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Welcome to Historical Eye


Welcome to my website; here you will find articles, features and essays I have written over the years on all sorts of historical subjects. For the casual reader, I hope there is plenty here to inform, interest and amuse. For the historian, please note that many of these articles were written for popular consumption and have not been referenced, excepting my MA work. However, I would stress that I always try to be as thorough as possible in my research, and that the facts and figures presented here were the best to hand at the time of writing.


This website is a labour of love; it is a place where I can showcase my work and, if possible, also help people discover or rediscover just how exciting the past can be. A great deal of time, effort and research has been invested these features and I continue to update and improve them whenever possible (my apologies for any typos or sytax errors). Most of the articles presented are quite lengthy, so I would ask readers to take their time and remind them there are no quick answers. My work is also not-for-profit and comes without the usual array of adwords or advertising that so often litter historical websites today; please do not cut-and-paste, plagiarise or violate my copyright, even for 'educational purposes'.


I have been running this site for just over 13 years now. Overhauling the work presented has taken far longer than expected and has become something of an ongoing task. I also hope to add a range of new features shortly. Please note this site is best viewed on desktop or tablet. The mobile version has some template issues that I have been unable to overcome. However, all text is available for viewing and navigation possible through the drop-down option at the top right.

In the meantime, I'm very happy to announce my new book: Bloody Carnival, Munich 1918-1919. The work explores the collapse of the German Empire in 1918 and focusses on Munich in the months that followed. The city would witness a peaceful revolution; the premier's assassination; a coup by radical writers; the rise of communist control; and then a brutal counter-revolutionary clampdown by the Freikorps. It is available in all major Amazon marketplaces in paperback or kindle formats and, if you have enjoyed my work over the years, please give it your consideration.


Simon Rees

Another country

L P Hartley famously wrote: 'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there'. That's certainly true, for history can be fascinating and strange, familiar and alien. But history is like a lighthouse too, warning us to avoid the rocks on which others were dashed.

First World War


Second World War


Other Features


MA Work


Family History

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