Born in Dundee, Scotland, Angus Brown was raised and educated in Paris, Ontario. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 37 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 1998.
As an Armoured officer, he served on regimental duty with tank and reconnaissance units, on exchange duty with the British Army and on various staff and command positions in Egypt, Canada, Germany and the United States. During his military career he served in various national level headquarters appointments and as Director of Arms Control Verification. He commanded Canadian Forces Base Suffield 1987-90. An alumnus of the Canadian Forces command and staff training system and the US Army War College, he holds a graduate degree in War Studies from The Royal Military College of Canada. He was admitted to the Order of Military Merit in 1994 in the grade of Officer.
After retirement from the military, he was the editor of a defence magazine and worked as a consultant in the Ottawa area. In the private sector, he worked on chemical, radiological and biological security and threat assessment projects. He also worked on contract for the City of Ottawa, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Health Canada, and the Solicitor General. For the Department of National Defence, he prepared historical case studies for senior military officer training at the Canadian Forces College, facilitated policy planning seminars for the Vice Chief of Defence Staff and prepared historical research papers for the military Croatia Board of Inquiry. He acted as historical consultant and guide for a number of tours of Canadian battlefield sites in Europe and published various papers and articles on military history.
Colonel Brown designed the Canadian War Museum’s Oral History Program in 1999 and was the Program Director for nine years. He is a former President of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum, and a member of various military historical associations and the Canadian Oral History Association.
He is the co-author, with Dr. Richard Gimblett, of In the Footsteps of the Canadian Corps, a book launched in April, 2006 detailing the Canadian Army experience in the Great War. A companion book, In the Footsteps of First Canadian Army, was published in the spring of 2009.