Hardback". Pen and Sword Books. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  35. ^ "Pen and Sword Books: China Station – Hardback". Pen and Sword Books. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  36. ^ "Guarding Hitler – Review by Phil Hodges". War History Online. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  37. ^ "Allied PoWs escaped Nazi camp using ladders they disguised as shelves". Mail Online. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  38. ^ Richard Smith (31 October 2014). "The crate escape: British prisoners of war climbed out of Nazi camp on ladders disguised as bookshelves". mirror. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  39. ^ "Kiwis' over-the-top World War II great escape immortalised". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  40. ^ "Short reviews of non-fiction from Australia and overseas". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  41. ^ "Maritime Books". submarinersassociation.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  42. ^ Will Lodge. "Colchester author noticed by Hollywood releases new book". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  43. ^ "Pen and Sword Books: Holocaust Heroes – Hardback". Pen and Sword Books. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  44. ^ "Icon Books » Castle of the Eagles". iconbooks.com. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  45. ^ Norwich writer nabs second Hollywood adaptation deal, Norwich Evening News, 3 November 2016
  46. ^ Carmichael, Cathie (2015). "Routledge Handbooks Online". Routledgehandbooks.com. doi:10.4324/9781315719054. ISBN 9781315719054.