Garth Pratten is a senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst who has previously worked for both the Australian Army and the Australian War Memorial, and also taught history at Deakin University. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Deakin University, and received his PhD from the latter in 2006. Dr Pratten has also been a member of the Australian Army reserve for seventeen years. He has served, as both a soldier and officer, in a variety of units, and is currently serving on exchange with 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. The grandson of a veteran of the siege of Tobruk, Dr Pratten's principal historical interest is the Australian experience of the Second World War, with a particular focus on the conduct of military operations. In 1995, Dr Pratten edited Still the Same: Reflections on Active Service from Bardia to Baidoa. He has also contributed to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian Defence: Sources and Statistics, two volumes of the official history of Australian ground operations in Vietnam, and the upcoming official history of Australian peacekeeping and post-Cold War operations. Dr Pratten is an intrepid explorer of the battlefields on which Australians have fought and has visited such in Crete, Egypt, Gallipoli, Libya, Singapore and Malaysia. The insights gained have partly informed this book. Dr Pratten has also explored the sites of former prisoner of war camps in Thailand, and former Australian bases and training areas in Great Britain. In April 2006, Dr Pratten was awarded the Australian Army's C. E. W. Bean Prize for Military History.