The author is happy to give presentations to interested groups on a range of subjects described below.
Presentations can be modified to suit the audience.........both in length and type of content.
The author only asks for his travelling expenses, a cup of tea (with biscuit) and, depending on location, an overnight stay.
The author is based close to York.
Groups who have already asked for a talk include:
All the talks focus on human interest stories and include personal experiences wherever possible. They are not intended for audiences who wish to know the most intricate detail of a story.
Malcolm's Military Meanderings:
From the Paramali to Pirate Island......bits of military history that I've bumped into over the years.
I was fortunate to live in Cyprus & Germany for many years and, with an understanding wife and family, we have spent many happy hours hunting bunkers, borders and places of significance.
Who needs the beaches on Crete when there are battlefields to visit!
The day that changed my life:
The story of a holiday in Denmark when I found a memorial to a crashed Lancaster. This discovery led me on another journey to find out what I could about those involved. What events led to a German nightfighter shooting down three Lancaster crews over southern Denmark?
Peenemünde and the V2s:
The development of the V2 and the planning and execution of the raid on 18th August 1943. This is a more detailed version of the previous talk.
Cyprus....Living the Life:
An overview of life in Cyprus from personal experiences. I went there as a young teacher in 1973 and currently spend part of the year living there. In 1974 I experienced the coup and Turkish invasion. The wounds of this conflict are visible to this day.
Cyprus.....Blessed by nature and cursed by history:
A more in depth look at how Cyprus has been a troubled land for many years.
The History of Nicosia Airport:
An in-depth look at the history of the airport from the earliest days to its abandoned state today.
The 'Cyprus Green Line' and the 'Battle for Nicosia Airport':
First hand experiences of walking the Green Line through Nicosia and details of the tense battle for the airport in July 1974. The Green Line is a buffer zone between the opposing forces which now runs the entire length of the island. In the early days it divided the two communities in the capital, Nicosia. This subject can be delivered as two separate presentations if required.......the Green Line & The Battle for Nicosia Airport.
Attacks on the German Transport system:
The attacks on the Dortmund Ems and Mittelland Canals and the first use of the Grand Slam against the Bielefeld Viaduct. The canals were vital waterways and both sides were determined to either keep them open or destroy them.
The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall and Inner German Border:
The history of the Berlin Wall (and Inner German Border) and the background to how they came 'crashing' down. I was fortunate to be living in Germany at the time. This talk can be quite detailed needing two sessions, a shortened version in one session or a general talk about the joys of living in Berlin.
York's Baedeker Raid:
I started by wanting to collate information already published. However, discrepancies between accounts and my lack of understanding of the capability of each side led to a much more researched story......information from many books, city & county archives and the National Archives in London have helped produce (what I hope is) an accurate account.
The Three Surrenders:
The complex and often confusing series of surrenders which brought WW2 to an end are explained. Having lived near the Lüneburg Heath surrender site for several years I was puzzled to find another surrender location when I went to live in Berlin and even more confused when I was on holiday in Reims and discovered yet another surrender museum.
UNFICYP - 50+ years and still counting:
The story of how the UK led "Truce or Joint Force" became a UN peacekeeping operation. Originally UN positions were spread across the island but, following the events of 1974, there is now UN controlled Buffer Zone which stretches 180km across the island. Over the years, a number of serious incidents have tested the UN's ability to "maintain the status quo".