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He lived in Farnborough, Hampshire.
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, for he seemed to have an extraordinary empathy with those who had taken part, reinforced by an expert’s knowledge of the fighting on the Western Front....
Trench Fighting, 1914-1918, Ballantine, 1972.
The Art of Blitzkrieg, Ian Allan, 1976.
THe Blitzkrieg Story, Scribner, 1976.
Blitzkrieg, Gustav Lubbe, 1978.
The Observer's Book of Tanks, Warne, 1981.
Terriers in the Trenches: The Post Office Rifles at War, 1914-1918, Picton Publishing, 1982.
The First One Thousand Raid, Ian Allan, 1982.
The Unknown Alamein, Ian Allan, 1982.
The Tunisian Campaign, 1942-1943, Hippocrene, 1982.
The New Observer's Book of Tanks, Warne, 1984.
"Bomber": Sir Arthur Harris and the Strategic Bombing Offensive, 1939-1945, Arms & Armour, 1984.
Combat Aircraft (juvenile), F. Watts, 1984.
Helicopters (juvenile), F. Watts, 1985.
Anti-Armour Warfare, Ian Allan, 1986.
The History of the British Army, Presidio Press, 1986.
The Second World War (juvenile), F. Watts, 1987.
Pictorial History of World War II, Smith Publications, 1987.
(Editor) The Middle East (juvenile), F. Watts, 1988.
The Chronological Atlas of World War II, Macmillan, 1989.
The Last Prussian: A Biography of Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, 1875-1953, Macmillan, 1991.
For Love of Regiment: A History of the British Infantry, Cooper, 1996.
The Illustrated Book of World War II, Thunder Bay, 1999.
The Second World War in the West, Cassell, 1999.
(Editor) Reader's Guide to Military History, Fitzroy Dearborn (Chicago, IL), 2001.
(Historical consultant) World War I in Colour: The Definitive Illustrated History with Over 200 Remarkable Full Colour Photographs, Ebury Press (London, England), 2003.
The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign, Thames & Hudson (New York, NY), 2004.
(With others) World War II, DK (New York, NY), 2004 , 2nd edition, 2009.
The Second World War in Europe, Smithsonian (Washington, DC), 2004.
Call to Arms: The British Army 1914-18, Weidenfeld and Nicolson (London, England), 2005.
Great Military Disasters, Smithmark (New York, NY), 2006.
Rommel: Leadership Lessons from the Desert Fox, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, NY), 2009.
Hitler's Gladiator: The Life and Wars of Panzer Army Commander Sepp Dietrich, Skyhorse (New York, NY), 2011.
"Also author of Armies of World War III, Bison/ Hamlyn, Twentieth-Century Weapons: Combat Aircraft, Aladdin Books, and The Steadfast Gurkha: A History of the Sixth Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1948-1982, Leo Cooper/ Secker & Warburg. Also contributor to Purnell's History of the First World War. United Kingdom/North Atlantic Treaty Organization correspondent for Defence Update International. Contributor of articles and book reviews to various historical and military journals. Co-editor, Current Military List."