Mad, Bad & Dangerous - Military Ideas & Inventions That Didn’t Make the Grade

Tim Barney

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Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50 plus 45p per mile over 20 miles from Evesham, negotiable for other UK regions
24th May 2021
Military History | History | Technology | Educational

“I say Number One, my end is diving…what the hell is your end doing?” The words of an officer on a ‘K’ Class submarine, one of the many unsuccessful designs that feature in this entertaining talk. The two parts explore a variety of mad, bad and downright dangerous ideas, ranging from the nineteenth century up to the present day. Incompetence, haste and wishful thinking have all played their part, in some of the most scandalous disasters in military history. Sometimes the truth really is stranger – and funnier – than fiction! (40 mins + 40 mins)

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About Tim Barney

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by military history and technology, and like any enthusiast, I’ve always wanted to share my passion with the people around me. Following a career in the IT industry, I now have the opportunity to pass on some of the amazing facts and stories I’ve come upon over the years. As you will discover when you book one of my talks, military history is definitely NOT just for military history fans!

My talks are designed to appeal to men and women from every walk of life. A little technical jargon is sometimes unavoidable, but don’t worry, I always translate this into everyday language!

The talks fall into two categories: stand-alone single part talks, and two part talks: these consist of two sections which can be booked individually, or together as a single longer talk. See under individual talks below for timings. If you are interested in a particular talk, but require more information, or would like to discuss other options to suit your requirements, then please do contact me.

All the talks are illustrated with PowerPoint slides. I have my own projector, table and screen, but I’ll happily use your equipment if it’s already in place. If a face-to-face meeting is not possible for some reason, I can deliver all my talks online, using Zoom or any other preferred platform. I am always keen to take questions afterwards.

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