Robin Russell served in the Royal Irish Rangers and the Royal Irish Regiment for 32 years until 2008. As an infantry officer, staff officer and instructor he was based mainly in Great Britain and Germany, but served on operations in Belize, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, and as an arms control inspector throughout Europe. He was mentioned in despatches as a Company Commander in Northern Ireland.
During his service and since, he has guided or led battlefield tours covering Waterloo, WW1 battlefields in France, Flanders and Gallipoli – and WW2 campaigns throughout north-west Europe, Italy and Tunisia, as well as camps at Colditz, Buchenwald and Belsen. In addition to battlefield guiding, he is now engaged in other adult education roles and sometimes security consultancy.
He lives in North Yorkshire.