All standard presentations can be extended to the two session format if required. However, the titles below do not lend themselves to being shortened.
Cockerel Feathers and Fine Leather Stitching - Highs and Lows of Italy's WW2. This presentation explains how Italy became involved in WW2 and looks at the "highs & lows" of their three armed services - the army, airforce and navy. They experienced over three years of very mixed fortunes including their disastrous involvement in the Battle of Britain to the huge success of their manned mini-submarine programme.
The WW2 Siege of Malta. Malta suffered greatly when it was one of the most intensely bombed locations during WW2. The fate of the island hung in the balance on more than one occasion until hugely expensive supply convoys managed to reach the island. The balance of power swung between the Axis and Allied forces and was intricately linked to the successes of both sides in the North Africa campaign.
Bomber Command as viewed in 1946 & 2021. My father had a set of books titled "The Second World War in Pictures". When I was reading them during the Covid lockdown I became aware of the events that were not recorded and the huge inaccuracies in what was reported. The presentation looks at the history of Bomber Command as it was known in 1946 and compares this to what we know now.
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 Story of One Squadron“ ; 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. Terrific feedback , the room was still buzzing even after you left."......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.
Most presentations last approximately 50mins (+/-5) but can be modified as required.
The fee for each standard length presentation is £40 plus modest travel expenses (20p per mile). A number of presentations (indicated) require a double session with an interval and are priced at £55 plus travel expenses.
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