Festival talks by James Holland

113. BIG WEEK: THE BATTLE OF THE SKIES FOR D-DAY – D-Day Sunday Talk

James Holland will discuss the crises that struck both the Luftwaffe and the Allied strategic air forces in the autumn of 1943 and the build-up to Big Week, the vital – and massive – air battle that raged over Germany in the third week of February 1943, a clash that had a direct impact on D-Day and the land campaign that followed.

 

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79. NORMANDY ’44

In this 75th anniversary year of D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, James Holland will present a very fresh and original overview of the campaign from its planning to its inception, dispelling a number of deeply held myths and casting new light on this most brutal fight for the liberation of Europe.

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1. D-DAY 75 MORNING

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we are holding a special morning of events on the subject. To look at the battle beyond D-Day and the role of air power in the Allied victory, we have gathered an exclusive panel of experts and veterans for what will be a highly informative and memorable morning.

9.30am TYPHOONS AND THE EFFECT OF AIR POWER
Paul Beaver, John Buckley, Paul Stoddart

10.15am D-DAY VETERANS
Laurie Weeden Glider Pilot
Joe Cattini RASC Driver
Richard Llewellyn Navigating Officer’s Assistant, HMS Ajax

11am  Coffee

11.20am BEYOND D-DAY: WALKING THE GROUND
Paul Woodadge

12.05pm THE NORMANDY TRENCH
A tour of the WWII Trench

12.30pm MONTY: THE MARMITE FIELD MARSHAL
Peter Caddick-Adams, James Holland

 

 

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