Festival talks by Stuart Watson


Major-General Stuart Watson was the signal officer for the 13th/18th Royal Hussars on D-Day. In preparation for the planned invasion of Europe, in 1943 his regiment was equipped with Sherman Duplex-Drive (DD) amphibious tanks, one of the specialised assault vehicles known collectively as Hobart’s Funnies. In conversation with Allan Mallinson, Major-General Watson will discuss this unique vehicle and its role in the regiment’s epic 5000-yard swim to Sword Beach on D-Day and the desperate fight to gain a bridgehead. This promises to be an unmissable event.

Chalke Valley History Festival is delighted to support The Soldiers’ Charity which gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. Grants are given to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

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