TEAM Bio: Martin King
Martin King is not only a brilliant historian, author, and documentarian — he’s an absolute gentleman, humanitarian, dedicated to his causes, and a blast to work with.
Our second major project ‘The Road to Waterloo’ is his brain child. He’s heading down to Waterloo this week to begin shooting background material.
You’re going to see a lot more of Martin as we move forward.
Martin King is a British Military Historian/Lecturer and published author who’s had the honor of reintroducing many US, British and German veterans to the WWII battlefields where they fought. He lives in Belgium near Antwerp where he spends his time writing, lecturing, working with veteran organizations and visiting European battlefields. He is married, has two children and has been resident in Belgium since 1981. Previous to that he attended Wakefield Technical and Arts College and followed a course in Teacher Training and European History.
In 1995 after a brief foray into the music business that earned him a platinum award he began writing the first draft of ‘Voices of the Bulge’, with American Historian/co-author Michael Collins. ‘Voices of the Bulge’ is accompanied by a DVD of one to one interviews with Battle of the Bulge veterans who participated in the project.
His voluntary work tracing the individual histories of veterans and their families has been a labor of love for almost 20 years. He speaks German, Dutch, Italian, and French and has a working knowledge of Japanese. Frequently in demand as a public speaker he has lectured at many British and US military bases throughout the world. His activities came to the attention of some major military documentary makers in Hollywood. The History Channel hired Martin to be their Historical Consultant on their series “Cities of the Underworld”. In 2007 he began a new assignment working as a Historical consultant/writer on the hit series ‘Greatest Tank Battles’, one of the most watched military documentaries ever made. A ‘YouTube’ clip featuring Martin presenting a King Tiger II received more than 95,000 hits. Shortly thereafter he accepted an invitation to work as a Presenter/Historical Consultant on an episode of the series ‘Narrow Escapes’ with Bafta Award winning documentary makers WMR.
In 2010 he was invited to the prestigious Valley Forge Military College to officially open the ‘Eric Fisher Woods’ library there in recognition of all his research into to life of this famous alumni. In 2010 he wrote the book ‘The Forgotten Nurse’ (L’infirmiere Oubliée) about the life of Nurse Augusta Chiwy which received great critical acclaim from the European media. After orchestrating an extensive campaign to get her official recognition in 2011 she was made a ‘Knight of the Order of the Crown’ by the then King of Belgium Albert II. Then she received the United States Army “Humanitarian Civilian Award” for her exceptional bravery in World War Two and was made an honorary member of the 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division and an Honorary Citizen of Bastogne.
In 2011 he teamed up with Mike Collins again to write ‘The Tigers of Bastogne’ a book about the pivotal role played by the 10th Armored Division during the fight for Bastogne. It was released by his US publisher Casemate in 2013.
In 2014 Martin became the executive producer and appeared in a critically acclaimed feature documentary based on the life of Nurse Augusta Chiwy titled ‘The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne’ directed by 9 times Emmy award winning director Mike Edwards.
Widely regarded as a leading authority on Military History, General Graham Hollands referred to him as the “Greatest living expert on the Battle of the Bulge”. His campaigning work for World War Two veterans recently came to attention of some leading US military personnel who presented him and Mike Collins with a ‘Services to Education’ certificate at USAF Fort Dix in New Jersey. The municipality where he lives voted him to represent them as a ‘Cultural Ambassador’ and he was recently made an ‘Honorary Citizen’.
His latest book co-written with Mike Collins and David Hilborn is titled ‘The Fighting 30th Division (They called them Roosevelt’s SS’) and will be released by his publisher Casemate in May 2015.