Anthony Beevor

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Person.png Anthony Beevor  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(officer, historian)
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Born4 December 1946
Kensington, London, UK
Alma materAbberley Hall School, Winchester College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Parents • John Beevor
• Kinta Beevor
SpouseArtemis Cooper
Interests • Second World War
• Spanish Civil War
• Information Research Department?
RelativesJohn Julius Norwich
British officer and historian whose books are - presumably with deep state support - dominating the market on WW2 and the Soviet Union.

Employment.png Officer

In office
July 1967 - August 1970
Later became historian making the Official Narrative

Anthony Beevor is a British officer and historian. His books, prominently displayed and promoted in all major bookshops, dominated - presumably with deep state support - the market on WW2 and the Soviet Union.

Early life

Beevor was born in Kensington,[1] Beevor was educated at two independent schools; Abberley Hall School in Worcestershire, followed by Winchester College in Hampshire.


He then went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he studied under the military historian John Keegan before receiving a commission in the 11th Hussars on 28 July 1967.[2] Beevor served in England and Germany and was promoted to lieutenant on 28 January 1969 before resigning his commission on 5 August 1970.[3][4]

Beevor has been a visiting professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, and at the University of Kent.

His best-known works, the best-selling books Stalingrad (1998) and Berlin: The Downfall 1945 (2002), recount the World War II battles between the Soviet Union and Germany. He has also written several other books on WW2 and the Spanish Civil War.

Soviet black legend

The historian Lars Borgersrud describes how Beevor is part of the British tradition of creating black legends:

Because he finds in the Soviet Union, with very few exceptions, no real military profession after the purges of 1937-38, and in any case no continuity to the old Russian officer milieu, his criticism is directed against the Red Army in general. The criticism ranges across the scale, such as that the victories on the Eastern Front are due to terror against their own soldiers, that the Soviet soldiers committed boundless mass atrocities against foreign peoples – sometimes also their own – with looting and murder, that Soviet military leaders committed the most unreasonable professional military mistakes because of Stalin's psychology, because of their communist convictions or simply because of a lack of elementary knowledge. His image of the Soviet military leader is that he was primitive, uncivilized, drunken and ignorant. His soldier image is more complex. We occasionally find an honest, decent person, but almost never an honest Communist. Most far fetched, perhaps, is his thesis that the Red Army turned into a regular pack of robbers as soon as they crossed into Germany, and his thesis – presented as truth in several books – that virtually all German women of accessible age and health were raped, and that very many ordinary soldiers were rapists, with Stalin's benign acceptance, of course.
The controversiality in Beevor's views lies not in the claim that there were abuses on the Eastern Front by the Red Army, as in all wars, but in the sheer scale he claims they had. Methodologically, it can also be objected that he uses a completely different template in his depiction of the Red Army than on the armies of other countries. He does not reflect on whether similar abuses by Western allied armed forces took place. It is perhaps no coincidence that such is not focused in Western military history.[5]

Ghost writers?

Borgersrud also point out that:

There is something strange about Beevor's writing: since 1998 he has published the four major books Stalingrad (1998), Berlin: The Downfall 1945 (2002), The Mystery of Olga Chekhova (2004), edited A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 (2005), and contributed in several others, such as in the The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century.
All claim to be based on thorough archival studies, extensive text analysis and the collection of interview material. That means a work of hundreds of pages practically every year. For those who have been through similar work and visited the same archives, this appears to be at the limit of what is physically possible. It takes many years to write a good historical research paper. Most historians fail it no more than once in their lives, the most skilled at most two or three times. But Beevor publishes such books on assembly lines. One has to wonder how he gets it. Does he have an invisible staff of helpers? He himself presents himself as an ordinary solo historian.[5]

Published works



Edited volumes

Book contributions

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