The son of an Army officer and a military librarian, Martin Irons was raised in an environment that fueled his interest in history and World War II. As a child on post, he romped with his brother in derelict B-29 Superfortress bombers. Playing soldier, he and the other kids used surplus Army gear. Toy soldiers led to building WWII model tanks, planes, and ships. The quest for the background information of important battles began the start of a collection of World War II literature early in life. Family trips and vacations included visits to Army forts and Navy ports.?The Great Escape,?The World at War, and?Baa Baa Black Sheep?further flamed his thirst for WWII knowledge and adventure.

Using his background as a scientist and former Army Reserve officer, Irons labors to bring unwritten World War II stories to light. Firsthand accounts by surviving World War II sailors, marines, and pilots bring his narratives to life. His first book,?Phalanx against the Divine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force, was published in 2017.

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