Professor Christopher Bellamy was born in 1955 and was educated at the universities of Oxford, London, Westminster and Edinburgh, and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Professor Bellamy began his career as an officer in the Royal Artillery, before pursuing an academic career in War Studies. He was Defence Correspondent of The Independent and the Independent on Sunday and reported widely on conflict and its consequences from Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, from Kurdistan, Rwanda, Chechnya, and Bosnia. He was shortlisted for Foreign Reporter of the Year at the 1996 British Press Awards for his work from Chechnya and Bosnia. He is the author of Red God of War, The Future of Land Warfare, The Times Atlas of the Second World War, The Evolution of Modern Land Warfare, Expert Witness and Knights in White Armour. Christopher Bellamy is now Professor of Military Science and Doctrine at Cranfield University.
His latest book, The Gurkhas, published by John Murray in 2011, explores the history of the elite troops of the East Indian Company from their origins in the hills of Nepal to the wars they fought for the Crown, from World War One to the Falklands to Afghanistan.