About Mir Bahmanyar


Mir Bahmanyar is of German-Iranian descent. He spent his childhood in Hamburg, Germany before immigrating to the United States. After earning his BA in History at the University of California at Berkeley, he enlisted in the US Army’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and served as a Tabless machine gunner and Non-Commissioned Training Officer until he exercised the Green-to-Gold Option and entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps before being medically discharged. Mir served on the Board of Directors for the 75th Ranger Regiment Association and was an Associate Historian of the WW2 Ranger Battalions Association. He created Sua Sponte – A History of US Army Rangers hosted on this website.

Mir has authored ten non-fiction books from ancient battles to current US special operations published in English, German, Polish, Japanese and Spanish. His articles have appeared in Kommando: International Special Operations Magazine (in German) and Soldier of Fortune magazine. Some of his books are on the reading lists of:

• Command and General Staff Deputy Commandant’s Deploying Officer Reading List for Majors and Lieutenant Colonels Afghanistan 
• United States Joint Forces Command August 2009 Pre-Deployment Reading List Afghanistan for E-1 (Private) through O-3 Level (Captain) 
• Commander, General Mattis, United States Marine Corps Forces, Central Command Reading List, Recommended Reading for Marines and Sailors Deploying, Sergeants and Above and Company Grade Officers 

His most recent book, Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq, was released on November 13, 2018 by Osprey Publishing, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.

Mir co-wrote and produced the award-winning independent motion picture Soldier of God filmed in the United States and Spain. He was a German language coach and military technical advisor to George Clooney and Cate Blanchett in the Steven Soderbergh directed motion picture The Good German. He served as military consultant and researcher for Black Hawk Down, We Were Soldiers Once and Young, and consulted for two seasons on ShowTime’s hit series Sleeper Cell. Mir was invited to speak at the Malaga Film Commission’s annual Cine y Turismo (Cinema and Tourism) seminar of 2006 featuring filmmakers and business leaders from around the world.

In 2017, he participated in the conference on the US Military Presence in Northern Ireland during the Second World War hosted in Belfast and Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland on the topic of Darby's Rangers and was a contributor to the new exhibit at the US Ranger Centre in Carrickfergus.

Mir speaks conversational Farsi and is fluent in German. He is a supporter of environmental and animal rights. He is currently pursuing his MA in War in the Modern World from the War Studies Online program of King’s College London. Mir lives in Toronto, Canada.