The North Africa campaign of 1940-43 brought the British Army its first significant land victory, they then suffered a reversal in fortune between 1941 and 1942 and rallied in 1942 to 1943. For the 8th Army there followed another long struggle up the mountainous length of Italy in 1943-45.
Martin Brayley is a military photographer whose Royal Navy service has taken him all over the world. A long-time militaria collector, he has contributed many articles to specialist magazines and is the author of 'WWII British Women's Uniforms in Colour Photographs' (1995) and 'The World War II Tommy' (1998). An expert marksman, he has represented Great Britain at international level. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two children. Mike Chappell spent 22 years in infanty soldiering, retiring in 1974 as RSM of the 1st Bn., The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers). Since beginning to paint military subjects in 1968 Mike has gained world-wide popularity as a military illustrator, and has been a prolific artist and author for Osprey for well over 20 years. He currently lives and works in Kent