Hugh McManners was a captain in 148 Commando Forward Observation Battery, serving with the Special Boat Squadron during the Falklands War. He joined the British Army in 1972 and in 1975 was sponsored by them to read Geography at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. He subsequently spent thirteen years with 3 Commando Brigade before leaving the army in 1989. He was then a television producer, and the Sunday Times' defence correspondent for five years. Hugh has written some fifteen books, on subjects ranging from travel, high altitude mountaineering, fighter pilots, the psychology of modern combat, special forces and survival outdoor activities. He lives in Oxford with his classical musician son William, working as an author, magazine publisher and rock musician.