Who am I?
My name is Robin Schäfer; I am a German military historian, author and battlefield guide, specialising in the period of German military history spanning 1800 to 1945, and offering historical consultancy and military research services for film and television producers, authors, museums and battlefield tour operators, along with private individuals who are researching their family history.
What can I do for You?
To be able to fully understand German military history you need two things: firstly, you should be able to read and understand German and, secondly, you need access to German source material (files stored in archives, war diaries, muster roles, regimental histories etc.). Locating the right sources is difficult. Reading them is another thing entirely as, often, they are written in the feared Kurrent (Sütterlin) hand or printed in Fraktur types. This is where I come in. If you own a letter written by a German ancestor which you cannot decipher, if you want a full military background of a relative, if you are an author or a TV producer who seeks information relating to the history of the German army and its soldiers, I will be able to help you.
For your project I will access the sources available, will contact and visit archives and libraries and be in touch with official organisations like the WaSt in Berlin, the Volksbund or various German veteran organisations. I am able to supply all the necessary translations and transcriptions to provide you with all the information you need to make your research or media project a success. Have a look at my recent work to see the types of projects I am able to assist with.
If you have a project that you think would benefit from my services, or if you would like to know more about the services I offer, you can get in touch via the contact page. You can also get an idea of my charges here.