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3-4 June

Military Vehicle Display

Brougham Hall Mv 118

A display of vehicles by members of The Military Vehicle Trust.

4 June only ‘The 34th in America’ – an 18C soldier domonstrated by Matt Zembo.

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Matt is a lecturer at a college in New York State and working on his PhD at King’s College, London.

4 June
Morning Session 1000-1200 Arroyo dos Molinos

‘At the point of the bayonet’, Helion
Author Rob Griffith

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Robert Griffith exhaustively researches his subjects to draw out previously overlooked details of both the campaigns and the everyday life of Napoleonic soldiers. As well as ‘At the Point of the Bayonet’, which covers two of Sir Rowland Hill’s battles – Almaraz and Arroyomolinos, the 34th’s unique battle honour he is the author of the acclaimed Riflemen: The History of the 5th Battalion, 60th (Royal American) Regiment 1797-1818

The French Drum-Major
Keith Matthews

Keith is history graduate and from an early age he has harboured an intense interest in the Napoleonic period. He is a ardent re-enactor and has been a member of a French Line regiment group for over 12 years. He has participated in many events including several bi-centennial re-enactments cumulating at Waterloo in 2015. He has also undertaken several detailed research visits to Napoleonic battlefields in Europe, including many relating to the peninsular war. He is particularly interested in the lives and stories of  individual soldiers from the Napoleonic period and has carried out extensive research using the military archives in Paris.

Afternoon 1400-1700

‘Thunder of the Guns: An Artillery Officer on the Western Front 1914 – 1919’, Bookcase
Alan Whitworth

Alan Whitworth

Alan is a retired archaeologist. He has worked for English Heritage for 25 years as the Recording archaeologist for Hadrian’s Wall, Full time supervisor at Carlisle Castle and Senior supervisor at Homesteads Roman fort. ‘Thunder of the Guns’ was awarded the Hunter Davies Prize for Lakeland Book of the Year 2018 Runner Up.

‘My Dad’s Army’, The White Gurkhas, Bookcase 
Ian Wilson 

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‘My Dad’s Army’ is based on the  memories of men of 9th Battalion The Border Regiment in Burma. Ian Wilson was born in Carlisle in 1947. He worked as a motor mechanic at County Garage, Carlisle and Penrith, leaving to be a Merchant Seaman October 1966.  After being involved in the Chicago riots he then went to Vietnam during the ‘Tet Offensive’ delivering Jet Petroleum for the USA. Leaving the Merchant Navy, he became a Gypsum Miner in Cumbria and East Sussex, and in 1985 he was the landlord of ‘The Kings Arms Inn’, Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria. Before retiring in 2010 he worked for the Chelmsford Museum Service and Essex Regiment Museum and now lives in Chelmsford, Essex.

Evening wine reception

Brigadier Allan Mallinson returns to his former home as the VIP speaker at Carlisle’s first Military Festival on 3 June 2022. His theme will be “Why dwell on the past?”

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Allan Mallinson joined the Regiment in XXX as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1970 and was XXX Company Commander. He transferred to the 13/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own)  and eventually commanded the 13/18th. His last Service appointment was as Military Attaché in Rome. He began writing whilst still serving; a history of the regiments that made up the new Light Dragoon Regiment formed in 1992. Since then he has written several revisionist histories of World War 1. ‘1914: Fight the Good Fight’ won the British Army’s ‘Book of the Year’ Award. Its sequel, ‘Too Important for the Generals’ examines the leadership of the British Army. His historical fiction follows the career a fictional cavalry officer, Matthew Hervey, during the Nineteenth Century.

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