The 'Cyprus Green Line' and the 'Battle for Nicosia Airport'

Malcolm Brooke

Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Hobbyist with a professional approach
Paid: £40 plus travel expenses (20p per mile)
13th August 2020
Cyprus | United Nations | Military | History

The Green Line today is a 180km long Buffer Zone between the Greek & Turkish Cyprus where the UN attempt to maintain the “status quo”. The presentations look at the history of how the Green Line came into being and include first-hand experience of walking through no man’s land in Nicosia. This section of the Buffer Zone was once the most densely militarized area in the world

Nicosia International Airport is now a United Nations Protected Area and, since 1974, has been closed to all aircraft except UN helicopters. There was a very tense situation in July 1974 when British armoured vehicles stood in the way of the invading Turkish army who were intent on capturing the airport.

Each section of the title can be a presentation in its own right or edited versions of both subjects can be combined into a single presentation.

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About Malcolm Brooke

For many years Malcolm worked for the MoD schools (teacher, headteacher, advisory) and was fortunate to live and work in several interesting parts of the world. Most of his talks are inspired by his time in Cyprus and Germany. In 1974, as a young teacher in Cyprus, he experienced the military coup and subsequent Turkish invasion and, when living in Germany, saw the events of November 1989 as the Berlin Wall came down. He currently lives near York but between March and July he is enjoying himself in Cyprus and unavailable to give presentations.

Malcolm is happy to travel to most areas of the country but within a 100 mile radius of York seems like a sensible idea. However, if you are desperate for one of his presentations he can always make an exception!

Malcolm's presentations use his own laptop and data projector......however a screen needs to be provided.

Feedback is always positive and groups often rebook immediately.

Evaluations following recent presentations:

"What can I say? We always give our speakers a mark out of ten but yours was the first to score 11!!! It really was excellent. You got all three aspects so right. Your research was impeccable; the visual presentation the best we have seen but most of all, you were able to put it over so well. So thank you, very well done indeed.".......R. S. - Collingham Retired Mens Forum.

"I thoroughly enjoyed your last talk to the Forum on “The RAF at 100 Years“ ; I have also received a large number of complimentary comments from members."......R. L. - Harrogate Mens Forum.

"Thank you both for your very pleasant company at lunch this Wednesday , we really enjoyed the occasion . Needless to say, we have had much complimentary feedback from your talk"......M.B. - Ryedale RAFA Branch.

“You did a talk for our club last October on the topic of York’s Baedeker Raid and the feedback I had from the members was very positive and suggesting I invite you to return.”……D.C – Derwent Probus Club.

“Once again on behalf of myself and this morning's audience, I would like to thank you for such a wonderful presentation; I know everyone present was really captivated by your talk.” ……K.M – Ryedale U3A.

The fee for each presentation is £40 plus modest travel expenses (20p per mile).

Most presentations last approximately 50mins (+/-5) but can be modified as required. A number of presentations (indicated) need a double session with an interval.

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