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Deucey Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2020 9:59 a.m. PST

I have always loved reading his books.

But I can't find him online. Who is he? Does he still write? Is he even alive?

Huscarle18 Aug 2020 10:20 a.m. PST

He's on Linkedin and Osprey have a little information link

GurKhan18 Aug 2020 10:24 a.m. PST

He wrote a brief foreword to the re-issue of "Armies and Enemies of the Crusades" in 2019, and I suspect I would have heard if he's passed on. But I haven't seen any new books since 2011 or so.

I've never had online or even email contact with him.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2020 11:01 a.m. PST

Osprey's bit of info: "He's a highly respected author."


ChrisBrantley18 Aug 2020 12:22 p.m. PST

I believe this is his Linked-In page, although it only highlights his professional work as an author/editor and doesn't appear to be particularly active in terms of content.


Dennis18 Aug 2020 3:40 p.m. PST

I had an email exchange with him back in 2013, but nothing since then.

advocate19 Aug 2020 1:21 a.m. PST

He is The Man.

dapeters19 Aug 2020 1:56 p.m. PST

I think some of his works have copyright dates from the 70s

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Aug 2020 8:04 a.m. PST

I think some of his works have copyright dates from the 70s

Then he started early, when is birthday at Linkedin is correct.

Steamingdave225 Aug 2020 1:06 a.m. PST

1976 was the start of his professional experience, not his birthday. I have his early medieval book, author's note 1977, copyright 1978. He would have had to be very precocious to produce that.if born in 1976!

Basha Felika27 Aug 2020 11:58 a.m. PST

Still going strong, I think – must be late 60's I guess.

dapeters02 Sep 2020 7:45 a.m. PST

I look at the books that I have and there not any biographical information including the osprey titles. It seems he was a part of the Wargames Research Group and new Phil Barker. So my guess is that he is in his 7Os maybe older.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2020 2:30 p.m. PST

In addition to the very impactful WRG "Armies & Enemies" books, Ian Heath later (c.2000) wrote most of and illustrated all of the Wargames Foundry "Armies of the 19th Century" books on India, China, Central Asia, etc.

Back in 2013 he was kind enough to let me post his 1995 article on the 19th Century Afghan Regular Army on my blog, to make it accessible to a new audience of interested readers. I'd been a big fan of his writing and his artwork since buying his WRG "Armies of the Middle Ages" books in the early '80s, so emailing him back-&-forth and displaying that article on my blog was a high-point of my hobby life. He was a pleasure to deal with. I was last in touch with him in Spring 2017, but thanks to this thread I will send him an email to say hi and ask how he's doing.

If anyone's interested, here's a LINK to his 1995 article on the Afghan Regular Army of the 19th Century, complete with its excellent illustrations:


Deucey Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2020 3:23 a.m. PST

Thanks for the info!

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