A Lot More than Spitfires; Behind the Battle of Britain

Richard Marks

South East
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: £75 plus travel @45p per mile up to 50 miles from Reading. Can also be run online
10th January 2024

Everyone is familiar with the exploits of the RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain. However, there is more to the story. Find out how the RAF was structured in 1940 and how Fighter Command used its systems and tactical experience to defeat the German and Italian air forces in this pivotal battle. We will identify the aircraft involved and their strengths and weaknesses. Find out about the personality clash between two of the commanders and how it affected the outcome.

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About Richard Marks

I am a freelance historian based in Berkshire with publications on industrial, military, and railway history, as well as the history of science. I am currently researching the industrial development in the Victorian era, the evolution of the railway and canal systems in Britain in the second half of the 19th century, and the history of British industry. I hold a PhD in economic history from the University of Reading, which I obtained in 2024. I have also taught courses on various historical topics as a tutor with the WEA.

My talks are suitable for different audiences and group sizes. I can adjust the length and format to meet your needs. My goal is to inform and entertain, and to leave the audience with a new insight and a desire to learn more.

My previous career in technology, working with British and international manufacturing companies, has given me a unique perspective as an historian.

Feedback from previous talks: "Richard had clearly done a massive amount of research and preparation. He is an excellent presenter very knowledgeable and engaging speaker. It was informative and thought provoking."

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