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UK financier acquires screen rights to WWII story ‘Operation Suicide’

Motion Picture Capital has acquired the screen rights to the historical novel Operation Suicide: The Remarkable Story of the Cockleshell Raid. The story, based on real events, is written by military historian Dr Robert Lyman and depicts the daring raid of a German shipping base in Bordeaux by 12 British royal marines in 1942. Read…

Headhunters

Bob Pigeon of Da Capo Press in New York has announced that Perseus Books have secured world rights to Robert Lyman’s Headhunters, and published Spring 2016. Headhunters tells the previously untold story of the loss of USAAF Flight 12420 in August 1943 over the vast, jungled borders of northern Burma, deep within Japanese-held territory. Of…

Quercus announce that they are publishing Robert Lyman’s The Real X-Men

Between 1942 and 1945 the Royal Navy engaged in a type of warfare so secret that very few people knew about it at the time, and few people have heard about since. It was extraordinarily tough work, and demanded unusually high standards of personal courage, physical fitness, determination, training and leadership from those engaged, not…

Robert Lyman was commissioned to investigate the RAF raid on Amiens Prison in 1944

Richard Milner of Quercus has announced that he has commissioned Dr Robert Lyman to investigate the RAF raid on Amiens Prison in February 1944, widely but erroneously known as Operation Jericho and described as ‘mysterious’ by the late historian of the SOE, Professor Michael Foot. In recent years doubts have been cast on the original RAF account of…

Major new Movie: The Lion of Tobruk

Robert Lyman is advising and supporting a forthcoming major film production. World War II has long provided incredible stories for cinema: tales of remarkable bravery, terrible cruelty and heroism on all sides. But these stories so often seem to come from one place – the battlefields of Europe, or maybe the islands of the Pacific….

Launch of Japan’s Last Bid for Victory: The Invasion of India, 1944

The launch of Japan’s Last Bid for Victory was held at the Army and Navy Club in November 2011, amongst 80 veterans of the battles for Kohima and Imphal between March and August 1944. Viscount Slim OBE was guest of honour. Viscount Slim gave a stirring speech at the launch of Robert Lyman’s new book,…

Britain’s Greatest General is Crowned

On Saturday 9 April five historians battled it out at the National Army Museum in London to argue that their hero had the military ‘X Factor’, the audience of military enthusiasts got to vote and decide the winner. The five contenders came from across the centuries, Oliver Cromwell, The Duke of Wellington, The Duke of…

Robert Lyman at Oxford Literary Festival 2010

Robert attended the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on 27 March 2010 alongside veterans of the Siege of Tobruk (both British and German) in a session compeered by Jim Naughtie of the BBC. (L-R) 90 year old Ray Ellis, late of the South Notts Hussars, Rudolf Schneider, late of the Afrika Korps and a member…