Born in Belgium in 1956, Ronald Pawly developed a keen interest in military history as a young child. His first book, The Red Lancers [Crowood 1998], was published to great acclaim; he has since published numerous books and articles on military history, both in French and English. He has collaborated on documentaries, is a regular advisor to international auction houses, and is widely regarded for his knowledge on military portraiture. He is currently editor-in-chief of the prestigious French magazine Soldats Napoleoniens. He lives in France.