Jon Latimer was born in Prestatyn, Flintshire in 1964. He attended Swansea University in 1982, ostensibly to study Geography, but love of the sea meant that he left with a degree in Oceanography instead. He then enjoyed a varied and interesting career working as an oceanographer and environmental scientist.
Jon also served in the Territorial Army for sixteen years. Commissioned in The Royal Welch Fusiliers he served with the 1st and 3rd Battalions and with 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Wales, as well as on attachment with 1/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers and with the staff of 4th Armoured Brigade.
He began writing in 1994 and is a regular contributor to magazines. He completed two books for Osprey’s Campaign series, Operation Compass (1940) and Tobruk (1941), before publishing Deception in War (2001), Alamein (2002) and Burma: The Forgotten War (2004).