John J. Sayen Jr. retired in August 2002 from 30 years active and reserve service with the United States Marine Corps. During that time he served with artillery, armor and military intelligence. He is presently engaged as a contract civilian analyst for the Marine Corps. He graduated from the Citadel in 1974. He has previously published a military-historical magazine, The Tactical Notebook, and for Osprey has written Battle Orders 17: US Army Infantry Divisions 1942-43. The author lives in Virginia, USA.