Professor Dr Michael Epkenhans is the Director of Historical Research at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces (ZMSBw) at Potsdam. He is an expert in German and European History of the 19th and 20th centuries with a special emphasis on military history. His main field of research is German military history before, during and after the First World War. In addition to his role at the ZMSBw he is Professor at Potsdam University and editor of Germany’s leading journal on military history, the Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift. Professor Epkenhans holds a commission in the German Navy with the rank of Commander (Naval Reserve).