D-Day 75 Revival Talks

Celebrity WWII Military Historians

(Southwick is just North of Portsmouth on the South Coast of England, PO17 6EA)

Celebrity Speakers for Southwick Revival 2019 TBC

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Bill Moffatt – Operation Fortitude

Saturday 9th June @ 11:45

Renowned archaeologist Bill Moffatt will be speaking about ‘Operation Fortitude’.

The Germans knew that at some stage the Allies would launch a cross-Channel invasion, but they were unsure of exactly where or when it would take place. As a crucial part of their preparations for D-Day, the Allies developed a deception plan to draw attention away from Normandy.

The D-Day deception plan was codenamed Operation ‘Fortitude’ and was part of a larger overall deception strategy – Operation ‘Bodyguard’. ‘Fortitude’ consisted of two parts: ‘Fortitude North’ was meant to fool the Germans into thinking that the Allies would launch an attack on Norway, and ‘Fortitude South’ was designed to convince the Germans that an invasion would occur north-east of Normandy in the Pas de Calais.




Max Arthur OBE – The Paras

Sunday 10th June @11:45

Max Arthur is acclaimed for his speciality in sourcing first-hand recollections of the twentieth century, particularly the First and Second World War. He was recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours with an OBE for his services to military history. He is the author of many bestsellers including Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Forgotten Voices of the Second World War, which were both written in association with the Imperial War Museum. He has presented two television documentaries based on his books: The Brits Who Fought For Spain for the History Channel and ‘Dambusters’.

He will be talking about his latest book, ‘The Paras’. Published to coincide with 75th anniversary of its formation, this is the definitive history of the iconic Parachute Regiment, told through the voices of more than 200 of the soldiers themselves. From the daring raids of World War 2 through Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Bosnia and Afghanistan, the Paras have a reputation for being where the fighting is fiercest and the odds of survival are often stacked heavily against them. The gripping, visceral first person narrative makes this book stand apart from conventional regimental histories.


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Only available on Saturday 8 June & Sunday 9 June 2019

  • Free car parking in event car park
  • Period Shuttle Bus to Southwick House
  • Entry to Southwick House and the famous D-Day Wall Map
  • Special 45 minute talk in the Map Room by museum staff
  • Entry to Royal Military Police Museum within Southwick Park
  • Return Shuttle Bus
  • Entry to the special exhibition of wartime village life

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