Paul Beaver is a leading military and political historian and a member of the British Commission on Military History. He has also worked as a journalist and broadcaster — including reporting for Sky News during the Gulf War and in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Macedonia — as well as an independent defence and aerospace consultant. He has written more than 40 books on naval and aviation history and retired from the Army Reserve in 2013 with the rank of Colonel, late of the Army Air Corps. He speaks and organised the flying at the Chalke Valley History Festival, and was the historical adviser to Channel 4’s presentation of the Battle of Britain at Goodwood.
The Pathfinders were ordinary men and women from a range of nations who revolutionised the efficiency of the Allies’ air campaign over mainland Europe. They elevated RAF's Bomber Command from an impotent force on the cusp of disintegration in 1942, to one capable of razing whole German cities to the ground in a single night. Will Iredale, author of the award-winning book The Pathfinders, will be in conversation with acclaimed aviation historian Paul Beaver.
Jack Mann is one of the last surviving members of the secret desert war in North Africa and the Mediterranean. He has rarely spoken in public. Historian and former soldier Paul Beaver will explore Jack's military career and draw out some of the more unusual aspects of a life less ordinary.