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Charles Whiting (December 18, 1926 – July 24, 2007), was a British writer and military historian and with some 350 books of fiction and non-fiction to his credit, under his own name and a variety of pseudonyms including Duncan Harding, John Kerrigan, Klaus Konrad and Leo Kessler.

Born in the Bootham area of York, England, he was a pupil at the prestigious Nunthorpe Grammar School, leaving at the age of 16 to join the British Army by lying about his age. Keen to be in on the wartime action, Whiting was attached to the 52nd Reconnaissance Regiment and by the age of 18 saw duty as a sergeant in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany in the latter stages of World War II. While still a soldier, he observed conflicts between the highest-ranking British and American generals which he would write about extensively in later years.

After the war, he stayed on in Germany completing his A-levels via correspondence course and teaching English before being enrolled at Leeds University reading History and German Language. As an undergraduate he was afforded opportunities for study at several European universities and, after gaining his degree, would go on to become an assistant professor of history. Elsewhere, Whiting held a variety of jobs which included working as a translator for a German chemical factory and spells as a publicist, a correspondent for The Times and feature writer for such diverse magazines as International Review of Linguistics, Soldier and Playboy.

His first novel The Frat Wagon, written while still an undergraduate, was published by Jonathan Cape in 1954 and by 1958 had been followed by three wartime thrillers, Lest I Fall (which was optioned by Rank but never filmed), Journey to No End and The Mighty Fallen. The first of these thrillers was awarded the George Dowty Prize at the 1956 Cheltenham Literature Festival which financed Whiting's study tour in North America and led on to a contract with Maryland University which at that time was providing degree courses for US military officers stationed in Europe. Whiting became a touring academic living in Spain, France, Germany, Turkey and Italy while teaching military history and strategy to the US Army. It was while doing this that he would meet his first wife, Irma, whose father had suffered persecution in Hamburg for his opposition to the Nazis, and eventually the couple settled in a remote Belgian village.

It was while living there that Whiting's writerly muse began to pour forth novels and non-fiction at an unprecedented rate, initially overwhelming his publishers.Between 1970 and 1976 in a prolific burst he wrote a total of 34 books which he described as "Bang-bang, thrills-and-spills".In dealing with his work rate, publishers would successfully develop a number of different markets for his output, publishing his work under his own name as well as the names Duncan Harding, John Kerrigan, and Klaus Konrad and, at the suggestion of publisher Anthony Cheetham, his most successful nom de plume, Leo Kessler whose annual sales would reach 60,000 copies during the 1980s.From 1976, he was a full-time author and would average some six novels a year for the rest of his life.

In addition to writing his novels, his weekly educational columns and dealing with his lecturing commitments, he also established a language centre in the German city of Trier and a European studies department at Bradford.He was also a prolific and popular military historian, who developed a niche market for writing about the Second World War from the point of view of the experiences of regular soldiers rather than the military strategists and generals.

One of his most famous books of non-fiction is York Blitz (also published as Fire Over York) about the German bombing of York in April 1942 while his most controversial is Hemingway Goes To War, about the (mis)adventures of the writer Ernest Hemingway during World War II.The latter is being republished in 2008 by Humdrumming Ltd which is also republishing some early Leo Kessler titles, kicking off with Fire Over Kabul (now available), his final title under the Kessler name: Desperate Glory, as well as his very first novel: The Frat Wagon.Some early Duncan Harding titles are now available from GH Smith & Sons of York.
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Total Books: 275
The Other Battle of the Bulge Operation Northwind
2008 - The Other Battle of the Bulge Operation Northwind [The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862273993
ISBN-10: 1862273995
Genre: History
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Patton's Last Battle
2008 - Patton's Last Battle [The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862274006
ISBN-10: 1862274002
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Bounce the Rhine
2008 - Bounce the Rhine [The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862274013
ISBN-10: 1862274010
Genre: History
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Paths of Death and Glory The Last Days of the Third Reich
2008 - Paths of Death and Glory the Last Days of the Third Reich [The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862274020
ISBN-10: 1862274029
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The British Liberation Army 1944-45
2008 - The British Liberation Army 1944-45 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781862274402
ISBN-10: 1862274401
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Decision at St Vith
2008 - Decision at St VIth [The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862273986
ISBN-10: 1862273987
Genre: History
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The Frat Wagon
2008 - The Frat Wagon (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781842626085
ISBN-10: 1842626086
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Double Cross
2008 - Double Cross (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842625705
ISBN-10: 1842625705
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T-Force The Last Mission
2007 - T-force the Last Mission (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842625712
ISBN-10: 1842625713
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Passage To Petrograd
2007 - Passage to Petrograd [Ulverscroft Large Print Series] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750528092
ISBN-10: 0750528095
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Ardennes The Secret War
2007 - Ardennes the Secret War [The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862273979
ISBN-10: 1862273979
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Bloody Aachen
2007 - Bloody Aachen [Siegfried Line 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781862273955
ISBN-10: 1862273952
Genre: History
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The Battle of Hurtgen Forest
2007 - The Battle of Hurtgen Forest [Siegfried Line 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862273962
ISBN-10: 1862273960
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Poor Bloody Infantry
2007 - Poor Bloody Infantry (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862273771
ISBN-10: 1862273774
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'44 In Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes
2007 - '44 in Combat From Normandy to the Ardennes (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781862273948
ISBN-10: 1862273944
Genre: History
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Bugles at Dawn
2007 - Bugles at Dawn (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750526715
ISBN-10: 0750526718
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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West Wall The Battle for Hitler's Siegfried Line
2007 - West Wall the Battle for Hitler's Siegfried Line [Siegfried Line 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781862273931
ISBN-10: 1862273936
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From the Vale to the Veldt The Yorkshire Market Town of Easingwold and Its Contribution to the Boer War
Wolf Hunt
2006 - Wolf Hunt [Dales Mystery] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781842624340
ISBN-10: 1842624342
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Yorkshire Fights Back The Story of Fighting Yorkshire at Home and Abroad in WWII
2005 - Yorkshire Fights Back the Story of Fighting Yorkshire at Home and Abroad in Wwii [Yorkshire at War] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780904775631
ISBN-10: 0904775631
Genre: History
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Operation Werewolf
2005 - Operation Werewolf [Ulverscroft Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750523783
ISBN-10: 0750523786
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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2004 - Operation Afrika [Dales Mystery] (Paperback)Paperback
2003 - Paths of Death Glory the Last Days of the Third Reich [The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series] (Hardcover)
2000 - 44 in Combat From Normandy to the Ardennes [West Wall Series - Charles Whiting ""West Wall"" Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1999 - West Wall the Battle for Hitlers Siegfri [Spellmount Siegfried Line] (Hardcover)
1996 - Death Trap [Adventures of Common Smith, V. C.] (Hardcover)
1996 - Japanese Princess -op/026 [Adventures of Common Smith V.C.] (Other)Hardcover
1982 - The Home Front Germany [World War II Series] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
1970 - Patton [Ballantine's illustrated history of World War II. War leader book] (Other)Paperback
Battle of the Ruhr Pocket [Ballantine's illustrated history of the violent century. Battle book no. 21] (Paperback)Paperback
Bradley [Ballantine's illustrated history of the violent century. War leader book] (Paperback)
Skorzeny [Ballantine's illustrated history of the violent century. War leader book no. 11] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Hell's Angels [Common Smith V.C. Adventures] (Hardcover)
Ss Kommando [Pen & Sword Military Books] (Paperback)