About Mark


Author & Historian

Mark Felton Author & Historian

Dr. Mark Felton is the author of several acclaimed books, including the recent hit Zero Night (“The story of the greatest escape of World War II has been told for the first time” – Daily Mail)  and Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini’s Colditz, both of which are currently being made into movies in Hollywood.


Japan’s Gestapo was voted ‘Best Book of 2009’ in The Japan Times, link, and other works have been used as the basis of television and radio  documentaries in Britain, the United States and Europe.
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Mark and his books have both been the subject of numerous newspaper features, including The Times, The Daily Mail, The Independent and many other daily UK nationals. Mark’s books have also featured in many famous international newspapers, including The New York Post, Wall Street Journal, The Australian, New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Mark is also in demand on the radio, appearing recently on The Jeremy Vine Show and the Mark Forrest Show, both on BBC Radio, among many others.

Mark appears regularly in television documentaries, including the 10-part Discovery Channel/American Heroes Channel series ‘Evolution of Evil‘ (watch here: CLICK)  and Discovery’sMad Science: Nazi Killer Bugs‘ (trailer here: CLICK) as well as The History Channel’s new 8-part series Combat Trains (trailer here: CLICK). He also appeared in several episodes of Top Tens of Warfare on Quest.


Mark most recently appeared in the National Geographic documentary series World War Weird, presented by Dr. Sam Willis and La Bete D’acier (The Beast of Steel) on French channel RMC Decouverte.

Hear Mark in a fascinating BBC Radio documentary based on Zero NightThree Minutes of Mayhem.



Born in Colchester in 1974, Mark gained his PhD at the University of Essex where he lectured in history before spending nearly a decade teaching in Shanghai, latterly at one of China’s most prestigious colleges, Fudan University. He also organised the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for Eastern China, and was an education instructor for the Peoples’ Liberation Army.

Mark was involved with many historical and World War II commemorative projects in association with the British Government and Ministry of Defence including his discovery of the lost graves of four British servicemen killed in Shanghai by the Japanese in 1937, a story which hit the headlines around the world. See the BBC News report here: British Soldiers’ Lost Graves in Shanghai Found

British soldiers’ graves honoured in Shanghai cemetery

In 2016 Mark was made a Companion of the Naval Order of the United States. As well as being published in the UK, US, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand, several of Mark’s books have been translated and published in Brazil, The Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Romania.

Mark lives in Norwich with his wife and son.

Mark Felton’s Books

7 thoughts on “About Mark”

  1. What is the name of the German marching music so often heard in the background. A particular episode that bangs off with the music is your piece on the “SS” symbol.
    I appreciate hearing from you.
    Great work, all these short clips. Three or four minutes is about right, to get a lot clicks on your productions!

    1. Can you make me a video about two US tanks used during the Korean War; the M26 Pershing and the M46 Patton, and how it compare in terms of performance, and it’s service length . God bless, more power and Get well soon sir Mark .

  2. Just read your book , Castle of Eagles and greatly enjoyed it. I am quite a WW11 student and I have never heard of this . Thanks for writing this important piece of history. Very well written and hard to put down. I am passing it on to others . Karl Shogren, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

  3. I’ve some information regarding the whereabouts of Titanic’s lifeboats into the 1960’s.

    As a youngster, the topic of Titanic came up a number of times in our family as my father and uncle were both active mariners in one way or another in the New York area. One day I happened to ask after a discussion of Titanic – What ever happened to her lifeboats?

    The response was immediate and definitive… “The attic of the New York Yacht Club”.

    I cannot say I ever heard this anywhere else, nor was I able to verify it personally later in life. I have tried unsuccessfully to interest others in their disposition, and until you posed the question in your Nov 2018 video on youtube, no one else ever seemed to care.

    I hope this information helps you in your quest.

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