Allan Mallinson is a serving cavalry officer. He originally trained for the Anglican priesthood, but joined the army in 1969 and served with the infantry in Malaya, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. He subsequently commanded the 13th/18th Royal Hussars in Cyprus and Norway, and has since worked in the Ministry of Defence and for the Foreign Office. He is the author of Light Dragoons, a history of British cavalry, and a regular reviewer for the Spectator. Allan Mallinson is currently studying at the Italian Higher Defence Institute prior to appointment as military attache in Rome. He is the author of A Close Run Thing, The Nizam's Daughters, A Regimental Affair and A Call to Arms, featuring Matthew Hervey of the Light Dragoons.