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Research sources for 1940s London

My latest WW2 thriller is now on pre-order at Amazon. It will launch on April 14. Researching for this book took me on a field trip to Lisbon, Portugal, a beautiful, historic city of hills and valleys, broad piazzas, ancient trams. Researching 1940s London, I discovered the first topological map of the London Underground, devised […]

How Did Hitler Establish His Dictatorship?

  Many historians and commentators have speculated on how Adolf Hitler managed to build his evil, genocidal regime. In just a few years, from January 1933, when he came to power, until ‘Heydrich’s ‘final solution’ first announced in January 1942, Hitler succeeded in suppressing the free press, bending the judiciary to his will, taking over […]

Col Claus von Stauffenberg

The Seven Lives of Adolf Hitler

Historical Fiction author David Lawlor investigates the luck of the devil. Take it away, David.       Napoleon once said that he liked his generals to be lucky, well, if Adolf Hitler  had served under the Emperor he would undoubtedly have become a firm favourite in the French Army because when it came to […]

Julius Schreck

Hitler’s Drivers

Adolf Hitler’s chauffeurs were all close associates and long term loyal members of his personal entourage. Emile Maurice (1925-1931), Julius Schreck (1931-1934) and Erich Kempka (1934-1945). The Nazi Party, the NSDAP, was formally established in 1920, and soon afterwards, they set up a paramilitary force, led by a close associate of Hitler’s called Emile Maurice. […]

Klaus Barbie

A WW2 Monster – Klaus Barbie

‘The Butcher of Lyon’ was leader of the Gestapo in the Lyon area 1942–1944 holding the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain). He captured and personally tortured hundreds of French Resistance workers, including Jean Moulin a highly ranked resistance leader. Witnesses to his torture methods show a sadistic monster who used the most unspeakable methods. He hung […]