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Historical Analysis Programme

The Historical Analysis Programme (HAP) analyses the enduring nature of war and the relevance of the past for the British Army of today. By doing so, it provides advice and support to the strategic decision making within the Army.

The work is centred on major research projects. These have included such topics as the enduring relevance of the lessons of the First World War and how in the past armies have increased in size in times of war and crisis. Another project analyses the concept of ‘winning’ and how this term has been defined in the course of history. In addition, the programme offers advice on operational and tactical matters from a historical point of view. The direct input into the Army is achieved through a combination of academic study and publications, briefings, lectures, work-shops and conferences. Battlefield studies offer a direct link between history and the present and the HAP provides conceptual support for these studies from the tactical to the strategic level.

In order to fulfil its role, the HAP draws on an extensive network of military and civilian expertise both in the UK and abroad, and the programme has established close links with allied nations.

Dr. Matthias Strohn, MSt (Oxon), FRHistS

Dr Matthias Strohn is the Head of the Historical Analysis Programme at CHACR . He is currently on secondment from the Department of War Studies, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is also a Reader in Modern War Studies in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr Strohn was educated at the University of Münster (Germany) and the University of Oxford. From the latter institution he received his MSt and his DPhil with a thesis on the German army in the inter-war period.

Dr Strohn is a specialist in the history of war in the 20th century, with a special interest in the World Wars, the inter-war period, command and leadership, the development of doctrine and the application of doctrine on the battlefield. He has published widely in these fields and his works were chosen as the core readings for Operation Reflect, the British Army’s commemoration of the First World War.

Dr Strohn holds a commission in the German army (current rank Lt.-Col.) and is a member of the military attaché reserve. He has served on the defence attaché staffs in London, Paris and Madrid. In a previous role he served as the staff officer for military history at the German Armed Forces Staff College in Hamburg. Here he had 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 and the German Bundeswehr.

Dr Strohn is a keen battlefield studies guide and has led tours in Europe from Normandy to Stalingrad. He has also worked on television and radio as both historical adviser and interviewee.