Michael K. Cecil (BSc Hons, BA, Cert IV Museum Practice) was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1955. Following graduation from Monash University, he held various positions in both the public service and in private consulting. These included research assistant to the Atlas of Victoria project, land use assessments for the Victorian Government’s Land Conservation Council, and the assessment of geomorphic sites of significance in the Victorian uplands. He held the position of Head of Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial until retiring in mid-2010.
Since leaving the Memorial, he has continued to research and publish books and articles about Australian military history. His books include the Australian Military Equipment Profiles series: Australian Field Artillery 1939 to 45 (1992); Local Pattern Carriers 1939 to 1945 (1992); Australian Scout and Armoured Cars 1933 to 1945 (1993); The M113 and M113A1 APC in Australian Service 1962 to 1972 (1994). Battlegroup Leopard: Australian Armour Exercises in the North was published in 1998. Mud and Dust: Australian Army Vehicles and Artillery in Vietnam was published in 2009, and Australian Military Abbreviations, Acronyms and Codes in January 2014. Australian Army Units and Unit Serials of the Second World War followed shortly afterwards. Leopard AS1 in Australian Service is to be released in July 2015, and Pioneers of Australian Armour in the Great War, co-authored with David Finlayson, is due for release in August 2015.
He has also published many articles in magazines such as Army Motors, Military Machines International, Army Newspaper, Army Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Royal Australian Armoured Corp’s (RAAC) annual journal Ironsides. In August 2013, he was awarded a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ by RAAC for his lengthy and significant contribution to recording the history of the Corps.
Michael is married to artist Krystii Melaine, and lives near Spokane, Washington, USA.