"1939: Chamberlains War: Fears and Hopes"

Gareth Howell

East Midlands
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50 plus travel costs, less for charities
10th July 2019
Ww2 | Military History | 20Th Century | World War 2

As the world recovers from the horrors of the First World War it is assailed by​ new crises. Britain is short of confidence​ and buffeted by economic problems​ as the world drifts towards a new world​ war. The talk examines “the road to​ war” and Britain’s efforts to avoid a​ new conflict, but also to prepare for​ it. The Munich Crisis is examined, and the question asked whether Britain and France would have been better off standing up to Hitler in 1938 instead of 1939. Had Britain fought "the wrong war?" After the declaration of war Poland​ rapidly falls, and Denmark and Norway​ are invaded while Britain and France​ plan on how to fight Nazi Germany.​ Schemes are considered to attack the​ USSR to help Finland and proposals​ made on how to bring down the​ German war economy as the British​ and French goverments struggle during​ this “phony war” to decide on how and​ why they are to fight.

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About Gareth Howell

I regularly appear on BBC Radio Nottingham as an historical adviser, most notably as the military historian when Armed Forces Day was hosted at Nottingham. I have also spoken on BBC Notts on topics as diverse as Richard 3rd, the tanks, the home guard and the Easter Rising (for which I also appeared on a programme with BBC Ulster). I am also a regular guest speaker for Abingdon Museum in Oxfordshire, the British Biomedical Institute, Buxton Museum and various Rotary clubs. I have done some TV work for BBC Ulster and for Channel 4. If you have a particular interest for a history talk that's not on the list, feel free to ask if I'd be able to field a talk on the subject, after all the worst I could say is no!

I am a confident and engaging speaker after many years teaching in a Nottingham Secondary school.

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