Lieutenant Colonel Dick Taylor is a well-known and much-published expert on the history of British tanks. His many books include volumes on the Challenger, Chieftain, Matilda and Valentine. He is a former tank commander and tank gunnery specialist. During a long career in the British army he served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. He is the official historian of the Royal Armoured Corps, has an avid interest in modern and military history and writes military history books for a hobby.