Bastiaan Willems is an Edinburgh-based independent historian. 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 monograph “Violence in Defeat: The Wehrmacht on German Soil, 1944-1945,” which will be published with Cambridge University Press in early 2021.  

Bastiaan Willems