Paul Oldfield was born in Sheffield and was educated at Victoria College in Jersey. After serving in the Army for 36 years, he became a freelance battlefield guide and historian. In 1988, while still serving, he co-authored 'Sheffield City Battalion' in the 'Pals' series. 'Cockleshell Raid' and 'Bruneval' in Pen & Sword's Battleground Europe series were published in 2013. When not touring the battlefields or researching another book, Paul is a keen orienteer, hill walker and cyclist. He lives in Wiltshire with wife Deb and they have three grown-up children.