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Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr
Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr, abbreviated as ZMSBw
Formation 2013
Type Research institution
Purpose/focus Research into military history of Germany; military-sociological and security-policy research for the Bundeswehr
Key people Colonel Template:Interlanguage link, commander
Professor Michael Epkenhans, chief scientist
Main organ Template:Interlanguage link
Website Official website


Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr (Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr, abbreviated as ZMSBw) is a German research institution focused on military history and social sciences. Located in Potsdam, it is part of Germany's Federal Ministry of Defence. The organisation was formed in 2013 by merging the Military History Research Office (MGFA) and the Template:Interlanguage link.

Background and personnel[]

The organisation was formed from several research facilities of Germany. The Military History Research Office (MGFA) was formed in 1958 in West Germany and was based in Freiburg. The Template:Interlanguage link was formed in Potsdam, East Germany in 1958. In 1994, the two institutions were combined. At the end of 2012, the MGFA was combined with the Template:Interlanguage link.[1] The new center is located at Villa Ingenheim in Potsdam, a historic building, which also houses military archives of East Germany's National People's Army.[2]

The center employs 60 historians, political scientists, and sociologists, supported by 70 other employees. Some employees are in active military service and some are civilians.[1] As of 2016, the commander of the center is Colonel Template:Interlanguage link and its chief scientist is historian Michael Epkenhans who were appointed in 2009/2010.[2] The Center's stated purpose is to "conduct fundamental research on military history as well as military-sociological and security-policy research for the Bundeswehr".[3] The center publishers Template:Interlanguage link.

Select researchers[]

The Center's researchers include the following historians:[4]

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  • Thomas Vogel
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