Clem Maginniss was born in Coventry and educated at Ratcliffe College Leicester and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, being awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Modern European History and International Relations in 1978 from the University of Warwick. He served for 42 years in the Regular Army, the Territorial Army and the Army Reserve, first in the Royal Corps of Transport and then the Royal Logistic Corps. A graduate of the Army Staff College Camberley, he has written extensively for the British Army Review and the Royal Logistic Corps Journal on logistic history, doctrine, operations and equipment. A Great Feat of Improvisation is his second book. His interests are Great and Second World War military and naval logistics, underwater exploration, ship-wreck research, defence archaeology, railway heritage, keeping fit and a range of outdoor pursuits. He lives in Norfolk with his wife Edwina.