Dr. Eberhard Birk

Born in 1967, Oberregierungsrat, Lt.Col (reserve); 1987-93 contract with MoD as soldier; 1993-97: studied history and political science at the University of Augsburg; 1995-99 scholarship of the German Student and Alumni Support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation; 1999 Doctor of Philosophy, dissertation topic: „The Functional Change of the Western European Union in the European Integration Process“; since July 2000 lecturer for military history and political science at the Officers’ School of the Airforce in Fürstenfeldbruck. Numerous articles on German military history in the European context, on matters of tradition, strategy and security policy (essays in the Austrian Military Journal: on Marathon, Alexander, Hannibal, Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, Oranian military reform, Battle of Leuthen, linear tactics, Napoleon, Radetzky, Moltke and Königgrätz, Douhet, European tradition); current publications: How Frederick became “The Great“. Eine kleine Militärgeschichte des Siebenjährigen Krieges 1756 bis 1763 [A Small Military History of the Seven Years War], edited together with Thorsten Loch and Peter Popp, Freiburg 2012; Tradition für die Bundeswehr [Tradition for the Bundeswehr. Neue Aspekte einer alten Debatte [Tradition for the Bundeswehr. New Aspects of an Old Debate], edited together with Winfried Heinemann and Sven Lange, Berlin 2012;  and Die Luftwaffe zwischen Politik und Technik [The Airforce Between Politics and Technology], edited together with Heiner Möllers and Wolfgang Schmidt (= Schriften zur Geschichte der Deutschen Luftwaffe, vol. 2), Berlin 2012.

Dr. Gerhard P. Groß

Born in 1958, Colonel, 1978-1983 studied history and political science at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz; re-enlistment in the Bundeswehr; 1984-1988 3rd Coy INBN 740 in Mainz; 1988 Doctor of Philosophy at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz on the topic of “the Maritime Warfare of the Imperial Navy in 1918”; 1988-1996 lecturer on military history at the Officers School of the Army in Hannover; 1996-2003 Section Head Historical Education at the Military Historic Research Centre in Potsdam; 2003-2009 Project Head “World War I” in the field of research “Era of the World Wars”; April 2009 to 2012 Section Head “Military History of the GDR in the Alliance”; since January 2013 Section Head “German Military History after 1945”; numerous publications on the German military history, among others: Myth and Reality. History of the Operational Thinking in the German Army from Moltke the Elder to Heusinger, Paderborn 2012 (= Era of the World Wars, 9); Prussia. Rise and Fall of a Superpower (together with Michael Epkenhans and Burkhard Köster), Stuttgart 2011; At the Edge of Europe? The Balkans - Area and Population as Fields of Effect of Military Power, edited together with Bernhard Chiari, München 2009; The Schlieffen Plan. Analyses and Documents (edited together with Hans Ehlert and Michael Epkenhans) Paderborn 2006 (= Era of the World Wars, 2); The Forgotten Front – the East 1914/15. Events, Effect, Aftereffect. Paderborn 2006 (= Era of the World Wars, 1); The Military and the Departure into the Modern Age 1860-1890. Armies, Navies and the Change of Politics, the Society and the Economy in Europe, the USA and Japan (edited together with Michael Epkenhans), Munich 2003; Command Thinking in European and North American Armed Forces in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hamburg 2001; End of War 1918. Events, Effect, Aftereffect (edited together with Jörg Duppler) Munich 1999.

Ao. Univ.-Prof. (retd.), Univ.-Doz. Dr. Heinz Nissel 

Born 1943; National Service in the Austrian Armed Forces 1962/63; read Geography, Sociology and Philosophy at Vienna University; Postgraduate Studies 1970/71 at Bombay University; PhD 1974, Vienna University; 1974-1988: Universities at Cologne, Berlin (TU) and Marburg; from 1990: Vienna University, Institute for Geography and Regional Studies; 2000-2009 ao Prof; continued to be active in research and teaching; since 2002: member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Ministry of Defence, visiting professor in Mumbay, Münster, Berlin (Humboldt) and Klagenfurt; founding member of the Orient Academy, Vienna; on the committee of the Austrian Geographic Society, the Society for Technology Policy and the Austro-Indian Society; research focus on: political geography, geopolitics, urban research (esp. megacities), India; numerous publications; e-mail: heinz.nissel@univie.ac.at.