About Me

About Me

I am an author and freelance writer of British military history, with a primary focus on the period 1700 to 1945. A secondary interest is the Holocaust and war crimes in general. I am also a graduate of the University of Central England and a post-graduate of the University of Portsmouth.

My first book, An Illustrated Introduction to the Battle of Waterloo, was published in May 2015 to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle. Since then I have written a number of other books, including: Pathan Rising: Jihad on the North West Frontier of India, 1897-1898; The Sirdar and the Khalifa: Kitchener’s Reconquest of Sudan, 1896-1898; Chitral 1895: An Episode of the Great Game; and The Lion and the Dragon: Britain’s Opium Wars with China, 1839-1860. Currently, I am working on a book about the British invasion of Egypt in 1882.

In addition to my books, I regularly contribute to a number of international history magazines. These include: History of War (UK); Military History Monthly (UK); The Armourer (UK)Who Do You Think You Are? (UK)Military History (US); and World War II Quarterly (US). I also act as a fact checker for History Revealed Magazine (UK).

As well as this web site/blog, I am the founder and administrator of the Napoleonic Wars Forum and the Victorian Wars Forum. Both were setup to provide online discussion places for anyone with a genuine interest in these fascinating periods of military history. Members of the forums come from all walks of life, such as academics, well-known authors, militaria collectors, family researchers, and those with just a passing interest.

Although I am usually busy writing, I am always happy to hear from publishers, magazine editors or TV production companies etc. If you would like to discuss a potential project please contact me via the contact form on this site.

I live in England.


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