Redoubt hosting Great War talks

Pictures of the Battle of the Somme - sent in by AL Stubbs of saxon way, Bourne'Photo: SM Somme 6
Pictures of the Battle of the Somme - sent in by AL Stubbs of saxon way, Bourne'Photo: SM Somme 6

A TRIO of the country’s top military historians are coming to Eastbourne for a series of talks on the Great War.

Starting tomorrow (Saturday) the sessions take place at the Redoubt Fortress, the town’s Napoleonic coastal defences, and organisers hope the talks will offer an insight into some of the major events of the 1014-18 conflict.

Jeremy Banning, from the La Boisselle Study Group, is the first to take to the lectern.

A former investment banker who now works as a researcher, Banning is considered an authority on battlefields, specialising in the Somme.

He will talk on a section of the Somme, focusing on the British tunnel system.

Author Richard Van Emden will be at the Redoubt on Saturday, September 15, to discuss his new book, The Quick & The Dead, which tells the story of the families who are often forgotten when the fallen are remembered.

The Making of War Horse – The Movie will be the subject or Andy Robertshaw’s lecture on Saturday, October 13.

Mr Robertshaw was the military consultant for the production and will be talking about the inside story of the making of critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film.

All lectures will start at 2.30pm and once they are finished there will be a short break for regreshments before a question and answer session and book signing where appropriate.

Tickets are available now for each session, priced £12.50 or £10 for concessions. Discounts are available for anyone booking all three lectures.

For more information Herald readers should visit or contact The Redoubt on 01323 410300.

The Redoubt dates back to the early 1800s when Napoleon was massing his troops at Boulogne ready to cross the Channel and invade and is one of 74 such Martello towers on the south coast.

Guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (free with general admission) at 11am and 2.30pm, lasting around 50 minutes and taking in parts of the fortress not usually open to the public.