Cruise Ship Speakers

Military History
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Colonel Stephen M Bauer
Military Historian
Coming from: The Woodlands,  Texas  USA
Author and lecturer, Colonel Stephen M. Bauer served longer as a Military Social Aide than anyone in the history of the White House. Under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, he was responsible for supervising the conduct of numerous social and ceremonial functions for the First Family. He later held a staff position under Presidents Reagan and Bush. Steve retired from the Army in 1993 after 28 years of service. His military career included a variety of assignments including Infantry combat tours in Vietnam and in Korea and a tour with the President's Honor Guard. Steve has lectured on his White House experiences for the past 29 years and has been a featured speaker on many World Cruises.

Ian Beckett
Modern and Military History
PhD, FR Hist S
Coming from: Penzance,  Cornwall  UK
Ian retired as Professor of Military History from the University of Kent (UK) in 2015. Previously Ian held chairs in both the UK and the US, including the Horner Chair in Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia as well as being Visiting Professor at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He was also on the academic staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst for 15 years. Ian has an international reputation for his work on the First World War and on the history of the British Army. On cruise ships, however, he speaks more widely on modern and contemporary history.

Sir Andrew Burns
World Affairs & International Diplomacy
KCMG Retired Ambassador
Coming from: Minehead,  Somerset  UK
Sir Andrew Burns is a retired British Diplomat with extensive experience of South and SE Asia and China/Hong Kong, Israel and the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, the US and Canada. His final post was as High Commissioner to Canada, having previously been Ambassador to Israel and Consul-General in Hong Kong and Macau. Sir Andrew lectures on historical, cultural and foreign policy subjects in a tailor-made way that illuminates the geographic region of each cruise and draws on his own experiences as a diplomat with an eye for the humorous.

Edward Butler
History, Genealogy, Law & Travel
Award winning author of history/genealogy/family history books
Coming from: San Antonio,  Bexar, Texas  USA
Judge Ed Butler was a Ford Foundation Scholar at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he graduated with honors. For many years he was a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by both the Texas and National Boards. He is a retired federal judge; retired Naval Intelligence Commander; & former law school professor. His honors include the DAR Medal of Honor, SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal, and he was selected to the Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame. He's listed in Who's Who in America & Who's Who in the World. He is a world traveler who has visited over 200 countries.

John Douglas Chapman
WW2 Historian & Bletchley Park Expert
Welcome Host Gold : Tourism Marketing
Coming from: Halesowen,  West Midlands  UK
Since 1992, John became a volunteer at Bletchley Park, the World War 2 home of the Code-Breakers, and founded the world famous Bletchley Park Post Office. John has been a Senior Tour Guide at Bletchley Park since 1998, entertaining thousands of visitors with anecdotes and revealing stories. As a member of the Guild of Battlefield Tour Guides, John assists the War Research Society with the Centenary Commemorative Tours in Belgium and France. His many lectures include WW2 Code-Breaking activities, Alan Turing, Winston Churchill, Women at War, Spies and Espionage and Ian Fleming.

Tony Coutts-Britton
Battlefield Guide & Historian
First & Second World Wars
Coming from: Westbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Anthony is an experienced battlefield guide and military history lecturer, specialising in the World Wars and the Napoleonic period. His other interest areas encompass the English Civil War, the Roman Army and Political and Social History of the United Kingdom. He served in the Army, commanding a battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and in senior staff posts. His lecture subjects continue to grow and he is regularly engaged as a dinner speaker and cruise ship lecturer on a wide variety of subjects. He is an elected Fellow of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Aldon Ferguson
Military Aviation Historian & Russia Expert
FRICS, MRAeS
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Aldon was brought up in the North West of England developing a strong interest in aviation. After a period in the RAF he graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialised in commercial property in London and then set up the first property company in post-Communist Russia. Initially opening in Moscow and quickly expanding into St Petersburg and Kiev in Ukraine. Simultaneously, Aldon's love of all things aviation and related buildings led to him becoming one of the leading experts in RAF history.

Peter Grose
Australia World War 2 History
Coming from: Saint-Pierre D'Oleron,  Charente Maritime  France
Peter Grose began his working life as a journalist on the Sydney Daily Mirror, moved to London as a foreign correspondent for The Australian, switched to literary agency with Curtis Brown, first in Sydney then back in London, switched to book publishing with Martin Secker & Warburg in London, stayed as a publisher, first on his own and then with Australian Consolidated Press (UK), then started writing books. He still thinks of himself as a journalist. He makes no claim to be an academic historian but provides a series of talks on various historical subjects.

Peter Harrington
Military History & Archaeology
Coming from: Barrington,  Rhode Island  USA
Peter Harrington, a military historian and archaeologist, is Curator of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection in the John Hay Library at Brown University where he has worked for over 34 years. A native of Manchester, England, he studied at London, Edinburgh, Simmons College and Brown, and has lived and worked in the United States since 1981. His research over the past three decades has focused on artists and images of war, and for many years he taught a distance learning graduate course on the subject. Peter has been a guest speaker on many alumni trips and cruises, and presents frequent talks at conferences and meetings.

Ivar Hellberg OBE
Nordic & Viking Specialist
MPhil, FRGS, FRUSI
Coming from: Wembury,  Devon  UK
Ivar has Norwegian blood in his viens and has spent long periods of time in the country of his fathers, climbing and skiing as well as participating in winter deployment training when he was in the Royal Marines. He left the Armed Forces in 1998 after serving many years in operational service in South East Asia and the Middle East. Ivar was instrumental in setting up the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University where he lectures in Risk and Security Management, corporate security and military history.

Bart Howard
Military & Naval Historian
US and European Military and Naval History
Coming from: FPO,  Armed Forces Europe, Middle East  Italy
Colonel (Retired) Bart Howard is a retired US Army officer, historian and expert on strategic leadership. He holds a Bachelor’s from Santa Clara University, a Master of Military Studies from American Military University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He has lectured on leadership and history at the Institute for International Strategic Studies, Cornell University, Santa Clara University and the Air Force Academy. Bart's presentations bring to life the fascinating history of the region and allow his fellow passengers to better understand the strategic decisions of famous military and political leaders.

Robert Kershaw
Military Historian & Author
Coming from: Salisbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Born in 1950 and a graduate of Reading University, Robert Kershaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973. He served numerous regimental appointments until commanding the 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (10 PARA). He speaks fluent German and has extensive experience with NATO, multinational operations and all aspects of operations and training. When he left the Army in 2006 he became a full-time author of military history and battlefield tour guide, and lecturer.

David Kingrea
Destination Historian
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Marietta,  Georgia  USA
As an experienced ship destination lecturer and historian, Dave draws on a rich background including teaching, engineering, military service, corporate business and consulting. Dave weaves stories about history from his travel insights, research, experiences and knowledge. History is not just about dates and facts but about people, relationships and life stories. Dave tells their stories with a unique style blending travel experiences to over 130 countries, creative narratives, humor, and engaging trivia (he was even a four time champion on the TV program ”Jeopardy”).

Andrew Lambert
Military & Aviation Historian
Air Commodore, MPhil
Coming from: Lapford,  Devon  UK
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert flew Phantoms and went on to run the RAF's "Top Gun"ť school. A planner for the 1991 Gulf War, he then commanded a Tornado fighter squadron on operations over Bosnia. As an Air Commodore he commanded in the Falklands and the Iraqi Northern No Fly Zone. A Military Historian, he has also published a number of papers on the Psychological Impact of Air Power and Coercion and British Defence Policy.

Joseph Micallef
Age of Exploration, Military and Maritime History
Published Author, Fox News and CNN Commentator, Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Tualatin,  Oregon  USA
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a number of books. He has an M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Joseph has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues, and also frequently speaks on the history of food, wine and spirits. He is fluent in Italian and English.

Bruce Petty
Military History
WWII IN THE PACIFIC
Coming from: New Plymouth,  Taranaki  NZ
Bruce Petty was born and grew up in Long Beach, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves at Alameda Naval Air Station in 1962, while still in high school. After graduation from high school, he served two years aboard USS Yorktown, CVS-10, as an aviation ordnanceman, and is a Vietnam War veteran. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a degree in history. In 1995, he moved to Saipan in the Mariana Islands, returning to California in 2000. Bruce is an accomplished author and now lives in New Zealand. Bruce is a regular speaker on cruise ships.

Commander Jeff Roberts
Enrichment & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Gosport,  Hampshire  UK
Jeff graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology and Geography from the University of Wales before being commisioned into the Royal Navy. He then gained added qualifications in Meteorology and Oceanography and during his career was promoted to Commander. Following his service he joined a Building Society as Head of Training and Development and then as as a Freelance Presenter and Consultant. Jeff is an experienced destination lecturer and he also has talks on global warming and military history.

Professor Geoffrey Roberts
Soviet & Military Historian
PhD, MIlitary/Russian/Soviet/International History
Coming from: Kilbrittain,  Cork  Ireland
Professor Geoffrey Roberts is the award-winning author of Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov (2012) - winner of the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award for Biography. An expert on Soviet and Military History, Geoffrey is Head of the School of History at University College Cork, Ireland. He has extensive experience as a public lecturer, media commentator and contributor to popular history magazines. He has many radio and TV appearances to his credit.
In his spare time Geoffrey plays and teaches Bridge.

Andrew Robertshaw
Military & Social History
BA, MA, FSA Military and Social History
Coming from: Faversham,  Kent  UK
Andrew Robertshaw is a freelance military historian, author and broadcaster who has specialised in the study of the two world wars. He was previously a Museum Director at The Royal Logistic Corps Museum, and before that Head of Education at the National Army Museum in London. Andrew has written fourteen military history books. He is a consultant for television, specifically military history and archaeology and many of these programmes are featured on The History Channel. His largest movie project to date is ‘War Horse’ for Steven Spielberg.

Philip Sanders CBE
Military & European Historian
Coming from: Taunton,  Somerset  UK
After training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Philip served 30 years in the British Army retiring in 1993 in the rank of brigadier. He commanded the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, the British Army of the Rhine’s reconnaissance forces, the tri-national Berlin Relief Force and was a director of operations at the British Joint Force Headquarters during the 1st Gulf War. He attended the Army Staff College as both a student and instructor and graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was awarded the CBE in 1986. As a guest speaker he gives talks on military and modern European history.

Roy Short
Hollywood and Genealogy
Coming from: Brentwood,  California  USA
Roy Short is a retired Senior Manager of Deloitte Consulting who has spent the past thirty years studying and teaching genealogy. Upon retirement from corporate consulting he launched "Short On Time", a Professional Genealogy practice and has conducted seminars and workshops on a wide range of family search topics. Since then, his passion for motion pictures has prompted him to create a portfolio of "Tribute" modules which explore and explain different aspects of movie making, stars and genres. He now spends most of his time entertaining and educating cruise passengers in both Hollywood and Genealogy.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
OBE
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Bill Simpson served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years. Responsible for air transport operations in Northern Ireland, he was awarded an MBE in 1979. He then commanded two RAF Stations, receiving an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 1988. Bill's acclaimed biography ‘The Prince’ was published by HarperCollins in 2006 and he now writes historical novels. Bill is an experienced enrichment and destination speaker having completed 30 cruises over 5 years and he has employed his passion for - and comprehensive knowledge of - military & aviation history to great effect. In March 2017, Bill was selected to join Viking Ocean as a Resident Historian.

Peter Sweeney
Military Historian & Battlefield Tour Guide
Coming from: Lawson,  NSW  Australia
Lt Col Peter Sweeney RFD is a retired Australian Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry Corps), military historian, battlefield tour guide and noted speaker on Australian military history. He is currently studying a Master’s degree in Military History at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Peter has made some one hundred and fifty presentations on significant Australian WWI & WWII battles to a variety of community groups in Australia and is a regular guest speaker on cruise ships.

Michael Taylor
Stock Trader, Investor & Historian
BA, MA, MSc
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Durham  UK
Michael Taylor is a successful full time private investor, having achieved triple digit compounded portfolio returns for each of the last three years. Currently he is seeking to analyse previously unseen primary material on the life of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. He has been invited to speak in front of investment clubs, and delivered the results of a commissioned research paper on populism and the socio-economic effects on the European Union to leading academics and industry experts. Michael expects to publish his book on investing with Harriman-House in Q4 2018.

William Thayer
History, Science/Technology & World Affairs
Coming from: San Diego,  California  USA
William Thayer received his BS in Math from Stanford, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from USC and an MBA from USC. He has spent 30 years in the aerospace industry in aircraft, missiles and spacecraft and 10 years in real estate/finance. Although he has a technical/financial background, history has always been his passion. He enjoys lecturing on great human accomplishments and great historical events. William enhances his historical experience by actually traveling to where history happened. He has visited all 7 continents, over 60 countries and been around the world 3 times.

Dr Charles Urbanowicz
Anthropology
Polynesian Society
Coming from: Chico,  California  USA
Charlie Urbanowicz has traveled in the Pacific since 1970. In 1972, after research in the Kingdom of Tonga, he received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota. In 1973 Charlie joined the Anthropology faculty at California State University, Chico, and retired in 2009. Since 2004 Charlie has lectured on numerous cruises throughout Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. His presentations cover a variety of subjects on the peoples and cultures of the Pacific as well as World War II in the Pacific.

Flint Whitlock
Military Historian and Author
Coming from: Denver,  Colorado  USA
Flint Whitlock graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964 with a degree in art, but has always been as much a writer as an artist. His love for military history began at an early age. Wanting to serve his country, Flint was commissioned a 2nd Lt. through ROTC and served in Germany and Vietnam before retiring in 1970. He has authored 13 books (mostly on WWII), lectured on Viking, and guided WWII battlefield tours for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and other tour operators.

Paul Whittle
Travel, Military History & Railways
Former Banker and TA Officer
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Paul served 34 years as a Major in Royal Signals TA and his first book, the history of his regiment, was published in 2002. His interest in military affairs is wide-ranging. He is Vice Chairman, Darjeeling Railway Society and was a keynote speaker at India’s first conference on steam heritage tourism. He has visited over 50 countries and his travelogues often include unusual/exciting rail travel e.g. Siberia, Burma and are enjoyed for their mix of history, culture and people – imagine Michael Portillo but minus pastel jackets!

Professor Jon A. Wiant
World Affairs, Intelligence & Military History
SES (Ret.), Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies
Coming from: Falls Church,  Virginia  USA
Jon Wiant is an authority on the intelligence and international affairs. His career spanned the Cold War and the global national security challenges that followed. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and the NSC Director for Intelligence Policy as well as senior positions at CIA and Defense. In retirement, this recipient of the Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal has taught at Washington universities. Cruise passengers will be intrigued by his talks on intelligence and international affairs.