In 2018 Peter Hart strode the width of Chipping Campden School Hall to relive the endgame on the western front in 1918*, and now he returns to help us understand what it was like to fight in WWII by seeing it through the eyes of the soldiers who fought. The South Notts Hussars fought at almost every major battle of the Second World War, from the Siege of Tobruk to the Battle of El Alamein and the D-Day Landings. Peter draws on detailed interviews conducted with members of the regiment, to provide both a comprehensive account of the conflict and reconstruct its most compelling moments in the words of the men who experienced it. This is military history at its best: outlining the path from despair to victory, and allowing us to share in soldiers’ hopes and fears; the deafening explosions of the shells, the scream of the diving Stukas and the wounded; the pleasures of good comrades and the devastating despair at lost friends.
Peter Hart is the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum. He is author of *The Last Battle (Military History Matters Book of the Year Gold Award 2019) Gallipoli, The Great War, and Voices From The Front.
This event is sponsored by Anthony and Mary Stone.