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From 10:00am to 16:00pm

From: Friday 30th Mar 2018 Until: Sunday 4th Nov 2018
Hawkinge Airfield
  • From 10:00am to 16:00pm
  • Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge, Nr Folkekstone, Kent CT18 7AG
  • 01303257786
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The worlds largest collection of Battle of Britain memorabalia, artefacts from over 700 crashed aircraft, including Home Front, WW1. Allow at least 2 hours to complete. Our 25th squadron Mess Room is available for home made snack and light lunches. For further information, please see the website, or call 01303 893140. Open Easter till 4th November, open from 10.00 am with free parking. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Walk in the footsteps of heroes. Live the story of 'The Few' of the greatest ever air battle in 1940. Get up close to the iconic Hurricane, Spitfire and BF109 Battle of Britain fighter planes. Read the stories of the brave airmen, marvel at all the artefacts. Also, come and meet Scramble the cat!

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Dr Julie Peakman - 28 May, 2018 - 18:09PM

I was wondering if you might like a talk by me around my new book Hitler's Island War The Men who Fought for Leros.
I recently had a full house for the Hellenic Society talk and really want to get the stories out of these brave men who fought during WWII.This is a bit about it:

This year is the 75th anniversary of a little known but hard fought battle in a tiny part of the Dodecanese. In November 1943, at the height of World War II, the Aegean island of Leros became the site of the most pivotal battle of the Dodecanese campaign as the British tried, in vain, to retain control of the island. Over the course of two short months, from the Italian capitulation on 8th September 1943 to 17 November 1943, over 1500 British soldiers lost their lives and hundreds, more ended up in Prisoner-of-War camps. In this book, historian Julie Peakman, a modern-day resident of Leros, brings to life the story of the men caught up in the battle based on first-hand interviews and written accounts including diaries, letters and journals. She tells of the preparations of the soldiers leading up to the battle, the desperate hand-to-hand fighting, and the suffering endured from continual bombings. She also shows the extent of the men's despair at the allied surrender, the many subsequent daring escapes as well as the terrible years of incarceration for those who were captured and imprisoned. Many of the heart-rending accounts of the battle are told here for the first time: Through interviews with the soldiers who fought there, she provides a unique eyewitness take on this forgotten corner of World War II.
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd. Hardback ISBN: 9781784532680 Publication Date: 30 Oct 2017
Number of Pages: 304 Illustrations: 45 bw in 38 plates 4 maps

Julie Peakman is author of many history books and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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