Born in 1953, Nigel McCrery served in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary between 1978 and 1987. He then read History at Trinity College, Cambridge and joined the BBC graduate entry course. He has written or been responsible for a number of highly successful BBC series and films including Silent Witness, New Tricks and All The King's Men. Norman Franks is a respected historian and author. Previous titles for Pen and Sword include In the Footsteps of the Red Baron, The Fighting Cocks, RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma and Dogfight. Franks has published some of the most compelling works on First World War fighter aviation, being one of the world's leading authorities on the subject. In total, he has authored (or co-authored) over 100 publications.