Sir Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927. He joined the British Army in 1945 and served in Palestine, Malaya, Borneo, the Canal Zone, Cyprus, Singapore and Germany. He ended his distinguished military career as Chief of the General Staff in London and was an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage and the Struggle for the Mediterranean and The Peloponnesian War. He died in 2002.