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Robin Cross has written over thirty books, including The Bombers: Strategy and Tactics in the 20th Century (Bantam, 1986); the best-selling VE-Day: Victory in Europe 1945 (Sidgwick and Jackson, 1985); the number one Sunday Times bestseller We’ll Meet Again (with Vera Lynn, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1989); and Citadel: The Battle of Kursk (Michael O' Mara, 1993, republished 2002 by Penguin Military Classics). Citadel was described by the Times as ‘an absorbing wholly accessible, account of the battle’.

His Fallen Eagle: The Last Days of the Third Reich (Michael O'Mara, 1995) was described by the Sunday Express as a ‘mesmerising account of the final bloody weeks of war’.  In 2008 he published In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War (Ebury / Imperial War Museum). His Hitler: An Illustrated Life (Quercus, 2009) was described by Richard Overy as ‘The essential biography of one of the most paradoxical and dangerous characters in the history of the modern age’.

With his wife, the novelist and historian Rosalind Miles, he co-wrote Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War From Antiquity to Iraq (Three Rivers, 2008). In 2012 he contributed to 50 Events You Really Need to Know About the History of War as an entry in the long-running Quercus series about the history of ideas. In 2016 he published Tanks: 100 Years of Armoured Warfare (Andre Deutsch / Bovington Tank Museum).

His World at War: World Wars I and II in Photographs has been continuously in print since 1998 and for many years he has worked as contributor and consultant to the Quantum Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weaponry and Warfare. Along with Charles Messenger and H.P. Willmott, he was a major contributor to the Dorling Kindersley World War II (2004).

He has worked for the Ministry of Defence and the Daily Telegraph, as part of the team covering the first Gulf War for the latter, as well as writing and editing special features for the newspaper on The Battle of Britain and John Keegan's serialised History of World War II. He was the consultant editor on Keegan's 1989 single-volume history of the conflict.  He has also written and directed over 150 television documentaries broadcast on the BBC and worldwide, many of them covering World War I and World War II subjects.

His Forgotten Victory - The Story of the Second D-Day, August 1944 will be published by Pegasus in 2018.

He lives in England.

LATEST BOOK: FORGOTTEN VICTORY - Operation Dragoon and the Invasion of 1944

Forgotten Victory is the story of ‘Operation Dragoon’, the Allied invasion of the South of France on 15 August 1944. It was, in effect, the second D-Day, launched two months after ‘Overlord’, the Allied invasion of Normandy. As such, it hasoften been overshadowed by its predecessor, but it significance cannot be underestimated.

‘Dragoon’ was a largely American-French operation in which the British, who had argued for action in northern Italy, played a smaller role. After nearly five years of conflict, British war stamina had been severely sapped. In contrast, the French, who had been excluded from the overall planning of D-Day, played an important role in Dragoon, supplying the majority of the ground troops in a campaign which began on the beaches of the Riviera and ended in the cool, clear air of the Alpes Maritimes, the sacred ground of France.

Even more clearly than Overlord, Dragoon marked a significant change in the Allied balance of power in Western Europe. The Allied armies which liberated Toulon and Marseille, and which fought their way up the Rhone Valley to the strategic hub of Grenoble, were wholly armed and equipped by the American war machine, as were the Maquis (French Resistance) insurgents who, in the spring and summer of 1944 played a key role in salvaging the honour of France, humiliatingly swept away in the summer of 1940. The campaign unfolded against a spectacular backdrop and its story is studded with equally spectacular individuals: from the dashing US airborne commander, General Robert T. Frederick, who looked like a Hollywood film star, to the US infantryman Audie Murphy, who would become one after the war. It was Frederick who led the massive parachute and glider drops which sealed off the German coastal defences from the interior on the day of the invasion. Equally spectacular were the exploits of Task Force Butler, an ad hoc armoured battle group, which tore the heart out of German Army Group G as it drove on Grenoble from the Riviera, in two weeks advancing some 250 miles, liberating over 6,600 square miles of southern France and taking 3,500 prisoners, including three generals.

Forgotten Victory
provides for the first time a complete overview of the liberation of the South of France, from strategic decisions made at the top of the Allied and German high commands to the intelligence war waged by Allied code-breakers, from the German defeat of French resistance forces on the Vercors prior to the invasion, to the  exploits of individual OSS and SOE agents on the ground as they strove to keep pace with a fast-moving battlefield in which the Allies inflicted on the Germany Army a Blitzkrieg-style defeat which expunged the lingering memories of the catastrophe of 1940 and drove the Westheer out of France.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Forgotten Victory (Pegasus, 2018); Tanks: 100 Years of Armoured Warfare (André Deutsch, 2016 in association with Bovington Tank Museum); 50 Events You Really Need to Know About the History of War as an entry in the long-running series, Quercus, 2011); Hitler: An Illustrated Life (Quercus, 2009); Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War From Antiquity to Iraq (with Rosalind Miles, Three Rivers, 2008); Citadel: The Battle of Kursk (Michael O' Mara, 1993, republished 2002 by Penguin Military Classics);. Fallen Eagle: The Last Days of the Third Reich (Michael O'Mara, 1995); In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War (Ebury 1994, in association with the Imperial War Museum); We’ll Meet Again (with Vera Lynn, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1989); The Bombers: Strategy and Tactics in the 20th Century (Bantam, 1986); VE-Day: Victory in Europe 1945 (Sidgwick and Jackson, 1985).