Professor Julian Saul David (born 1966) is a British academic military historian and broadcaster. He is best known for his work on the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Anglo-Zulu War, as well as for presenting and appearing in documentaries on British television covering imperial and military themes.

Saul David
Julian Saul David

EducationAmpleforth College
Alma mater

Of Armenian ancestry through his father and originally named Davidian,[1] David was born in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales, and was educated at various local schools in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire before studying for his A-levels at Ampleforth College.[2] He studied for an MA in history at Edinburgh University for which he was awarded a 2–1, and read for his PhD at the University of Glasgow.[2][3] He was Visiting Professor of Military History at the University of Hull for 2007 – 2008.[4] In 2009 he was appointed professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and has since been directing the institution's MA programme.[5]

David's books include The Indian Mutiny, which was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature,[3] Military Blunders, Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year[6]) and Zulu and Victoria’s Wars. He has presented and appeared in a number of BBC programmes, including Zulu: The True Story, Time Commanders, The Greatest Knight (2008) and Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to really win at war (2012).[7][8]


Non fictionEdit

  • David, Saul (1997). The Homicidal Earl: Life of Lord Cardigan. New York: Little, Brown & Company. ISBN 978-0-316-64165-4.
  • —— (1998). Military Blunders: The How and Why of Military Failure. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-0504-7.
  • —— (1999). Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency. Boston, MA: Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 978-0-87113-739-5.
  • —— (2003). The Indian Mutiny: 1857. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-100554-6.
  • —— (2004). Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-670-91474-6.
  • —— (2004). Churchill's Sacrifice of the Highland Division: France 1940. London: Brassey's (UK) Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85753-378-1.
  • —— (2005). Mutiny at Salerno: An Injustice Exposed. London: Conway Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84486-019-7.
  • —— (2007). Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-100555-3.
  • —— (2013). 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War Was Fought and Won.
  • —— (2015). Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-44476-251-8.
  • —— (2019). The Force : The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII's Mission Impossible. New York: Hachette Books. ISBN 978-0-316-41453-1.
  • —— (2020). Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945. New York: Hachette Books. ISBN 978-0-316-53467-3.



  1. ^ Josh Weiss, Historian Saul David Discusses Israel’s Famous Entebbe Operation And How He Tracked Down A German Fugitive, The New York Blueprint, 03/15/2018
  2. ^ a b Sale, Jonathan (12 June 2008). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Saul David, historian and broadcaster". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Saul David profile on Penguin Books". Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Academic staff profiles at". Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  5. ^ "MA Military History". The University of Buckingham. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  6. ^ "BBC History, Zulu: The True Story". Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  7. ^ Saul David at
  8. ^ Raeside, Julia; Stubbs, David; Catterall, Ali; Mueller, Andrew; Wright, Jonathan; O'Neill, Phelim (1 February 2012). "TV highlights 02/02/2012". The Guardian. London: 1 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.

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