John Ellis was born in Bradford and educated at the Universities of Sussex and Manchester. He was a lecturer in the latter’s department of Military Studies. His books include The Sharps End: The Fighting Man in World War II; The Social History of the Machine Gun (both available in Pimlico); Eye-Deep in Hell, an account of trench life in the Great War; Cassino: The Hollow Victory; and Brute Force: Allied Strategy and Tactics in the Second World War.

Books in order of publication:

The Social History of the Machine Gun1975
The Sharp End: The Fighting Man in World War II1980
Cassino: The Hollow Victory: The Battle for Rome January-June 19441984
Eye-Deep In Hell: Trench Warfare In World War I1989
Brute Force: Allied Strategy And Tactics In The Second World War1990
World War II: A Statistical Survey: The Essential Facts and Figures for All the Combatants1993
One Day In A Very Long War1998
The World War I Databook: The Essential Facts and Figures for all the Combatants2001
Cavalry: The History Of Mounted Warfare (Pen & Sword Military Classics)2004
Blackpool at War: A History of the Fylde Coast During the Second World War2013