Threshold, Sub-Threshold…We Have Been Here Before or ‘New Wine in old Bottles’

A French Paratrooper takes aim while taking on the enemy during Exercise Wessex Storm. Across three days of high tempo activity on both the ground and in the air British, French and American paratroopers demonstrated how they can go by air to battle together.

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Author: Prof Matthias Strohn: Visiting Fellow CHACR

Author of the Briefing

Professor Matthias Strohn is the head of historical analysis at CHACR, Visiting Professor of Military Studies at the University of Buckingham, and a faculty member of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History. He was educated at the University of Münster (Germany) and the University of Oxford, from which he received his M.St. and his DPhil. He is a specialist in the history of war in the 20th century, with a special interest in the World Wars, command and leadership, the development of doctrine, and the application of military history in the current military and strategic contexts. In total, Professor Strohn has written and edited seventeen books and numerous articles. Professor Strohn acted as the academic adviser to German and British government bodies for the First World War centenary commemorations. He is a keen battlefield tour guide and has led tours in Europe from Madrid to Stalingrad. He has also worked on television and radio as both historical adviser and interviewee. Professor Strohn holds a commission in the German Army and, as Lieutenant-Colonel, is a member of the military attaché reserve, having served on the attaché staffs in Madrid, London and Paris. In a previous role he served as the staff officer for military history at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg. There he also received his initial training as a staff officer, which was augmented by the successful completion of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (R) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with both the British Army (in his role as civil servant) and the German Bundeswehr.