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Dr Andrew Bamford

Andrew Bamford was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Staffordshire. A long-standing interest in history saw him pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of York and then postgraduate studies with the Military History Department at the University of Leeds culminating in a PhD on the British Army’s regimental system during the Napoleonic Wars. A reworked version of his thesis was subsequently published by the University of Oklahoma Press’ ‘Campaigns and Commanders’ series under the title Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword. After leaving Leeds, Andrew worked for some years as a freelance historian, author, and researcher, producing a history of the 1813-1814 Netherlands campaign and a regimental study of the 12th Light Dragoons in the Napoleonic Wars, as well as two edited primary source collections. Amongst other projects he also carried out work for the regimental museum of the Sherwood Foresters and the computer wargames company John Tiller Software, as well as serving as a research assistant and co-writer to the current Lord Ironside on a biography of the latter’s father, the field marshal. In 2015 he joined Helion to set up and edit the ‘From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815’ series, which enabled him to pursue his interests in the history of the earlier part of the long eighteenth century. Within the series, he has written on the French involvement in the Jacobite Rising of 1745 as well as editing the memoirs of Napoleonic cavalry officer William Hay. Current research projects include Government forces in the ’45, and the British raids on France during the Seven Years War. As well as pursuing an academic interest in history, Andrew is also a keen re-enactor and a member of several groups recreating aspects of the history covered by his interests. His living history portrayals tend towards recreating aspects of the French army, on the grounds that if he is to spend his professional life reading and writing about redcoats then it can be quite therapeutic to go out and shoot a few on the weekend! He is also an active member of the Waterloo Association, and sits on the Council of the Society for Army Historical Research.




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