Dr Luke Daly-Groves, FRHistS

Dr Luke Daly-Groves, FRHistS


I am a historian of Modern Europe with interests in secret intelligence history. I hold two prize-winning degrees and an AHRC funded PhD awarded without corrections. My publications include an internationally renowned book concerning Adolf Hitler’s death and high impact peer-reviewed journal articles. I have a considerable public profile with publications in popular magazines such as New Statesman, filmed interviews with public historians such as Dan Snow, reviews in newspapers such as The Mail on Sunday and recorded discussions on world-leading podcasts and television. I am currently working on the monograph of my PhD thesis whilst undertaking my duties as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds, an Associate Lecturer in History at the University of Central Lancashire and as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Scholarships and Awards:

Royal Historical Society Early Career Fellowship Grant (2021).

Arts & Humanities Research Council, White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, Doctoral Studentship (2016-2020).

Marion Sharples Prize for Best MA Dissertation, University of Leeds (2016).

School of History MA Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Leeds (2015-2016).

Sydney Lee Prize for History, University of Central Lancashire (2015).  

Geoff Timmins Award, University of Central Lancashire (2013).

John Griffiths History Award, Deyes High School Sixth Form College (2012).


Hitler's Death: The Case Against Conspiracy (Oxford: Osprey, 2019)

‘Control Not Morality? Explaining The Selective Employment Of Nazi War Criminals By British and American Intelligence Agencies In Occupied Germany’Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 35, No. 3 (2020), pp. 331-349.  

‘The Intelligence Division in Occupied Germany: The Untold Story of Britain's Largest Secret Intelligence Organisation’, Journal of Intelligence History, Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019), pp. 86-107. 

‘How Napoleon Changed The World’The Spectator (05/05/2021). 

'Seventy-four years on, Hitler’s suicide is still shrouded in politics and propaganda'New Statesman (30/04/2019).

'The FBI, Hitler’s Death and Rumours of Escape to Argentina'The American (16/04/2019).

'British Intelligence and Rumours of Adolf Hitler’s Post-War Survival', History Hit (25/03/2019).

‘No, Hitler Did Not Survive WW2! – Debunking Four Outlandish Conspiracy Theories About the Fate of the Führer’Military History Now (11/06/2019). 

‘Debunking Hitler’s Survival’, Interview in History of War, Issue 080 (16/04/2020), pp. 18-19.

Book Reviews:

Professor Frank McDonough, The Hitler Years: Triumph 1933-1939, History of War, Issue 078 (20/02/2020), p. 93. 

Professor Richard J. Evans, The Hitler Conspiracies: The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination (London: Allen Lane, 2020), Literary Review (Dec 2020), p. 9. 

Professor Frank McDonough, The Hitler Years: Disaster 1940-1945History of War, Issue 090 (21/01/2021), p. 75. 


PhD, University of Leeds: ‘Intelligence Divisions: Anglo-American Cooperation, Rivalry and Legacy in Post-War Germany’ (2020). 

MA, University of Leeds: ‘The Napoleonic Legend in Nineteenth Century Britain: A Comparative Analysis’ (2016). 

BA(Hons), University of Central Lancashire: ‘The Death of Adolf Hitler: British Intelligence, Soviet Accusations and Rumours of Survival’ (2015). 


Professor Catherine Fletcher, Roads To Rome (Forthcoming). 

Public Lectures:

'What did we do for the Romans? A discussion of life around Roman Merseyside', Museum of Liverpool (16/11/2018). 

'Herford’s Hidden History: British Intelligence Division Headquarters 1946-1951', Verein für Herforder Geschichte, Amtshausstr. 2, 32051 Herford, Germany (03/07/2018).

'Hitler's Death: Fact and Conspiracy', University of Central Lancashire (11/04/2018). 


'Control not Morality? Explaining The Selective Employment Of Nazi War Criminals By British and American Intelligence Agencies in Occupied Germany', White Rose IHIR Seminar Series, University of Leeds (15/05/2019).

Chairman for the 'Anglo-German Relations 1930-50' panel (Thomas Hemsley, Megan Schofield and Julian Barth), School of History MA Conference, University of Leeds (13/12/2018). 

‘Imposing Liberalism By Authority’: The Political Role of the British Intelligence Division in Occupied Germany', British International Studies Association 43rd Annual Conference, Bath (15/06/2018). Mentioned in British International History Group Newsletter (2019). 

Chairman for Anna Saunders, Helga Müllneritsch and Professor Alaric Sealre at 'New Directions in Modern German History', University of Central Lancashire (21/09/2016).

‘The Napoleonic Legend in Nineteenth Century Britain: A Comparative Analysis’, School of History MA Conference, University of Leeds (December 2015). 
Museum Displays: 

'Britannia Inferior? A Glimpse of Life Around Roman Merseyside', Museum of Liverpool (November 2018). 


Secret Service: The World of British Intelligence, University of Leeds (2021).

Introduction to History, University of Central Lancashire (2021).

Dictatorship, Democratisation and Division: Germany, 1933-1965, University of Central Lancashire (2020). 

Documents and Debates in International History: Secret War: Cold War Intelligence, University of Leeds (2020). 

International History, 1919-1989: Conflict, Co-operation and Change, University of Leeds (2020).

Consensus and Contention: Investigations in International History, University of Leeds (2020). 

Skills and Concepts in International History: Hitler’s Foreign Policy, University of Leeds (2018-2021). 

Germany under the Nazis:1933-1945, University of Central Lancashire (2017). 

State & Society in Nineteenth Century Europe, University of Central Lancashire (2017). 


Hitler, Nazi Germany and the Second World War: 

Mail on Sunday (Guy Walters) review of Hitler's Death (10/03/2019): 

“An incisive new book by Luke Daly-Groves has come to the aid of those determined to tell the truth with a brilliant demolition of the conspiracists”

Filmed Interview with Dan Snow ‘The Death of Hitler’ (24/04/2020). 

Podcast with Dan Snow ‘The Death of Hitler’ (24/04/2020). 

Podcast with James Holland and Al Murray, ‘Hitler Myths’ (14/07/2020). 

Timeline Wolrd History Documentaries live with Dan Snow, ‘Did Hitler Survive The War? Busting That Myth’ (08/06/2020). 

The Times of Israel (Robert Philpot) interview about Hitler's Death (02/05/2019). 

Ami Magazine (Barbara Finkelstein) interview about Hitler’s Death (07/08/2019).

Jyllands-Posten (Uffe Christensen) interview about Hitler’s Death in Danish (07/12/2019). 

SiriusXM Canada (Andrew Krystal) radio interview about Hitler’s Death (28/07/2019). 

NewsTalk, Talking History (Patrick Geoghegan) ‘Best of July Books’ radio interview about Hitler’s Death (22/07/2019).  

WW2 Podcast (Angus Wallace) about Hitler's Death (15/03/2019).

Strategy Page (A. A. Nofi) review of Hitler’s Death (14/07/2019). 

Historie-Online (Kresten Søe) review of Hitler’s Death in Danish (10/12/2019):

“There is at last an in-depth scientific refutation of the many conspiracy theories with analysis of their lack of context, absence of source criticism and detached realism...well-grounded, compelling and thought-provoking”

Bogblogger (Morten Kidal) review of Hitler’s Death in Danish (20/12/2019). 

Zvezda (Evgeny Ksenzenko) Russian television interview about Hitler's Death (28/04/2019).

The Times of Israel (Joshua Davidovich) ‘Israel Media Review: After Auschwitz’ (02/05/2019). 

The Times of Israel (Tzemach Yehudah Richter) mention in Blog (11/08/2019). 

Midwest Book Review, Vol. 19, No. 5, review of Hitler’s Death (May 2019): 

“Exhaustively researched, expertly written, impressively organized and presented, ‘Hitler's Death: The Case Against Conspiracy’ is an inherently fascinating and exceptionally informative read from beginning to end...very highly recommended”

History Hack Podcast (Episode 1), ‘Nazi Conspiracies’ with Guy Walters, Alexandra Churchill and Alina Nowobilska (23/03/2020). 

History Hack Podcast (Episode 26) with Dan Snow (11/04/2020): 

“He's a legend isn't he? Luke's a machine” - Dan Snow

History Hack Podcast (Episode 64), ‘VE DAY 75’ with Alexandra Churchill, Alina Nowobilska, Annabel Venning, Roger Moorhouse and Peter Caddick-Adams (08/05/2020)

BBC News (Ángel Bermúdez) mention of my research (30/04/2020). 

The Journalist (Jonathan Sale) mention of my research into Nazi survival rumours and teaching at Leeds (April-May 2020), pp. 16-17. 

SiriusXM Canada (Andrew Krystal) radio interview (07/05/2020). 

Standpoint (Guy Walters), ‘Revisiting Nazi Myths’ (21/10/2020). 

History Channel mention of Hitler’s Death (January 2021). 


Westfalen-Blatt (Jan Gruhn) report on 'Herford's Hidden History' public lecture (07/07/2018).

Herforder Kreisblatt overview of my research and advert for Herford lecture (16/06/2018).

Neuen Westfälischen Herford, 'The Spies of Her Majesty' (21/06/2018). 

'Geheimdienstzentrale Herford', Der Remensnider (2018), Eckhard Möller discusses my research on pp. 37-38. 

'Sharing Secrets', a brief blog about my WRoCAH Knowledge Exchange Project (KEP) visit to Herford and Bad Salzuflen (16/07/2018). 


'Building Britannia: Behind the scenes at the Museum of Liverpool’s new Roman display' (31/10/2018). 

'SPQL: A Glimpse of Life at the Edge of the Roman Empire' (06/11/2018).

‘Building Britannia’, a shorter Blog for the Museum of Liverpool (31/10/2018). 

The Wigan Archaeological Society Newsletter (December 2018) mention 'What did we do for the Romans?' public lecture.

Historic Liverpool (2018) mention of 'Britannia Inferior?' museum display.

Mention in 'The History of Liverpool' children's history website (2019).


'Napoleon the Great Debate' with Marcus Cribb and Zack White, The Napoleonicist (15/11/2020). 


A more interactive website documenting my media and public history activities can be visited here