Colonel Robert Kershaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973 and commanded 10 PARA. He attended the German Staff College, the Fuhrungsakedemie, and served alongside the Bundeswehr. An established historian, he has published seven books, written many articles in the national press and featured in numerous TV documentaries. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on the Eastern Front, his books: War without Garlands, the story of Operation Barbarossa and Tank Men, about World War II tank crews, being published in both English and Russian. Most recently he has authored Battles that changed the World, in which he takes a unique view of the battles of Stalingrad, Hastings and Waterloo.