Dr. Matthias Strohn
Dr Matthias Strohn is a Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Institute and also a senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Before arriving at Sandhurst, he lectured at Oxford University and the Joint Forces Command and Staff College at Shrivenham. Dr Strohn was educated at the University of Münster (Germany) and the University of Oxford, from which he received his MSt and DPhil with a thesis on the German army in the inter-war period.
Dr Strohn is a specialist in the history of the German army in the 20th century, with a special interest in the World Wars. He has published widely on these subjects. His DPhil thesis was published by Cambridge University Press under the title The German Army and the Defence of the Reich in 2010. He has edited two books on the First World War and is currently working on a monograph on the German army in the First World War. He has acted as the academic adviser to German and British government bodies for the First World War centenary commemorations.
Dr Strohn is a keen battlefield tour guide and has led tours in Europe from Normandy to Stalingrad.
TALKS BY MATTHIAS AT THE FESTIVAL
Myth and Reality: Writing Military History
Saturday 25th March - 11.00 - 12.00
Join Matthias Strohn as he addresses and dispels some of the myths of military history: To most of us, the history of war tells stories of brave men in battle, the clashing of sabres, and glorious victories. But is this really the whole story or is there more to military history than this? Can we believe what we read in books and accounts of battles?
Using his work on the First World War and the inter-war period (as well as his personal military experience in recent conflicts) Matthias Strohn will look behind the smoke screen of gun-powder and will highlight some of the issues that the author and also the reader of military history is confronted with. This will also raise questions about our common understanding of the World Wars: Were the Germans all goose-stepping military machines, or is there a different and more nuanced side to this story?