Our 2020 talks series gets underway next month with a fascinating story of bravery and daring during World War 2.
“The Shetland Bus” was the nickname of a clandestine special operations group that repeatedly crossed from mainland Shetland in Scotland to German-occupied Norway between 1941 and the surrender of Nazi Germany on 8 May 1945.
The ‘bus’ was used to take supplies and saboteurs into the fjords and return with refugees, with skilful Norwegian seamen risking their lives sailing thousands of miles in hurricanes, fog and darkness to make the crossings in small fishing boats.
The missions, which took advantage of the cover provided by Norway’s dark winters, were organised by British Army officer Major Leslie Mitchell and his assistant, Lieutenant David Howarth RNVR.
David’s son Stephen Howarth is a professional author of history and will be delivering the talk personally in The Wing on Sunday 8 March at 2.30pm
Stephen has published 15 major books of history and nearly 30 minor ones, as well as writing articles, reviews and obituaries and contributing to the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
A Life Member of the US Naval Institute and of The 1805 Club, a charity dedicated to the conservation of monuments and memorials of the Georgian-era Royal Navy, Stephen has a Master’s degree (with Distinction) in Creative Writing and is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He was an active member of the Royal Naval Reserves from 1982 to 1994 and was appointed an honorary Commander RNR by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003.
As always, Friends of the Few are entitled to free or discounted tickets for our talks. Hurricane members pay nothing while Spitfire members pay £5. General admission is £10, but seats are limited so please book early.
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