Bastiaan Willems is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Modern European History at University College London. He has studied in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Russia, and has conducted research in Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, and the United Kingdom. He completed his MSc "Second World War in Europe" (2012) and PhD in History (2017) at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Willems has published in English, German, and Russian peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Slavic Military Studies and the Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte.
His first monograph “Violence in Defeat: The Wehrmacht on German Soil, 1944-1945,” will be published with Cambridge University Press in February 2021. The work is a study into the impact and behaviour of the Wehrmacht on its own territory, and focuses on the German units fighting in East Prussia and its capital Königsberg. It shows that the Wehrmacht’s retreat into Germany, after three years of brutal fighting on the Eastern Front, contributed significantly to the spike of violence which occurred throughout the country immediately prior to defeat.