About Mark


Author & Historian

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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

26 thoughts on “About Mark”

  1. Hello Mark…Owen Tudor Boyd,s Wellington T2873 was not shot
    down by Italian fighters based at Cosimo. It reached the vicinity
    of Malta which was covered in cloud & the crew failed to locate the island.They had a gentle tail wind & probably overshot by about 15 miles.The skipper turned towards Sicily.As they approached the skies cleared.At this point they could have turned back under the clouds towards Malta.Had they done this they would have ditched in the sea as they were very low on fuel.Boyd opted for land .T2873 made a forced landing near Roveto in open rough country.There was just enough fuel to
    fire the aircraft.Fighters from Comiso may have helped to locate the aircraft.They were taken prisoner fairly quickly by the Italian Navy based at Marzamemi or Tonnary di Vendicari?
    William Watson….son of navigator T2873

    1. Hi William. Thanks for getting in touch. I based my version on Flight Lieutenant John Leeming’s (AVM Boyd’s ADC) detailed description in his book – I guess he was not fully aware of all the facts himself during the confusion of coming down. Other sources were contemporary newspaper coverage and some further research by aviation historians. I’ll pass along this new information. Many thanks, Mark.

  2. 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 .

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Hi Mark,
    My Fathers best friend wrote a book about his experiences during the second world war titled” The two Jacks” it is a book about their experiences during the war.
    If you are interested , please cont ace me at brian.smyth223@gmail.com

  6. Hi Mark –
    I do a lot of historical research in my own field of study, and never read anything for fun anymore. However, when I saw your Ghost Riders book I had to have it…..I well recall as a child watching the Disney movie on this…..and so I dared treat myself to an outside book! Horrors! However, I can tell you I am only 50 pages into it and so appreciate the detail and the research behind it. I just want to show my appreciation. And when I have finished, I will surely post a review on Amazon. Thanks a million for giving me something to read besides the usual grim stuff I am dealing with!

  7. Hi Mark, loving the videos. You might want to take a look at the RAPWI (Repatriation of Allied Prisoners of War and Interns) teams that Force 136 of the SOE parachuted into the still occupied islands of South East Asia. My uncle commanded one such 4 man team, taking control of 15,000 Japanese troops. A memoir of one of the doctors in one of the 6 man teams reckoned that his team alone saved 200 lives a week during the 6 weeks they had to wait for the Allied forces to arrive, and there were 48 teams that were successfully parachuted in.the logistics alone in terms of supplies are fascinating reading.

  8. Dear Mark

    I‘m a big fan of your youtube channel, which is unique, and have made a contribution on Patreon.

    If ever you get a chance to make a video on the Halbe Pocket, I would be most grateful.

  9. Hey Mark, I watch all of your videos and love your work! I have a library of about 100 WWII DVDs, most of which have public domain footage. I have watched them all more than I care to admit and I was going to toss them and then I thought of you. If you have any interest and could use them on your videos I’d be glad to send them to you as a donation to your channel. I noticed some of the same clips over and over on your videos and thought you could use some new material. Best, Dean

    1. That is very kind of you, but I think it is logistically easier for me to download clips. Many thanks for the thought though, appreciated.

  10. I built a model plane of the Gothe or Zepppelin- Staaken R .VI when I was 7 years old, very tricky with the lines between the wings. Now, 51 years later, thanks to Mark F. Prod., I understand the history about the planes, lovely.

  11. Hi Mark,

    I saw you latest video about Laurits Lauritsen’s old Mercedes 320. I grew up in the town next to Klejtrup where Laurits had his garage and spent may saturdays having coffee with him and spending time crawling under his old partially restored cars. remember vividly when he first got the 320 and the state it was in – the old oak based chassis and the enourmous drum brakes. When he first contacted Mercedes to ask for drawings and specs they told him he was mistaken as there was no way he could own this car. they sent a representative to look at it and offered a very large sum to buy it in the state it was in then. Have driven in it a few times – lovely car and smooth running too.

    Keep up the good work


  12. Dear Mark
    have you ever come over RAF 990 BB.
    It is a story I have looked into the last 2 years and you should tell it. Please contact me if you need the story.

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