David Sutton Historian

David Sutton

Dr David Sutton began working as a historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial in 2017 having previously taught twentieth century history and politics, and world history in the early modern period at the University of Wollongong. His doctoral research focused on Operations Barbarossa and Typhoon in the Second World War, in particular, German Army Group Centre’s drive towards Moscow in 1941.

David conducts research into Australia’s involvement in the Second World War, researches and writes Last Post Ceremony biographies, and is on the editorial committee of Wartime. He is the historical adviser for the upcoming Australian War Memorial exhibition The courage for peace, which focuses on Australian peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

Key publications

“1941 and the National-Patriotic Revival in Russia”, The journal of Slavic military studies, vol. 32, no. 1 (2019), pp. 70–92.

“Terms of surrender: with the Third Reich about to fall, the terms of Nazi surrender became as much about politics as combat”, Wartime 87 (Winter 2019), pp. 42–47.

“More than mud and snow: accounts of Hitler’s failed invasion of the Soviet Union should not overlook the determination of the Soviet armies”, Wartime 86 (Autumn 2019), pp. 26–29.

“Coastal sacrifice: the number of Australian fatalities in Coastal Command during the Second World War is far higher than previously thought”, Wartime 85 (Summer 2019), pp. 58–60.

“The ‘obscene peace’ of 1918: eight months before the Armistice of November 1918, Germany struck a crucial deal with Russia”, Wartime 81 (Autumn 2018), pp. 28–33.

“Aussies in the Arctic: an RAAF squadron played a small but important role in the delicate diplomacy that held the Allies together in the Second World War”, Wartime 81 (Summer 2018), pp. 52–58.