Acclaimed military author Major Mike Peters visits the Redoubt on Saturday (June 1) to tell the fascinating story of the fierce struggle between the British 1st Airborne Division and German forces around Arnhem, using first hand accounts. Part of the Redoubt Lecture Series, which features eight war-time stories throughout the year, Saturday’s lecture tells the story of the role played by the Glider Pilot Regiment in the battle for Oosterbeek and the bridge at Arnhem. The Regiment were trained to fly wooden assault gliders into occupied territory and once on the ground, go into battle with the troops they had delivered onto the landing zone. Their role included the initial defence of the landing zones, before fighting house to house, and as a result they suffered extensive losses from which the Regiment never fully recovered.
Major Mike Peters, will tell the story of the battle using insight gained from his work with veterans of the Army Air Corps. Mike is a serving Army Air Corps officer with more than 30 years of military service behind him and author of several historical books. The lecture starts at 2pm, is followed by a question and answer session, and costs £12. Call 401300.