Gordon L. Rottman served for 26 years in the US Army in Special Forces, airborne infantry, long-range reconnaissance patrol, and military intelligence assignments in the Regular Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve. He has worked as a Special Operations Forces scenario writer for 14 years at the Army' s Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk , Louisiana where he developed training exercises for Special Forces. Gordon began writing military history books in 1984 and is currently a full-time author. He has written 50 books for Osprey. He has had a long interest in military slang and has helped other authors compile slang from Vietnam and the Gulf War. He began compiling World War II Marine Corps slang 10 years ago and more recently German slang for use in a novel. He is married with four children and lives in Cypress, Texas.