Thursday, 27 June 2013

Bryn Hammond (author)

To the Redoubt Fortress for today's blog although not music and pirates this time (another Rock The Redoubt is planned for later this year). Instead, Eastbourne Museums are running a series of lectures on various aspects of military history, the next of which is a talk on El Alamein by author Bryn Hammond. The two hour session is comprised of the lecture presentation during the first half with a question and and answer session after a refreshment break.

An expert in tank warfare of the Great War and Second World War, Bryn Hammond is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for War Studies at the University of Birmingham, and a member of the British Commission for Military History and the Western Front and Gallipoli Associations. He has written two acclaimed books - El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War (General Military) and Cambrai 1917: The Myth of the First Great Tank Battle. Both books draw upon first-person testimony of the battles through letters, diaries and reports by officers as well as by ordinary soldiers. El Alamein reveals the personal experiences of those on the front lines and provides fascinating details of how the war was actually fought. It dismisses some of the myths that have been created about the protracted four-month battle and underlines the harsh realities of desert warfare.

Redoubt Fortress, Sat 6th July, 14:00-16:00.
Tickets £12 adults, £10 concessions, available in person from the Redoubt or by calling 01323 410300.

Details of further lectures in the series are available on the Eastbourne Museums website:
The Victoria Cross with Mark Smith, 3rd Aug.
Ghosts on The Somme with Andy Robertshaw, 7th Sep.
The Greatness of Haig with Peter Hart, 5th Oct.
Boy Soldiers of the Great War with Richard van Emden, 2nd Nov.