Fans of blockbuster movie Dunkirk will be able to get an insight into the real battle at a special lecture at the Museum of Army Flying on Monday 21 August.
The recent movie on Dunkirk has attracted much comment on social media, so the illustrated talk by aviation historian, broadcaster and author Paul Beaver, entitled The Real Dunkirk, will examine why British troops were in France in 1940, who the personalities were and what really happened.
Paul said: “This is not a direct critique of the movie but rather a glimpse at the history of that amazing time in 1940 with the background context and the people highlighted.
“The scope of the talk will cover a number of areas including why the British Expeditionary Force were in France; the French Army and the Maginot Line; French, British and German generals; the Politicians; and the invasion of France.”
Other topics will include Belgium and the Netherlands under attack, the counter-attack at Arras, the defence of Boulogne, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, the Little Ships, and the myths and fantasy of Dunkirk.
Tickets to the talk, which takes place at 7pm on Monday 21 August, cost £10 each.
A glass of wine/soft drink is included in the ticket price.
The Museum’s Apache Café team will be serving a curry supper at 6pm, before the lecture, for £7.50 per head.
Tickets are available at www.armyflying.com/events or at the Museum of Army Flying reception by calling 01264 784421