Stephen Prince

Stephen Prince

Stephen Prince is Head of the Naval Historical Branch in the Ministry of Defence and has also served in staff roles at sea and in Afghanistan. He has previously been a Sir Robert Menzies Scholar at the Australian War Memorial, a lecturer at Britannia Royal Naval College and a senior lecturer at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

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  1. 50. SECOND WORLD WAR DAY
    50. SECOND WORLD WAR DAY

    The Second World War continues to be one of the most enduringly fascinating episodes in history for many of us – for its huge reach, for its complexity, for the totality in which it affected every man, woman and child of all the main combatant nations, but above all because of the immense human drama it involved.

    THE ENCIRCLEMENT OF KIEV, 1941:
    HOW THE GERMANS WON THEMSELVES TO DEATH IN THE EAST

    On 14 September, 1943, German armoured units linked up just to the north of Lubny in Ukraine, so completing a giant encirclement of more than three-quarters of a million Red Army troops. The Nazis hailed it as the greatest victory ever, and a giant leap towards the final, complete defeat of the Soviet Union. But was this the case? Or could the seeds of Germany’s ultimate defeat be seen in this victory? Was Nazi Germany, in fact, winning itself to defeat? In this event, Stephen Prince and James Holland will challenge many of the assumptions so often made about Operation BARBAROSSA and the early months of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.

    THE MOSQUITO
    In this special day of events at the festival, we will be discussing the astonishing De Havilland Mosquito, one of the most inspirational and iconic aircraft ever built. Joining us for an extended session will be John Lilley, the brainchild behind the People’s Mosquito project, and also Des Curtis, DFC, a former RAF navigator whose astonishing wartime experiences carrying out attacks first in Scandinavia, then training with 618 Squadron with bouncing bombs due to be used on an attack on the German battleship, Tirpitz, and then on anti-U-boat operations in the Channel and Atlantic are truly extraordinary.

    THE DUNKIRK 25-POUNDER
    Also included in the programme will be the setting up and firing of a very rare Dunkirk 1940-era 25-pounder field gun by the Garrison Artillery Volunteers, the Larkhill based team now unique as the only organisation still training and using wartime artillery drills. Keith Brigstock will be explaining the gun’s history and significance as well as overseeing the live-firing demonstration.

    2.00-3.00pm A WAR OF EMPIRES: JAPAN, INDIA, BURMA & BRITAIN 1941-1945
    Robert Lyman (included in WW2 day ticket)

    3.45-4.45pm 1945: VICTORY IN THE WEST
    James Holland & Stephen Prince (included in WW2 day ticket)

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  2. 59. 1945: VICTORY IN THE WEST
    59. 1945: VICTORY IN THE WEST

    The final months of the war in the west were brutal for all concerned: the conditions, the bitterness of the fighting, and the huge scale as the war pushed on, village by village, town by devastated town into Germany, over a 300-mile front. Peter Caddick-Adams had been going to bring forty years of study and experience to bear in a talk to reveal fresh analysis and thought-provoking perspectives to a period of the war that has been surprisingly under-told. However, very sadly, he has had to have major heart surgery and so can no longer attend. We feel, though, that the subject of his planned talk is still both highly relevant and worth discussing. With this in mind, James Holland and Stephen Prince will be talking about those final months of the war in the West, drawing upon Peter’s conclusions and much of his research. Stephen Prince is a familiar face at the history festival. He is the Head of the Naval Historical Branch and also Deputy Head of the Naval Staff, and immensely knowledgeable and qualified to discuss these climactic months of the war. James Holland has also studied this period in great detail so this will be a lively and informed discussion.

    THIS TALK IS INCLUDED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR DAY TICKET OR CAN BE BOUGHT INDIVIDUALLY.

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