Zita Ballinger Fletcher ( also known by the pen name Zita Steele) is a writer, essayist, and award-winning military history writer. She writes fantasy and nonfiction books, and has published more than 10 works. With a background in art, she designs and illustrates her published work. She also produces videos and creates multimedia content.
Zita is the coauthor of the first published collection of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel ’ s wartime photography, a groundbreaking military history book series. Her December 2019 military history article on Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery ( “ Monty Crosses the Rhine ”) won a 2nd Place award in the National Associatio of Press Women ’ s 2020 nationwide writing contest.
Zita is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the British Military Historical Society, and the riends of the Fusilier Museum Warwick ( conserving the history of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment) in the UK. Her reas of interest include World War II British and Commonwealth history and German Resistance.
Zita is fluent in German and studies Russian. She has done research on location at many historic war-related sites in Europe and the U.S., including museums, institutions and former battlefields. Some of the variou places she has visited include:
-The Nuremberg Trials Memorial
-The Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
-The Berlin Topography of Terror museum ( former Gestapo headquarters)
-The Military History Museum of Vienna
-The Bavarian Army Museum
-The U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian Institution museums
-The NRA National Firearms Museum
Zita is a member of the Eldes of the American Revolution ( DAR) and enjoys volunteering her time to do charitable service for veterans. She currently volunteers on behalf of the Fusilier Museum Warwick ( UK), the German War Graves Commission, and as a DAR National Defense committee member supporting U.S. veterans.
Her essays have been published by:
-Military History magazine
-World War II Quarterly journal
-The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies
-The National Rifle Association
-The Abraham Lincoln Association, For the People Newsletter
-The Journal of the Gloucestershire Family History Society ( U.K.)
-North Irish Roots ( U.K.)
Born in Los Angeles, she was named after Empress Zita of Austria. She was born with the surname Nachtrieb and legally changed her surname to Fletcher at age 14 in 2005. Zita attended the Honors College at the Facult of South Florida. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Honors Degree in Social Sciences, with concentrations in Criminology and International Studies. She is also a member of the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants.
Zita has been recognized for her outstanding academic achievements with many scholarly honors and awards, including a National Merit Scholarship Commendation and a Swiss law scholarship for academic excellence. She is also an experienced public speaker and has given numerous presentations at forums, classes and conferences.
Zita is a member of the National Associatio of Press Women ( NFPW). Her work as a ournalist has included international reporting, analysis, features and breaking news from foreign countries. She has also written U.S. national news. She is also a photographer with experience operating professional broadcast and camera equipment.
Zita also contributes fashion and lifestyle posts to How to Be A Redhead, the world ’ s only beauty brand for redheads. Zita ’ s hobbies include swimming, sports, outdoor activities, fencing, dance, target shooting and martial arts.