Mark Johnston was born in 1960. He has written five books and numerous articles on the Australian Army in World War II. He also has a doctorate on that topic from the University of Melbourne. He is currently the Head of History at Scotch College, Melbourne. The author lives in Melbourne, Australia.
"Overall an interesting read, and a must-have for modellers and history buffs alike if only to give an insight into a small countries' sometimes large contributions to many chapters of the eventual Allied victory." --Bradley J, Armorama (August 2007) "Throughout there are superb period photographs and the excellent illustrations of Carlos Chagas, which really help bring to life the way these men looked when in combat. An overall outstanding reference on World War 2 Aussie troops and their equipment. One that the enthusiast simply has to have in his reference library." --Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2007) "Mark Johnston's The Australian Army in World War II joins others in the 'Elite' series for military libraries, considering the organization and deployment of one of the most significant fighting armies of the war. While plenty of World War II titles provide overviews of the army, this is the item of choice for any seeking depth and detail, with original wartime black and white photos from all fronts adding illustration and enhancing color plates of uniforms and gear." --California Bookwatch (August 2007) "... a well-researched book ... with information on all its campaigns ... aimed at the history buff or the figure modeler who wants to re-create detailed scale figures of WWII Australian soldiers and their equipment." --Cliff Hutchings, Toy Soldier & Model Figure (April 2008)