Festival talks by James Holland

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 GUNS: BRITISH WORLD WAR II ARTILLERY

Artillery was key to the British way of war in World War II and arguably the anti-tank gun was the most important weapon on the battlefield. In this event, we will forensically look at three models: the very rare 18-pounder, and the 2-pounder and 17-pounder high velocity anti-tank guns, explaining their use and assessing their capability before finishing with a live-firing demonstration of each.

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THE GUNS: BRITISH WORLD WAR II ARTILLERY

Artillery was key to the British way of war in World War II and arguably the anti-tank gun was the most important weapon on the battlefield. In this event, we will forensically look at three models: the very rare 18-pounder, and the 2-pounder and 17-pounder high velocity anti-tank guns, explaining their use and assessing their capability before finishing with a live-firing demonstration of each.

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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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HEAVY METAL: SHERMAN AND GRANT

The Sherman and its forerunner were two mainstays of British and US armour in World War II. In this event, we will call upon experts to examine their history, their strengths and weaknesses, and seeing the Sherman in action. Finally, we shall be scoring them on a number of different criteria in our assessment of these iconic pieces of heavy metal. As seen on History Hit TV.

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HEAVY METAL: SHERMAN AND GRANT

The Sherman and its forerunner were two mainstays of British and US armour in World War II. In this event, we will call upon experts to examine their history, their strengths and weaknesses, and seeing the Sherman in action. Finally, we shall be scoring them on a number of different criteria in our assessment of these iconic pieces of heavy metal. As seen on History Hit TV.

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HEAVY METAL: SHERMAN AND GRANT

The Sherman and its forerunner were two mainstays of British and US armour in World War II. In this event, we will call upon experts to examine their history, their strengths and weaknesses, and seeing the Sherman in action. Finally, we shall be scoring them on a number of different criteria in our assessment of these iconic pieces of heavy metal. As seen on History Hit TV.

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THE SAXON FORGE

Join the Saxon blacksmith and lose yourself in the hypnotic fire as he forges weapons and everyday items using the tools and techniques of the Early Medieval period, and explains the important place blacksmiths held in society and the enduring legacy of these ancient masters.

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TANK CREW LEAGUER

What was life like for a Sherman tank crew? What happened when the fighting was over for the day? For the five-man crew, the tank was their home and in this event, we will be demonstrating what happened when a crew leaguered up for the night – their daily maintenance, what they ate and how they tried to get some sleep.

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TANK CREW LEAGUER

What was life like for a Sherman tank crew? What happened when the fighting was over for the day? For the five-man crew, the tank was their home and in this event, we will be demonstrating what happened when a crew leaguered up for the night – their daily maintenance, what they ate and how they tried to get some sleep.

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