Festival talks by Stuart Tootal

65. RED DEVILS: BRITISH AIRBORNE FORCES IN WORLD WAR II MORNING

In this special morning of exclusive talks and demonstrations, we will be looking at the story of the British Airborne Forces in the Second World War, from their training and preparations to their assault of Sicily in 1943, through to D-Day and Arnhem.

With experts, veterans and demonstrations of kit and weapons, this will be a rare opportunity to hear and learn more about some of Britain’s wartime special forces.

9.25am Introduction by James Holland
9.30am The Red Devils over Sicily

Peter Caddick-Adams discusses the role of British Airborne forces over Sicily, from the preparation, to the execution and to the lessons learned.

10.00am Foreign Fields: the Red Devils

The Foreign Fields Living History Group explain and demonstrate the kit, weapons and tactics used by the British Airborne Forces in World War II

10.30am Coffee
10.45am The Red Devils over Normandy

Stuart Tootal discusses the D-Day operations with 9 Para veteran, Fred Glover.

12.00pm The Red Devils at Arnhem

Al Murray has had a life-long fascination with Operation MARKET GARDEN and in this talk discusses the operation and how and why it fell short of its aims.

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