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Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne - Military History Series

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Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne - Military History Series

#1 Post by RedoubtFortress » Tue 24 Jun, 2014 11:33 am

Hello All,

The Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum in Eastbourne are holding a series of military history lectures this year.

The next one is on Saturday 5th July with author and photographer Robin Savage with D-Day: The Last of the Liberators Some of the Last Veterans of the Normandy Landings Retrace Their Steps 70 Years Later.

D-Day: The Last of the Liberators is a collection of portraits of some of the last surviving Normandy veterans. It records in a unique way the stories of these remarkable individuals and their emotional but dignified return to the locations, in many cases the exact spot, which are tied to their most profound personal memories of the campaign; places where they saw action or were wounded, where they experienced instances of miraculous chance or where they witnessed their friends being taken away from them through the horror of battle. The 70th anniversary in 2014 will mark the end of the Normandy Veterans Association. After the commemorations, the association will close its doors; its branches will wrap up and all but the private pilgrimages to the beaches will end, eventually leaving the duty to remember those fallen comrades to their descendants and the wider population of a still grateful nation. This is not an account of the strategic challenges of carrying out the Normandy landings, nor the story of a battalion or company embroiled in its own struggle for survival. Those accounts exist and their value is enormous. This talk focuses on the individual and is a record of the experience at the most personal level, viewed with the benefit of seven decades of perspective.

Robin will also be joined by Normandy veteran Fred Glover from 9 Para, part of the glider-borne troops that was supposed bolster the rest of 9 Para's force attacking Merville Battery. He got shot through the legs flying over the battery by AA fire. Crash landed, survived a gun battle but was left behind with other German wounded. He was captured, taken to Paris, recovered, contacted resistance, escaped, got back to UK and rejoined the battalion for the Battle of the Ardennes and Rhine.

Tickets £12 / £10 concession - includes FREE entry to the museum. Tea and coffee also included during the interval. Friends of the Redoubt receive a further £1 off entry.

Call 01323 410300 to book your place or email

Upcoming lectures...

12th July - McGill's War with John Wilton

4th October - First World War in 100 Objects with Professor Peter Doyle

1st November - A Tolerating of Mysteries with Peter Barton

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Re: Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne - Military History Series

#2 Post by armysurplusandtoys » Thu 10 Jul, 2014 10:49 pm

hope they do well
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