Peter Doyle specialises in the understanding of military terrain, with special reference to the two world wars. He has a special interest in the concept of trench warfare in the First World War, and in the lives of those soldiers who experienced the conflict first hand.
Peter is also an author who focusses on the British experience of war, and the material culture of war.
A member of the British Commission of Military History, and secretary of the Parliamentary All Party War Heritage Group, he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has twice been a visiting lecturer at the United States Military Academy, West Point.
Peter is active in the promotion of the wider understanding of the First World War
- PhD (University of London) 1984
- BSc (University of London) 1981
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 2021
Teaching and Supervision
Module Convenor: Life in the Trenches: Perspectives on British Military History, 1914-18
Life in the Trenches: Perspectives on British Military History, 1914-18
Peter Doyle specialises in the understanding of military terrain, with special reference to the two world wars. As well as an historian, he is an earth scientist with a special interest in the concept of trench warfare in the First World War, and in the lives of those soldiers who experienced the conflict first hand. He has written extensively on these topics, with a focus both on the nature of trench warfare, and on the ordinary soldiers who took part in it.
Peter is also an author who focusses on the British experience of war, and the material culture of war. In addition to his work on trench warfare, he has research interests that span life on the Home Front and the experience of prisoners of war during the Second World War, the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, and the provision of 'Comforts to the troops' during the Great War. His more recent work has examined the specifics of the unique gift that was distributed to over 2.5 million soldiers and sailors at Christmas 1914.
Peter is active in the promotion of the wider understanding of the First World War. His book for young people, 'Percy, A Story of 1914' was shortlisted for a Society for Army Historical Research prize in 2019.
His research has been featured in numerous documentaries that have focussed on the First World War, Prisoners of War and PoW escapes in the Second World War, and a number of related topics.
Further profile content
Doyle, P. 2021. For Every Sailor Afloat, Every Soldier at the Front' Princess Mary's Christmas Gift, 1914
The first full scale archival study of this culturally-significant gift, provided by Princess Mary to all in uniform at Christmas 1914
Doyle, P. 2021. Kitchener's Mob: Myth and Reality in the Raising of Kitchener's Army
In: LINCH, K. & LORD, M. (eds) Redcoats to Tommies: The Experience of the British Soldier from the Eighteenth Century. Boydell Press, London
Doyle, P. 2019. Terrain and the Gallipoli Landings.
In: CRAWLEY & Lo Cicero (EDs.) Gallipoli, New Perspectives on the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1915-1916. Helion.
Doyle, P. 2018. 'Percy. A Story of 1918'. Uniform, London
The story of a First World War soldier, Percy Edwards of Cefn Mawr, based on letters and original archival materials. Shortlisted for Society of Army Historical Research Prize, October 2019.
Doyle, P. 2014. The First World War in 100 Objects. History Press, Stroud (Penguin USA, 2017)
Examination of the First World War through Material Culture
In 2018, Peter was part of an international team who organised and delivered a major crowd-funded and crowd-sourced archaeological excavation in Wijtschate, Belgium, examining a German trench fortification that has had major ramifications in the development of public archaeology.
As Secretary of the Parliamentary All Party War Heritage Group, Peter Doyle serves as the first point of contact for all matters relating the War Heritage, from the preservation of battlefield terrain, through to the support of the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) across the world
I am a regular contributor to TV documentaries relating to my work
Conferences and talks
Contributor to numerous conferences relating to terrain and military history