TEN GREAT BATTLES OF HISTORY
216BC TO AD1943
Presenter: Darrel Roche B.A. (Ancient History)
Get ready for your personal re-enactment of ten exciting and challenging battles of history, over a 2,000-year period, from the Carthaginians and Romans, to the Second World War!
We’ll be plunging straight into the Battle of Cannae between Carthage and Rome (216BC), the Siege of Harfleur, between Henry V’s English knights and the French (1415), and the Spanish attack on the buccaneers’ stronghold of Tortuga Island in the Caribbean (1635). From there we’ll join the deep-forested raid by Roger’s Rangers and the British on the French wooden-stockade fort at St. Francis, in the French and Indian Wars, followed by the gentleman-style Battle of Minden, between the French and British in Europe (both in 1759).
Then time to experience glory and gallantry during The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Brave Stand of the Thin Red Line, and the Battle of the Inkerman Heights, all between hardy Russians and red-tunic British in the Crimea (1854). In Africa, we’ll fight at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift between heroic Zulus and brave British (1879), before moving north to Algeria for the desert attack by Tuareg Arabs, on the remote French Foreign Legion outpost at Fort Zinderneuf (1900). Finally, we’ll dig-in at the Battle of Tobruk, between Aussies and Germans, in the North African desert (1941), and the snow-sodden Battle of Stalingrad in Russia, between Russians and Germans (1942/43), both during the Second World War.
Because of the scale of the re-enactments, the series will be held off-campus in a brand-new purpose-built, 8-metre by 8-metre re-enactment room, using hundreds of historical figures and accoutrements from my personal collection. It will be an on-going series of Historic Battle Re-Enactments commencing Monday 17th July, and will be open for your occasional, intermittent, or fulltime participation, any afternoon from Monday to Thursday, between 2pm and 5pm.
Advise U3A, or ring Daryl on 0428-348-965 if you would like to attend a free inspection of the Historic Battles Re-enactment site, figures, and accoutrements.