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Samuel Katz was born in 1963, and joined the Israeli Defence Forces in 1981. He volunteered for naval duty, and qualified for service in a combat posting. He served in the HEYL HAYAM during the conflict in Lebanon in 1982. He has written numerous articles for Hebrew publications and has co-authored several books on the IDF and related Middle Eastern topics. His particular interest lies in the development of IDF elite and counter-terrorist units. Sam is recognised worldwide as an expert on this subject. He is married, and lives in New York. Lee E Russell was born in 1947. He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968, including a year in Vietnam's Northern and Central provinces, with the 14th Engineer Bn (Combat). He specializes in 20th century uniforms and equipment and is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors. He has written several titles for Osprey over the years, and has also worked as a consultant on military dress for motion pictures, television and the stage. He lives and works in New York City.