Carl Shilleto

Profile
Carl Shilleto has worked as a freelance military historian, photographer and author for over 16 years. During this time he has worked as a consultant and battlefield guide in areas such as Normandy in France; Arnhem, Nijmegen and Oosterbeek in Holland; and Salerno, Anzio and Monte Cassino in Italy.

In addition to research, writing and producing photographs for several of his own books on the Second World War, he has also written and photographed for magazines, newspapers and worked on many books for other historians.

Presently, Carl's research, writing, guiding and photography commitments are concentrated only on the battlefields of Normandy. This includes working on the Fallen Heroes of Normandy Project of which he is the founder and project coordinator (www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org).

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Author's Background
Carl Shilleto's inspiration for his career lies with his interest in military history since early childhood. Having grown-up during a period when many Second World War veterans were starting to recall their wartime experiences, he was particularly influenced by the wartime recollections of his grandparents. This prompted him to initially research and study the military careers of his family.
The author’s grandparents and uncles served in the British Army throughout 1930s in the Northumberland Fusiliers, East Yorkshire Regiment and West Yorkshire Regiment.

During the Second World War they saw active service in the Royal Scots, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Artillery, Royal Norfolk Regiment and Corps of Military Police. Between them they saw action in many theatres of War, from Northern France in 1940, to the beaches of Normandy, through Belgium and Holland in North-West Europe, to the deserts of North Africa, hills and mountains of Italy and Austria and in the heat and monsoon of the Far East.

All were wounded while on active service but all survived the war.

After both helping and working as a researcher, with several military historians, in particular the prolific military historian and writer Charles Whiting (aka Leo Kessler, Duncan Harding, John Kerrigan, K.N. Kostov, etc., etc.), Carl embarked upon his own writing, research and battlefield guiding career while preparing for and then studying for his University of Leeds degree in History and American Studies. 
 
The aim of Carl's work is simply to help contribute to the ever growing preservation of memories and actions, through respectful, careful and detailed research, of both those who fought and those who fell during the Second World War.

By doing so, it is hoped that this will help ensure that such information, and the memory of the sacrifices made by that generation, are preserved for posterity. 

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Author's Publications
(Click on book title or cover for link to further book information)

The 6th Airborne Division in Normandy 6th June 1944
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Carl Shilleto

Published July 2011
Pen & Sword Books Ltd. UK
ISBN: 978 184884 519 0 
Casemate, USA
ISBN: 978 184884 519 0
Paperback, 256 pages, 150+ photographs, 25+ maps & illustrations.

 

The 6th Airborne Division in Normandy 6th June 1944
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Carl Shilleto

Published July 2011
Pen & Sword Books Ltd. UK
ISBN: 978 18884 309 7 
Casemate, USA
ISBN: 978 18884 309 7

Paperback, 192 pages, 150+ photographs, 20+ maps & illustrations.

 

VII Corps, 82nd & 101st Airborne Division in Normandy
Carl Shilleto

Published 2001, reprinted 2006
Pen & Sword Books Ltd. UK
ISBN: 0 85052 736 8 
Casemate Publishing
ISBN: 9780850527360


Paperback, 176 pages, 150+ photographs & illustrations,  11 maps.

 
American, British and Canadain Airborne Forces
Carl Shilleto

Published 2004
Spellmount UK
ISBN: 1 86227 249 2 
ISBN: 978-1862272491


Hardcover, 200 pages, 30+ photographs & illustrations,  10 maps.

NOT IN PRINT



The 52nd (Lowland) Reconnaissance Regiment, North-West Europe 1944-45
Foreword by Sir James Stormonth-Darling
Introduction by Charles Whiting
Carl Shilleto

Published 2001
Eskdale Publishing UK
ISBN: 0-9538677-1-4
 
Hardback,  192 pages,  46 photographs & illustrations, 7 maps.


 

Guardian Book of the Week June 2000
Carl Shilleto & Mike Tolhurst
Published 2000, reprinted 2002 & 2004
Interlink Books USA
ISBN: 1-56656-341-0, 1-56656-441-7 & 1-56656-555-3 
Windrush, UK
ISBN: 1 900624 35 4
Arris, uk
ISBN: 1 84437 039 9 

Paperback,  191 pages,  65+ photographs & illustrations, 10 maps.


Carl Shilleto


Published 1999, reprinted 2002, 2005 & 2007
 
Leger Holidays, UK
ISBN: n/a

Paperback, 23 pages, 14 photographs & illustrations, 4 maps.

NOT IN PRINT
 

The 6th Airborne Division in Normandy 6th June 1944
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Carl Shilleto

Published 1999, reprinted 2001 & 2004
Pen & Sword Books Ltd. UK
ISBN: 0 85052 642 6 
Combined Publishing, USA
ISBN: 1-58097-010-9

Paperback, 208 pages, 150+ photographs & illustrations, 10 maps. NOT IN PRINT

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FALLEN HEROES OF NORMANDY The Commonwealth War Cemeteries:
Due for publication 2017/18. A record of the work undertaken by the Graves Registration Units, Grave Concentration Units and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in the Calvados department of Normandy, France. Detailed maps of the cemeteries and previously unpublished photographs proved the backdrop to amazing stories of some of the men who now rest in Normandy's Second World War CWGC cemeteries.

The author's royalties from this publication will be donated to the The Fallen Heroes of Normandy Project (www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org).

If there are any veterans or relatives of the fallen who would like to provide any information, photographs or details of actions that took place in Normandy during the summer of 1944 and relating to the fallen who now rest in these cemeteries, such information would be most gratefully received, and duly acknowledged.
Please forward details to fallenheroeswebsite@gmail.com
 
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Research Projects:
 
THE FALLEN HEROES OF NORMANDY PROJECT (www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org) The aim of this project is to compile a detailed archive of photographs and information of all military burials and all the war cemeteries, churchyards, communal cemeteries, isolated graves and memorials to the missing in Normandy, France.
 
The Fallen Heroes of Normandy archive database and website was officially launched on 5th June 2015 at the memorial Pegasus Museum in Normandy France. At the same time an exhibition was also opened at the museum to the fallen of the British 6th Airborne Division. Further details can be found at: http://www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org/Memorial-Pegasus-Museum-Exhibition-2015 
 
At the start of 2016 there were over 27,000 individual memorial pages online, each with a Book of Remembrance. By June, 2016 ,there were over 44,000 memorial pages added to the website.
 
Work has also now begun uploading the first batches photographs, maps and illustrations (from a still growing archive of 50,000 plus images) onto the website.
 
In 2017/18, work will begin on the creation and publication of FREE teacher information packs for schools, colleges and museums. Further details can be found at: http://www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org/Information-for-schools-and-Museums

A series of publications, to help fund the free-to-access project, will also be published and made available for sale from 2016.
 

Further details of the Fallen Heroes of Normandy Project and Carl's appeal for information and images can be found here.
 
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UTAH BEACH MEMORIALS Just beyond the sand dunes off UTAH Beach in Normandy and the memorial to the 1st Engineer Special Brigade Memorial,  their are 43 roads and lanes that have been named in honour of engineers of the 1st ESB who lost their lives during June 1944 in Normandy. Each road has one or two road marker memorials.

Carl is presently seeking further information about each of the individuals or units named on these memorials, to be included on the Fallen Heroes of Normandy Project website and the UTAH Beach Memorial website.

Please click on the image below for link to the UTAH Beach Memorial website

Further details of the type of information sought can be found here.

 
www.carlshilleto.co.uk was last updated February 2016