The Campaign History Research Group (CHRG) is committed to applied military history. Studies are undertaken at the strategic, operational and tactical levels, incorporating a variety of facets of warfare including social, political, economic, doctrinal, and theoretical factors in addition to operations.
CHRG is uniquely placed to interact with military practitioners from Britain and overseas, given links to the UK Defence Academy, and the group has established productive relationships of mutual benefit in this respect. It has made a significant contribution to scholarship with the establishment of the Operational Experience Archive (OEP) at the Joint Command and Staff College (UK) in 2006, which captures as digitised oral history veterans’ experiences of tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, the Balkans and elsewhere. The archive is an important element of the unit’s continued commitment to research-led teaching by providing academics inside and outside of the Defence Academy, as well as military practitioners, with new and value-added research data. CHRG is currently seeking external funding to expand the OEP, both in its data depositaries and in developing the online user interface.
The leader of this research group is Dr Niall Barr.