ASHER PIRT FRGS

I have expertise in researching those who served in the British Army during the Second World War. I have compiled numerous profiles of men and women who had war service. Various publications on Phantom, the Special Air Service, other wartime UKSF such as LRDG & Special Operations Executive, the West Somerset Yeomanry, and the Artists Rifles. I have recently had an article published on the role of women in the SAS Brigade in the Bulletin of Military Historical Society.

My significant area of research has been into the Information and Liaison Organisation with its own Secure Communications known as GHQ Liaison Regiment (Phantom). My first article on the subject appeared in Medal News back in January 2010. I continue to research the personnel which resulted in an early publication of a nominal roll. Moreover, I have a keen interest in the role of Phantom at different levels during the Second World War. My interest in the reconstitution of the TA in 1947 has led me to research Phantom in the new Order of Battle. Finally, I have researched in various archives about its special communications equipment, vehicles and information about how Phantom achieved its goals.

At Kent University at Canterbury, I studied Russian and Eastern European Politics which involved numerous trips to countries such as Moldova, Latvia and Russia. I gained a distinction for my undergraduate dissertation which was based on independent travel to Transdniestria Moldovan Republic in 2002. After graduating from Kent, I completed an MA at UCL-SSEES in Russian Studies. My dissertation examined Moscow’s responses to coloured revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

As an OSCE ODIHR Election Observer, I have had the privilege to observe National Elections in the Balkans, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Russia. While doing A-Levels I joined the Territorial Army and was fortunate to travel to Kenya, Northern Ireland, Kazakhstan, Germany, France, and Poland. I am proud that I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2014 as a result of my interests in international affairs.

Armed Forces Day is about celebrating the entire UK Armed Forces community. 🇬🇧

Every sailor, soldier and aviator.

Every veteran.

Every cadet.

Every family member.

Who has played a part in protecting our nation, and our allies. 🌍

We salute you this #ArmedForcesDay.

Command Centre: The interior of Mountbatten’s caravan from his time in Far East – foreground: sitting area, office/desk; through door bedroom; far end – bathroom/WC. On display at ⁦@ChalkeFestival⁩ this week.

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