SMHS meeting - the North Africa Campaign

13 Nov 2013

Members were captivated by an enthralling and thought-provoking talk by North Africa veteran Freddie Hunn at the November meeting. Belying his ninety-four years, Freddie gave us a lively account not only of armoured warfare but also of daily life in the desert.

As a pre-war regular soldier in the 12th Lancers, Freddie had already seen action in France, being evacuated from Dunkirk before sailing for Egypt. He illustrated his story with a map of North Africa, emphasising the huge scale of the three year campaign and recalling many battles which have gone down in military history, most notably El Alamein.

Freddie also shared his photos, often recalling close escapes or the loss of comrades. It was these personal stories, together with details of the hardships of desert life, which made the talk particularly poignant.

I'm sure all members present would like to thank Freddie for sharing his reminiscences, and Phil for arranging his visit.

Simon Bellamy

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