Professor Peter Stanley was born in Britain and migrated to Australia with his family in 1966 aged 10. He met Tom Stevens's son, Adrian, at university in Canberra in 1976. After working as a museum historian for 32 years, in 2013 Peter became Research Professor at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He has published 26 books, mainly on Australian and British military-social history, and in 2011 his book Bad Characters (on Australian soldiers in the Great War) was jointly awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History.
Stanley paints a fascinating picture of Indian army forces... *
Military History Monthly 17/02/2016 *
... Stanley's book is inspirational and will delight readers interested in the minute details of military history and of the Indian Army in particular. Scholars of late colonial India will find much information to mine, both empirically in terms of the Indian element in the First World War and methodologically in terms of how to write such histories. The instructive quality of Stanley's book is illuminating. * The Journal of Military History *
" ... without question, the best work of military history that I have read for a considerable time. Brilliantly researched, fluently written and fascinating to read, I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Gallipoli campaign, the British Army in India, the Indian Army or even the Great War in general ... A quite brilliant book, and beautifully produced in high quality paper." * Long Long Trail *