1940: Going it alone

Gareth Howell


Region:
East Midlands
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: 60
Category:
History
Updated:
9th January 2021
Tagged:
Ww2 | World War 2 | Military History | Second World War

1940: Going it Alone The British and French have wasted time over the winter of 1939/40, but now prepare to face the German onslaught on the west. The German war economy is struggling and Hitler prepares to risk all on one assault to try to win the war quickly. The French army is large, and well equipped. The BEF is well trained and mechanised. Surely the French and British can hold? The talk takes the story of the Second World War from the 10th May 1940 to the 12th February 1941. The extraordinary disaster of the Battle of France is followed by the evacuation of Dunkirk and the creation of Vichy France. The British become ruthless in protecting their interests, and Italy enters the war. Germany and Italy attempt to bring the British low, while the British attempt to find a way to strike back as the war begins in the desert.

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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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