Professor Michael Foot CBE, the son of a soldier, was born in England in 1919. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, and joined the British Army on the outbreak of the Second World War.He started the war a member of the Royal Artillery, then went to France as a member of SAS (Special Air Service, of which he was the intelligence officer). In 1945 he was decorated for service with the French Resistance in Brittany.
After the war Foot taught at Oxford University for eight years before becoming Professor of Modern History at Manchester University. He was made a CBE in 2000. M.R.D.Foot died in 2012.