Published: June 09, 2019
Charles Messenger, who has died aged 77, served in the Army for 20 years before becoming a full-time military historian and defence analyst.
In 1980 Messenger retired from the regular Army and embarked on what turned out to be almost four decades of writing. Concentrating primarily on 20th century warfare, his books included The Battle of Britain and World War 2 in the Atlantic, yet it was in the land domain that he largely focused. He wrote The Art of Blitzkrieg, Commandos and The Tanks: The History of the Royal Tank Regiment 1976-2017.
Call to Arms: The British Army 1914-1918 was widely regarded as his masterpiece. It was as if he identified himself with the lost generation of that conflict,...