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War historian Richard Holmes dies

4th May 2011

Acclaimed war historian Professor Richard Holmes, author of some of the most critically acclaimed historical accounts of 20th century and Middle Ages conflict, has died at the age of 65.

Professor Holmes was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the University of Reading and served in the Territorial Army for 36 years, rising to the rank of brigadier.

His works include World at War, an extensive account of World War II, and Wellington: The Iron Duke, a profile of the private and military life of the allied forces' commander-in-chief.

Drawing on his background in the military and extensive knowledge, Professor Holmes regularly narrated BBC documentaries on the Napoleonic wars and World War II and was patron of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Founder Major Graeme Cooper praised the writer and broadcaster's 'unique style', which he told the BBC offered 'an in-depth, quiet and very, very accurate and acute assessment of what he was saying'.

Professor Holmes' other works include Churchill's Bunker, one of the first detailed accounts of the British prime minister's cabinet war rooms, and Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front, charting the reality of life in the trenches in World War I.

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