Richard Brooks is a freelance military historian. His most recent book was The Royal Marines - 1664 to the Present (Constable 2002), which won an award from the Royal Marines Historical Society. He has also written The Long Arm of the Empire: Naval Brigades from the Crimea to the Boxer Rebellion (Constable 1999), a study of the Royal Navy's part in small wars of the Victorian period, and the first biography of the founder of Jane's Fighting Ships: Fred T Jane: An Eccentric Visionary (Jane's Information Group 1997). He was Consultant Editor of the Times History of War (Harper Collins Publishers 2000). Richard Brooks was born in Kent, in 1949, and read Modern History at St Edmund Hall Oxford and International Relations at Southampton University. He lives in Southsea with his wife, two daughters and several thousand toy soldiers.