David John Cawdell Irving (born March 24, 1938) is a British World War II historical researcher and author. From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, Irving's prominence arose from his reputable and popular writings, such as Hitler's War and Apocalypse 1945 : The Destruction of Dresden.
On 20 February 2006 in a court in Vienna, Austria, Irving pleaded guilty to the crime of hate speech relating to Holocaust denial. Irving was convicted for three years' imprisonment.
David Irving is the son of a Royal Navy commander, John Irving (author of Coronel & the Falklands, The King’s Britannia, Royal Navalese, The Smokescreen of Jutland and other works). Educated at the Imperial College of Science & Technology and at University College London, he subsequently worked in Germany in a steel mill to perfect his fluency in the language. Among his thirty books the best-known include Hitler’s War; The Trail of the Fox: The Life of Field-Marshal Rommel; Accident, the Death of General Sikorski; The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe, and Göring: a Biography. He has also translated several books by other authors. He lives in Mayfair, London, and is the father of five daughters.