Festival talks by Eddie Butler

THE FIRST WORLD WAR TANK: WAS IT A WONDER WEAPON?

With our First World War tank, we will explain the origins of the British ‘landships’, exploring their initial use and following the fortunes of one real tank and crew through the final battles of 1918. We will also discuss whether it really was a wonder weapon before seeing it operate hand-in-hand with some infantry from the final year of the First World War.

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THE FIRST WORLD WAR TANK: DRIVING LESSON

In this event, we will explore how one of the early First World War tanks actually worked and operated. We’ll be asking for eight volunteers, giving them some basic items of kit, and then showing each what role they would have played in the tank. We’ll also be explaining the conditions in which they operated and the many dangers they faced.

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UNIFORMS: STYLE v FUNCTION

Why do soldiers look like soldiers? This session investigates the How’s and Why’s of uniform development through time. How does a uniform reflect the need for battlefield communication, the cost of manufacture and tasks expected of it? By studying Roman, Medieval and WWII soldiers, we will explore the differences between parade ground and campaign uniform through the ages and see them tested against an assault course!

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105. A HISTORY OF SPORTING GENIUS

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Why are some touched with sporting greatness? What is it that lifts mortal men to achieve sporting pinnacles? And why is it that so many sporting greats are also touched with self-destruction? In this discussion, we are thrilled to bring together three experts, Eddie Butler, John Inverdale and Phil Walker, chaired by a passionate observer, Sebastian Faulks, to delve deep into the lives and brilliance of some of our best-loved sporting geniuses.

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