Dr Alan Malpass

Lecturer in Military History


Dr Alan Malpass joined Bishop Grosseteste University as Lecturer in Military History in 2020. Prior to joining he taught history at Sheffield Hallam University where he completed his doctorate in 2016.

Alan delivers several undergraduate modules covering the history of war and warfare as well as the ethics of conflict. His interests include the history of civilian and military captivity during war, the British home front and civilian experience of the Second World War, and representations of conflicts and combat in films and board/video games.

Related courses:

War and Society: An Introduction to Military History

At War with Itself: The United States from Civil Rights to Vietnam

‘War! What is it Good for?’ The Ethics of Conflict: Historical Perspectives

The Civilian in War, The British Home Front during the Second World War

The Cold War and the Space Age

Bomber County, Lincolnshire and the Second World War

Alan’s research specialism is the history of the two world wars, particularly the treatment of civilian internees and prisoners of war. His PhD thesis explored the treatment of German prisoners of war held in Britain between 1939 and 1948. Alan is currently researching British policy towards enemy aliens and Axis POWs held in India during the Second World War.

Alan’s interests include the British experience and understanding of the Second World War on the home front, notions of Britishness, as well as the impact of war on British society and culture.

Alan is also developing projects on the emotional world of RAF prisoners of war in Axis camps during the Second World War and the history of wargames, their simulation of strategy and commemorative value.


2020, British Character and the Treatment of German Prisoners of War, 1939-48 Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1007/978-3-030-48915-1 https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030489144#aboutBook

Journal Articles

2019, ‘Disastrous’ and ‘Detrimental’: the National Union of Agricultural Workers' Complaints Against the Employment of Axis Prisoners of War, 1939-1948. History, 104(363), 890–910. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.12919

Review articles

2020, Review of The Walls Have Ears: The Greatest Intelligence Operation of World War II, (review no, 2020-065).

2018, Prisoners of War Review Article, (review no. 2295) DOI: 10.14296/RiH/2014/2295 https://reviews.history.ac.uk/review/2295

‘What happened to German prisoners of war in Britain after Hitler’s defeat’, The Conversation UK. https://theconversation.com/what-happened-to-german-prisoners-of-war-in-britain-after-hitlers-defeat-74859

'Chapter 2’, Gwesty Aduniad (Reunion Hotel) S4C, 2 January 2020. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07ygtvt