I've been thinking about this for quite some time now and finally decided to see what you guys/gals on the forum think of it: Do you - especially the veterans and historians among you - think that whoever is into military history should also have a military background? I realize that nobody can actually know what war is really like unless you've experienced it yourself, but does that also apply to researching war? Sloppily formulated: Do you think that someone who hasn't even been to the army, civilian, woman cannot/should not be a (good) military historian? Please note that this is a question, not a suggestion, complaint or judgement. *edit* Is there any way to turn this into a poll?