John Russell was educated at Sherborne School and and read for a BA in Geography, Modern History and Archaeology at Durham University. He was commissioned into The Queen’s Regiment in 1974 having attended RMA Sandhurst. His operational service career included Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Postings included Belize, Germany, Australia and The Netherlands. He attended the Army Staff College, was awarded the MBE in 1992 and commanded an infantry battalion from 1993-96. He retired in 2015. He has intensively researched the fighting of April 1945 and has run numerous battlefield tours for the British Army on the events described in the book. He belongs to a family with strong connections to the British armed forces: his grandfather was in the Royal Navy, his father in the Parachute Regiment and Royal Sussex Regiment, his older son served in The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, while his younger son is a doctor in the Reserve Army.
- Theirs the Strife : The Forgotten Battles of British Second Army and Armeegruppe Blumentritt, April 1945 Author