Dr Darren Poole

Dr Darren Poole is a lecturer in Military History at Bishop Grosseteste University. He holds a Ph.D. in Military History from the University of Chester. In addition to his History qualifications, he also has degrees in Geography, Education and Management.

Before joining BGU, Darren taught History at both the University of Chester and University Centre, Shrewsbury. At Chester and Shrewsbury, he taught all aspects of Military History and also supported learners who were new to Higher Education, including international students joining English universities for the first time.

Prior to becoming a lecturer, Darren was a Head of History and Geography in secondary schools across England. He still retains links to schools and education.

His research interests include aerial warfare, counterinsurgency and the voices of the oppressed and ignored in conflict. He is particularly committed to promoting the ‘unheard’ voices of war i.e. those civilians neglected by conventional military accounts of combat.

Darren is a published author and is currently working on a book examining the underreported violence that terrorists often inflict upon their own people. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Darren delivers a number of undergraduate units, but usually focuses on:

  • HIS412 The British Army: Continuity and Change
  • HIS503 The Civilian in War: The British Home Front during the Second World War
  • HIS601: Into the Blue – War in the Air

Darren is currently researching insurgent violence in South Vietnam.

  • Hunting the Viet Cong - Volume I: - The Counterinsurgency Campaign in South Vietnam 1961-1963 (Helion & Company)
  • Hunting the Viet Cong - Volume II: - The Fall of Diem and the Collapse of the Strategic Hamlets, 1961-1964 (Helion & Company)

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