I obtained my BA degree with First Class Honours in History from the University of Central Lancashire in 2015. My BA thesis used recently declassified MI5 files and other intelligence documents to explore the British investigations into Adolf Hitler’s death. This thesis formed the basis of my latest book, Hitler's Death: The Case Against Conspiracy (Oxford: Osprey, 2019). In 2016 I earned an MA in Modern History with Distinction from the University of Leeds. My MA thesis used nineteenth century newspapers, periodicals and other media to analyse how Victorian perceptions of Napoleon I affected perceptions of Napoleon III and vice versa. It won the Marion Sharples prize. I am currently researching for a PhD in History at the University of Leeds. My thesis focuses on the activities of the British and American Intelligence Divisions in occupied Germany. My supervisors are Professor Simon Ball and Dr. Elisabeth Leake. Alongside my PhD studies I have written for The New Statesman, The American, The Journal of Intelligence History and Dan Snow's History Hit.
Scholarships and Awards:
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Doctoral Studentship 2016-2020.
Marion Sharples Prize for Best MA Dissertation 2016 (University of Leeds - School of History).
University of Leeds School of History MA Postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2016.
Sydney Lee Prize for History 2015 (University of Central Lancashire – School of Education and Social Science).
Geoff Timmins Award 2013 (University of Central Lancashire – School of Education and Social Science).
John Griffiths History Award 2012 (Deyes High School Sixth Form College).
Hitler's Death: The Case Against Conspiracy (London: Osprey, 2019): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1472834542/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ADu6CbHSTE01J.
Hitler’s Foreign Policy: A Short Study Guide (Forthcoming).
‘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): https://doi.org/10.1080/16161262.2018.1545824
'Seventy-four years on, Hitler’s suicide is still shrouded in politics and propaganda', New Statesman (30/04/2019): https://www.newstatesman.com/world/europe/2019/04/seventy-four-years-hitler-s-suicide-still-shrouded-politics-and-propaganda
'The FBI, Hitler’s Death and Rumours of Escape to Argentina', The American (16/04/2019): https://www.theamerican.co.uk/pr/ft-Hitlers-Death-FBI
'British Intelligence and Rumours of Adolf Hitler’s Post-War Survival', History Hit (25/03/2019): https://www.historyhit.com/british-intelligence-and-rumours-of-adolf-hitlers-post-war-survival/
'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).
‘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).
Chairman for Anna Saunders, Helga Müllneritsch and Professor Alaric Sealre at 'New Directions in Modern German History', University of Central Lancashire (21/09/2016).
'Britannia Inferior? A Glimpse of Life Around Roman Merseyside', Museum of Liverpool (November 2018).
HIST1817 - Skills and Concepts in International History: Hitler’s Foreign Policy, University of Leeds (2018-2019).
HY3003 - Germany under the Nazis:1933-1945, University of Central Lancashire (2017).
HY117 - State & Society in Nineteenth Century Europe, University of Central Lancashire (2017).
Hitler and Nazi Germany:
Mail on Sunday (Guy Walters) review of Hitler's Death (10/03/2019): https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6790885/Why-people-believe-Adolf-Hitler-escaped-New-book-demolishes-wild-conspiracy-theories.html
The Times of Israel (Robert Philpot) interview about Hitler's Death (02/05/2019): https://www.timesofisrael.com/hitler-lived-scholar-explores-the-conspiracies-that-just-wont-die/
WW2 Podcast about Hitler's Death (15/03/2019): http://ww2podcast.com/ww2-podcast/87-hitlers-death/
Russian television interview about Hitler's Death (28/04/2019): https://youtu.be/zANJ7jbRNn0?t=2140
The Times of Israel media review (02/05/2019): https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-auschwitz-memory-is-barbaric-8-things-to-know-for-may-2/
Westfalen-Blatt (Jan Gruhn) report on 'Herford's Hidden History' public lecture (07/07/2018): https://www.westfalen-blatt.de/OWL/Kreis-Herford/Herford/3380477-Forscher-Herford-nach-Krieg-so-wichtig-wie-Berlin-mit-Video-Arbeitete-hier-der-britische-Geheimdienst
Herforder Kreisblatt overview of my research and advert for Herford lecture (16/06/2018): https://www.geschichtsverein-herford.de/fileadmin/user_upload/presseartikel/herforder_kreisblatt/HK_16.06.2018_Daly_Groves.pdf
Neuen Westfälischen Herford, 'The Spies of Her Majesty' (21/06/2018): https://www.geschichtsverein-herford.de/fileadmin/user_upload/presseartikel/neue_westf%C3%A4lische/NW_21.06.2018_Daly_Groves.pdf
Eckhard Möller, 'Geheimdienstzentrale Herford', Der Remensnider (2018), pp. 37-38 discusses my research: https://www.geschichtsverein-herford.de/fileadmin/user_upload/publikationen/remensnieder/Remensnider-2018-1.pdf
'Sharing Secrets', a brief blog about my WRoCAH Knowledge Exchange Project (KEP) visit to Herford and Bad Salzuflen (16/07/2018): http://wrocah.ac.uk/sharing-secrets-an-unforgettable-kep-experience-in-germany-by-luke-daly-groves/
'Building Britannia: Behind the scenes at the Museum of Liverpool’s new Roman display' (31/10/2018): https://finds.org.uk/counties/merseyside/building-britannia-behind-the-scenes-at-the-museum-of-liverpools-new-roman-display/
'SPQL: A Glimpse of Life at the Edge of the Roman Empire' (06/11/2018): https://finds.org.uk/counties/merseyside/spql-a-glimpse-of-life-at-the-edge-of-the-roman-empire/
'Building Britannia', a shorter blog for the Museum of Liverpool (31/10/2018): http://blog.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/2018/10/building-britannia-behind-the-scenes-of-at-the-museum-of-liverpool/
Mention of 'What did we do for the Romans?' public lecture in The Wigan Archaeological Society Newsletter (December 2018): http://www.wiganarchsoc.co.uk/content/News_Letters/news217.htm
Mention of 'Britannia Inferior?' display in Historic Liverpool (2018): https://historic-liverpool.co.uk/tag/romans/
Mention in 'The History of Liverpool' children's history website (2019): http://historyofliverpool.com/aulus-viducus-the-roman-tarbock-tile-factory/
My historical interests are wide ranging (from Ancient Rome to the Second World War) as I, in the spirit of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s philosophy, seek to investigate numerous topics and to answer important historical questions and problems which seem worth solving as they arise.
My PhD thesis analyses Anglo-American intelligence relations in occupied Germany, and is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Despite emphasis by historians such as Stephen Dorril on occupied Germany being a centre for Anglo-American intelligence rivalry and, according to Ian Saying and Douglas Botting, the Cold War ‘front line’ between 1945-1950, the historiography lacks a comprehensive, primary source based account of Anglo-American intelligence rivalry in occupied Germany, leaving many questions unanswered.
Although much has been written about intelligence cooperation, most works have focused on scientific intelligence, neglecting the equally if not more important areas of political and security intelligence.
My research seeks to fill these gaps in historical knowledge through analysis of intelligence files located in the British National Archives (TNA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA II) in America. It also seeks to address the ‘hagiography’ in the historiography surrounding Anglo-American intelligence relations described by Richard J. Aldrich. A key focus of my research is the British Intelligence Division (ID). This organisation was larger than MI5 and MI6 and yet very little is known about its functions and activities.
- Master of Arts in Modern History
- Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours in History