About Dr Robert Lyman

NAM Remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of the Battles of Kohima and Imphal

VJ Day Commemoration at the National Arboretum 2020

Dr Robert Lyman FRHistS is a writer and historian. He is a Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

After finishing a twenty year career in the British Army in 2001 he has published widely on the Second World War in Europe, North Africa and Asia.

He is Field Marshal Bill Slim’s military biographer. His presentation of the case for Slim won a National Army Museum debate in 2011 for Britain’s Greatest General and his case for Kohima/Imphal won a National Army Museum debate in 2013 for Britain’s Greatest Battle.

He was the BBC’s historical adviser for the VJ commemorations in 2015 and 2020 and is a regular contributor to documentary films on aspects of the war.

He is currently finishing a new narrative account of the war in the Far East (‘A War of Empires’) due for publication by Osprey in November 2021. Also in the pipeline is an account of the two Chindit campaigns (Operations Longcloth and Thursday), an account of American experiences of living under Nazism (‘Jackboot’), the story of the British Army between 1918 and 1940 and a combined biography of Britain’s greatest generals of the Second World War, Bill Slim and Bernard Montgomery.

He leads battlefield tours:

He is a supporter of Aspects of History where he has an Author Platform

He gives regular lectures at the National Army Museum and the Kohima Educational Trust:

He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Robert is represented by Charlie Viney of the Viney Shaw Agency.

Robert has been a trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust since 2004, and Chairman between 2008-2016.

If you wish to engage Robert to speak or to talk to him about his books please contact him at Robert@morlandhouse.org.uk


Speaking Engagements

Dr Lyman can be contacted to give lectures on any of the subjects about which he has written.

He has lectured for the Open University, in various UK Universities and Navy and Military societies and museums. Find out more about his speaking engagements or get in touch to invite Dr Lyman to speak, or for more information.

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