Gordon Williamson (writer)

Gordon Williamson (born 1951) is a British military historian.[1][2] Williamson spent seven years with the Military Police in the British Territorial Army and, as of 2016, resides in Scotland. Williamson has written more than 40 books and other publications.[3] His works have focused on topics ranging from U-boats,[4] military insignia,[5] flying aces, the Waffen-SS, and special forces. Williamson has authored over 20 books on the Waffen-SS and the Wehrmacht.[6] S. P. MacKenzie has characterized Willamson's treatment of the Waffen-SS as somewhat skeptical but still rehabilitory in nature, noting that he was one of the British historians in the 1990s who wanted "to restore the tarnished reputation [of the Waffen-SS] and reiterate its superb fighting qualities" by relying on veterans' narratives.[2]

Gordon Williamson
Born1951 (age 68–69)
Known forMilitary history

Selected worksEdit

  • E-BOAT vs. MTB: The English Channel 1941-45[7]
  • German Commanders of World War II (2): Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Navy
  • Knight's Cross with Diamonds Recipients: 1941-45
  • Grey Wolf: U-Boat Crewman of World War II
  • The Iron Cross [1]
  • Osprey Men-at-Arms 434, World War II German Police Units
  • Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-45
  • Loyalty Is My Honor: Waffen-SS Soldiers Talking
  • The SS: Hitler's Instrument of Terror[8]
  • Waffen-SS Handbook
  • World War II German Battle Insignia
  • Torpedo Los!: The Fascinating World of U-boat Collectibles


  1. ^ a b Dear, Paul. "Book Review : Salute to the Honored Military Decoration". Los Angeles Times, August 08, 1985.
  2. ^ a b MacKenzie 1997, p. 140.
  3. ^ WorldCat 2016.
  4. ^ Richard Snow (4 May 2010). A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II. Simon and Schuster. pp. 328–. ISBN 978-1-4165-9507-6.
  5. ^ Jak P. Mallmann Showell (2006). The U-boat Century: German Submarine Warfare, 1906-2006. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-892-0.
  6. ^ WorldCat2 2016.
  7. ^ "Book review – E-Boat vs. MTB: The English Channel 1941-45". National Historical Foundation.
  8. ^ Williamson, Gordon. The SS: Hitler's Instrument of Terror. Osceola, Wis: Motorbooks International, 1994. ISBN 0879389052