Laurence Spring studied at the Universities of London and Aberystwyth. He is also a qualified archivist, and has worked for many years at the Surrey History Centre. He has researched the early seventeenth century for many years and has written on various aspects of the English Civil War, including the Campaigns of Sir William Waller and the armies of Sir William Waller and the Earl of Manchester. He has also written many books on the Russian Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Since he has an archival ackground he prefers to search through archives looking for various interesting facts for his books they give a vivid insight to the subject, which are usually not mentioned in secondary sources or contradicts the established `facts' on a subject, including pre-dating Wellington's famous phrase the First British Army's recruits have been described as `scum' and echoing the First World War, also being referred to `lions led by a hare'. This is his first book to be published by Helion, the second book, The Bavarian Army during the Thirty Years War will be published at a later date and will also include information no previous published in English.