Luke Daly-Groves

Luke Daly-Groves

WRoCAH PG Researcher

Summary: My PhD is entitled 'Fighting over Nazis? Anglo-American Intelligence Rivalry in Occupied Germany 1945-1955' and is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and the AHRC.

Location: Michael Sadler Building


My historical interests are wide ranging (from Ancient Rome to the Second World War) as I, in the spirit of both Ian Kershaw and Hugh Trevor-Roper’s philosophy seek to investigate numerous topics and to answer important historical questions and problems which seem worth solving as they arise. I obtained my BA (Hons) degree with First Class Honours from the University of Central Lancashire in 2015. My BA thesis used recently declassified MI5 files and other intelligence documents to explore the British investigations into Adolf Hitler’s death. In 2016 I obtained an MA in Modern History with Distinction from the University of Leeds. My MA thesis used nineteenth century newspapers, periodicals and other media to analyse how Victorian perceptions of Napoleon I affected perceptions of Napoleon III and vice versa. Throughout 2016-2020 I will be conducting my PhD research at the University of Leeds. My PhD focuses on Anglo-American intelligence rivalry in occupied Germany. My supervisors are Professor Simon Ball and Dr. Elisabeth Leake. Much of my research can be read on my Research Gate and Academia online profiles see:

My Research:

My PhD thesis analyses the extent of Anglo-American intelligence rivalry in occupied Germany, the forms it took and its consequences. Building on the original contribution to history provided in my BA dissertation, one of the consequences I am investigating is how intelligence rivalry influenced the growth of popular conspiracy theories concerning the escape and post-war survival of leading Nazis such as Adolf Hitler and Martin Bormann. Despite emphasis by historians such as Stephen Dorril on occupied Germany being a centre for Anglo-American intelligence rivalry and, according to Ian Saying and Douglas Botting, the Cold War ‘front line’ between 1945-1950, the historiography lacks a comprehensive, primary source based account of Anglo-American intelligence rivalry in occupied Germany, leaving many questions unanswered. My research seeks to fill this gap in historical knowledge by analysing intelligence files in the British National Archives (TNA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in America. It also seeks to address the ‘hagiography’ in the historiography surrounding Anglo-American intelligence relations described by Richard J. Aldrich through analysing the often unflattering opinions of intelligence officers previously unknown to history. A key focus of my research is the British Intelligence Division (ID) in Occupied Germany. This organisation was larger than MI5 and MI6 combined and yet very little is known about its functions and activities.

Scholarships and Awards: 

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Doctoral Studentship 2016-2020.

Marion Sharples Prize for Best MA Dissertation 2016 (University of Leeds - School of History). 

University of Leeds School of History MA Postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2016. 

Sydney Lee Prize for History 2015 (University of Central Lancashire – School of Education and Social Science). 

Geoff Timmins Award 2013 (University of Central Lancashire – School of Education and Social Science).

John Griffiths History Award 2012 (Deyes High School Sixth Form College).