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  • 17 March 2019 – !!!!!Mark Felton Productions has reached 100,000 subscribers!!!!!!


  • 13 January 2019 – Exciting news! A director has been attached to the Castle of the Eagles film project. More to follow…
  • 30 December 2018 – Mark Felton Productions has surpassed 50,000 subscribers! Many thanks to all of my supporters!
  • Forthcoming Media Appearances – tune in to the following radio programmes to hear me discussing my new book Ghost Riders:
  • BBC Radio Norfolk, 4:10pm, Thursday 19 July
  • Talk Radio Europe, 10:30am, Monday 23 July
  • BBC Radio Essex, 2:00pm, Tuesday 28 August
  • 6 July 2018 – Groovy Czech language edition of Castle of the Eagles
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  • 4 May 2018 – Cover for my new book Ghost Riders. Hits the shops on 5th July (UK) and 2nd October (US)

Ghost Riders

Pre-order hardback or KindleGhost Riders –

  • 28 February 2018 – Spent the day filming a new French documentary for RMC Découverte.IMG_4076
  • 2 February 2018 – Sneak peak at the cover for my forthcoming book Ghost Riders, due for publication in the UK in July and the US later this year.

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  • 5 January 2018 – At The Imperial War Museum Duxford. Great to see the “Forgotten War” section about the Far East Campaign, which is sadly all too often overlooked in the UK.


  • 8 December 2017 – That’s Shanghai! magazine features my article on the Japanese takeover of the International Settlement on 8 December 1941 – This Day in History
  • 5 October 2017: News of Finding Wee Paddy documentary in the The Derry Journal – Derry Journal
  • 4 October 2017: The perfect Christmas present – a paperback copy of my bestseller Zero Night signed by me for only £4.99 plus P&P. Click: Special Offer
  • 30 September 2017: Finding Wee Paddy – Fascinating afternoon filming at mine for a new documentary tied in with my discovery of the lost graves of British soldiers killed in Shanghai in 1937.

Finding Wee Paddy

  • September 2017: New paperback of Castle of the Eagles released – nice cover art!
  • Castle of the Eagles PB
  • 3 August 2017 – Here’s my recent appearance on BBC Radio Norfolk including some fantastic war movie themes (from 02:09:00)! Jo Thewlis Show
  • 1 August 2017 – Tune in to BBC Radio Norfolk this evening at 6pm when I shall be discussing my life and books.
  • 6 June 2017 – MOVIE NEWS! Really excited to update everyone with details of the producers and screenwriter on the Castle of the Eagles film project. Producing for eOne and Moonriver Content is Xavier Marchand, who’s credits include Spotlight (Academy Award Best Picture 2016), Eye in the Sky with Helen Mirren, Suite Francaise with Michelle Williams & Kristin Scott Thomas, and The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe. Also producing  is Brad Luff, who’s credits include upcoming US tv show Siren, and movies Extinction with Matthew Fox and Parker with Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez. Writing the screenplay is one of Britain’s most respected scriptwriters, Jeff Pope. His amazing credits include Cilla with Sheridan Smith, and the movies Philomena with Judi Dench & Steve Coogan (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations shared with Steve Coogan) and Pierrepoint with Timothy Spall. He has also won three BAFTA awards. More info at :
  • 27 May 2017 – Excellent time at the ‘Meet the Author’ event at the Loughton Festival discussing Zero Night.
  • 4 May 2017 – Big spread on Castle of the Eagles in today’s print edition of The Daily Mirror.
  • SUB-LIEUTENANT ADAM BERGIUS DSC: Sad news is the passing on 3rd March 2017 of one of the last men involved in the XE-Craft operations against the Japanese in 1945, former Sub-Lieutenant Adam Bergius. He was a diver on HMS XE-4, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry. A lovely man whose conversations and letters aided me enormously with researching The Sea Devils. A true British hero!
  • 10 March 2017 – Lovely time on The Tony Fisher Show, BBC Essex, this afternoon. From 02:11:10
  • Mark BBC Essex

  • DIARY DATES: I shall be appearing shortly on the following radio shows discussing Castle of the Eagles:

BBC ESSEX – The Tony Fisher Show on 10 March at 2pm BBC OXFORD – The Kate Orman Show on 16 March at 11.45am BBC NORFOLK – TBA

  • 23 February 2017 – Castle of the Eagles is published! Available from all good bookshops!
  • 17 February 2017 – Had a great time recording an interview for Dublin City FM‘s Book Bound discussing Castle of the Eagles. Broadcast next week.
  • 15 February 2017 – Great morning at the Muckleburgh Collection in North Norfolk researching the types of vehicles that will be appearing in my next book Ghost Riders, published by Da Capo in 2018. Its the thrilling story of how a small US Army cavalry reconnaissance unit saved the world’s most famous horses in the dying days of World War II.

M24 Chaffee & Me

 M24 Chaffee light tank


Jeep (called a “Peep” by the recon guys)

M8 Greyhound & Me

My favourite – the M8 Greyhound Armoured Car – the main vehicle of US Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadrons

M24 Chaffee

M24 Chaffee – a big 75mm gun on a little tank, but thin armour compared with the Sherman beside her. Not much use against most late war German tanks!

  • UPCOMING EVENT: I shall be appearing on the Tony Fisher Show, BBC Essex on Friday 10th March at 2pm discussing my new book Castle of the Eagles.
  • 6 December 2016: Up at Holkham Beach in Norfolk today exploring some of the settings used in one of my favourite books and war films: The Eagle Has Landed

The Eagle Has Landed Poster Sutherland & Agutter PinesDonald Sutherland & Jenny Agutter in 1975 in the pines behind the beach. Its unchanged today: IMG_0602-2 (Below) Sutherland as Liam Devlin, signalling the Dakota full of German paratroopers from the dunes on Holkham Beach: Liam Devlin Beach IMG_0605

  • 25 November 2016: Tune in to Colne Radio on Sunday 27th November at 1pm to The Film Programme with Heather Cartwright where I will be discussing the film adaptations of Castle of the Eagles and Zero Night. Link:
  • 11 November 2016: US version of Castle of the Eagles cover, for release July 2017 Castle of the Eagles US
  • 25 October 2016: At the fantastic Norfolk Tank Museum today. Chieftan 2
  • 4 October 2016: Essential Media has renewed its option on Zero Night as the movie project continues to develop.
  • 3 October 2016: Very pleased to announce that Castle of the Eagles, my forthcoming escape drama, has been optioned by Hollywood giant Entertainment One for feature film development.
  • 27 September 2016:  Filming at home today in Norwich with French channel RMC Découverte.French Filming
  • 4 August 2016: New cover design for Castle of the Eagles – echoing those great military thrillers of the ’60s and ’70s.

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  • 21 July 2016: At the RAF Museum at Cosford (even better collection than the one at Hendon!). Thrilled to see my favourite WWII aircraft, the Focke-Wulf FW 190, up close and personal.FW190And my second-favourite, the Hurricane!Hurricane
  • 21 June 2016: Interviewed on the Mark Forrest Show on BBC Radio about the history of the George Cross in light of the public campaign to award one to the pensioner who tried to save MP Jo Cox. From -0:25:43 – Mark Forrest Show
  • 7 June 2016: Filming a new National Geographic documentary  NatGeo

Mysteries of World War II presented by Dr. Sam Willis.

  • 4 June 2016: Very enjoyable day speaking at the Loughton Festival about the private world of Adolf Hitler. Many thanks to the organisers and to all who attended!
  • 27 May 2016: I was a guest on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 today discussing President Obama’s controversial visit to Hiroshima. Full interview from 07:00: The Jeremy Vine Show
  • 18 May 2016:  Fantastic review of The Sea Devils in the Australian News Weekly – Book Review
  • 17 April 2016: Watch Mark discussing The Great Escape, Operation Valkyrie and other fascinating WWII dramas in Top Tens of Warfare, Episode 7: Secrets – Quest TV
  • 27 March 2016: Watch Mark in Top Tens of Warfare, Episode 4: Vessels – Quest TV
  • 27 March 2016: First peek at the fantastic cover for my new book Castle of the Eagles – due November 2016 in the UK & US

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  • March – April 2016: Watch Mark in the new 10-part Discovery Channel series Top Tens of Warfare on Quest, Sundays at 10pm
  • First peek at the cover for Holocaust HeroesHolocaust Heroes 2
  • 30 January 2016: Very enjoyable speaking engagement discussing Zero Night in Chelmsford, Essex
  • 8 November 2015: Nice review of Zero Night in the Australian magazine News WeeklyThe Warburg Wire Job
  • 28 October 2015: Interview on BBC Three Counties Radio with host Iain Lee on unexploded German bombs in Britain Iain Lee
  • 20 October 2015: Brilliant audio version of The Sea Devils released, read by actor Mark Meadows (from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus). The Sea Devils Audio Download
  • 28 September 2015: Very good review of Zero Night in The Gulf News, the Middle East’s main English-language daily: Zero Night
  • 3 September 2015: Watch Mark in the new American Heroes Channel documentary Evolution of Evil: Tojo Evolution of Evil
  • 3 September 2015: Fantastic review of Zero Night in The Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal
  • 3 September 2015: East Anglian Daily Times feature on The Sea DevilsHollywood author
  • 30 August 2015: Nice review of Zero Night in the Galveston, Texas Daily NewsZero Night
  • 24 August 2015: Fun day filming a new History Channel documentary Combat Trains, episode on Hitler’s special train, the FuhrersonderzugHitler's Train
  • 14 August 2015: Interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live discussing VJ Day (from 1:17:00) Stephen Nolan Show
  • DIARY DATE: On Monday 17 August I shall be a guest on The Tony Fisher Show on BBC Essex. Tune in at 2pm to hear me discussing my new book The Sea Devils
  • 16 July 2015 – nice review of Guarding Hitler at War History Online Guarding Hitler
  • 18 June 2015 – fantastic review for The Sea Devils in Eye Spy Magazine

Eye Spy Review

  • 8 June 2015 – Zero Night has been nominated for the prestigious 2015 Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction
  • 1 June 2015 – in London today filming a new Discovery Channel documentary “Evolution of Evil” on wartime Japanese leader General Tojo, airing in the US later this year

Hideki Tojo

  • 15 May 2015: ‘Three Minutes of Mayhem’ – BBC Radio Documentary on Zero Night

Three Minutes of Mayhem

  • 12 May 2015: Interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio, from 50:00:

BBC Three Counties Radio Interview

  • 8 May 2015: Filming a BBC documentary on Zero Night

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  • 23 April 2015:

photo 2-2photo 4-3 IMG_3651 Being interviewed for the forthcoming Discovery Channel  documentary series “Mad Science: Nazi Killer Bugs” onboard a German U-boat in Bremerhaven

19 thoughts on “Latest News”

  1. Just read Zero Night. I think it would make an engrossing and exciting film. I read Great Escape many years ago as a kid, and saw the film many years later when it came out. I think Zero Night has a great story to tell to another generation.

  2. Welcome, thank you for writing a book about the Yangtze Incident. It is sad that history has lacked accuracy in respect of HMS Concord even though the restriction of the 30 year rule has long gone. Your book together with others have corrected the assumption that Concord met Amethyst at the mouth of the Yangtze. It is unfortunate that the Amethyst memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum also states that the meeting took place at the river mouth.
    A big thank you from the few left from the well loved HMS Concord

  3. Wow, what a fantastic website, I’ve learned more from your site about the Obersalzburg than when I visited the Bertchesgaden area several years ago.

    Fantastic job.

  4. Hello Mr Felton,

    Have just read your recent book “Castle of Eagles” and found the whole story most intriguing, but so enlightening. So many high ranking war personnel in one location would seem far to obvious that escaping was the major priority, but that easy for us to say now with so much history behind us. I must admit to a touch of sorrow for the Italians for being duped, and a reluctance to commiserate with the British and Commonwealth prisoners to some degree as they were exceptionally well looked after – will be interesting to see the comparison with “Zero Night” which I have yet to read. I have no knowledge of the non commissioned prisoners well-being in Italian prisons but would not believe they had anything near the benefits of the Villa Orsini and Vincigliata Castle.

    A small item if you could enlighten me is the “mysterious stop” the train always made for 5 minutes prior to crossing through the frontier to Switzerland – why was this, do you know?

    Will look forward to more of your books, thanks for the education.

    Regards, Dave Christensen

  5. I just finished reading Zero Night. I enjoyed it very much. I would like to know what happen to Lieutenant hunt, Royal tank regiment, number 7 on Team 1? He was left at a little station waiting room.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the book. Regarding Hunt, I know he survived the war, but of his postwar life I’m afraid I can’t tell you anything. All the best, Mark

  6. Hi Mark

    Thank you for sharing really interesting and well produced material. I’m curious if there is any evidence/footage of Hitler ever speaking English? I assume that speaking a language other than German would have been well below his priorities.

    Best regards

    1. Hi Robert,

      Thanks for your support. In answer to your question, I’ve never come across any film of Hitler speaking more than a word or two of English. I don’t think he could.

      All the best!

  7. I am reading Zero Night. It is entertaining history. I keep asking why isn’t this story known more widely?
    One thing I have to ask is the sprinkling of “old chap” and “dashed bad luck” in their speech really how it was? I thought these phrases were mockingly Hollywood inventions. Did the British officer class all talk like that?

  8. Mark
    My name is Graham Hollands a retired Major General living in Normandy and a local Battlefield Historian. Your U Tube post of the action at Steamroller Farm has just been brought to my attention. I am the son of the then Lt (acting Captain) Hollands who features in your post. He was awarded an immediate DSO for leading that action.
    You may not be aware that he had in 1940 been awarded a DCM whilst serving as a Corporal with the Royal Sussex Regiment a part of the BEF in France.
    There is an interesting Post Script to Steamroller Farm when in the 1970s (?) one of the German Paratroopers contacted my father. Their meeting was recorded in an interview by Anne Diamond on a programme “Good Morning Britain. The Tank Museum and myself have a copy of this if you are interested.

    1. Dear General Hollands, many thanks for contacting me about Steamroller Farm. It’s certainly a fascinating action and I appreciate the background on your father. I’d be interested to see the interview to which you refer. Kind regards, Mark

  9. Mark,

    I just wanted you to know that Carol Carpenter ( Apacki) absolutely loved your tribute to Bazooka Charlie who was her father.

    If you would ever like to contact her I can put you in touch. I’m sure she could fill in any blanks you may have.

  10. Mr. Felton,

    I recently watched your videos on U-530 and U-997(?), do you personally have a personal theory for what they were doing? With there missing weaponry, unaccounted for time and lack of cargo.

    1. Hi Mark, I am a big fan your youtube videos and books. I would like to suggest you make a short documentary film on the SS General Hans Kammler who, amongst other things was in charge of the rocket team and other secret weapons projects. At the end of the war Kammler vanished and there has been a lot of speculation about his fate. I see there is a new book coming out about him by a guy who researched the story for 15 years and got access to new archive documents on Kammler. I just pre-ordered the book on amazon, its called The Hidden Nazi. Thanks, Shaun

  11. Sir:

    Really appreciate your YouTube videos on World War II.

    I would like to suggest you do a video on the Battle of Castle Itter—the “last battle” of World War 2 in Europe. Where American troops joined with German soldiers to fight off an SS attack on a prison castle in Austria.

  12. Dr.Felton,
    How can one wear military uniforms and drop bombs on civilians? ( Re: Zeppelin)

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