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Peter Batty was born on the 18th of June 1931, in Sunderland, England. First, he studied a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Queens’ College, University of Cambridge before earning his Master of Arts at the University of Oxford. Batty’s career began as a feature writer for The Financial Times in 1954 before he become a freelance journalist in the United States just two years later.

From 1958 to 1963, Batty served as a producer for the BBC before he was appointed editor for the BBC’s Tonight Programme. A year later, in 1964, Batty then earnt the position of “Executive Producer” and “Associate Head of Factual Programming” on ATV London. After a spell with ITV, he set up his own production company to produce, direct and script for film and TV.

Subsequently, from 1968, Batty settled as CEO of Peter Batty Productions, remaining in that role ever since. Batty had also produced and scripted 6 episodes of the internationally praised TV series The World at War. Most of his independent productions were shown in the USA, chiefly his 5-part series on the American Civil War. Batty tilted this The Divided Union, to which it was distributed via home-video in Reader’s Digest.

Nevertheless, aside from his remarkable career history, Batty is also known for his esteemed body of work and the awards he has achieved. Regarding his books, his body of work most notably includes The House of Krupp: The Steel Dynasty that Armed the Nazis, The Divided Union: The Story of the Great American War, 1861-65 and Hoodwinking Churchill: Tito’s Great Confidence Trick. Additionally, he has earnt several awards for his contributions to TV. These awards including a Grand Prix at the Venice Film Festival, Silver Dove from the Leipzig Film Festival for his Fall and Rise of the House of Krupp. Likewise, he produced and scripted for BBC TV two documentaries on Tito. The Daily Mail remarked on Tito as ‘fascinating’, The Sunday Telegraph ‘excellent’ and The Sunday Times ‘a damning investigation into the political dealings of the Yugoslav Partisan leader’.


“A real eye-opener, a real contribution to our understanding of WWII in the Balkans, and a really good read as well. I must congratulate you on an impressive scholarly achievement.”
Sir Antony Jay

“Did Tito and his partisans deserve all our support, to the exclusion of other resistance fighters? Churchill, misled by viciously biased leftist advisers, concluded he did, and gave it in full. This minutely researched and closely argued tour-de-force of revisionist history clearly demonstrates how wrong Churchill was.”
Sir Jeremy Isaacs

“Batty’s work is provocative and timely, especially as Yugoslav successor states currently grapple with their histories and, especially Serbia, with Mihailovic’s legacy.”
The Historian

“The research and referencing for the book is impressive and for any student of the period it will provide a valuable bibliography. A recommended read for any student of WWII and the Cold War.”
Freedom Today

“This is a long overdue expo of one of Churchill’s darkest secrets – and biggest mistakes – of the Second World War. Peter Batty is a highly respected documentary film-maker … he has an incredible insight into the truth of this sorry tale of deception and blundering. It’s a gripping read too and I highly recommend it to all readers.

“Peter Batty’s absorbing book, based on scrupulous and wide-ranging research, is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the dismemberment of former Yugoslavia by the Germans and Italians during the 2nd World War and its temporary reunification under Tito’s brutal dictatorship. It convincingly challenges the myth, still not completely extinct, which credited the Croat/Slovene Communist Tito and his Partisans with providing the key resistance to the German occupation.”
5-Star review on Amazon