Writer and historian Dilip Sarkar MBE will be hosting a special presentation titled ‘I Knew The Few’ at the University of Worcester on the afternoon of Sunday 7 April, 2019.
The lecture will be uniquely illustrated with photographs from the pilots’ own collections. It will be followed by Jim Nicolson, nephew of James Nicolson VC, giving an illustrated and interactive talk about his uncle, titled ‘Battle of Britain VC’. Dilip will then present a further hour, ‘The Blast of War’, concerning his wider work on the missing, casualties, including his major Arnhem book project titled ‘Arnhem 1944: The Human Tragedy of the Bridge Too Far’ and exhibition to be based on the book at the Airborne Museum. Tickets cost £15 each, booking via the link at the bottom of the page.
Dilip has also just finished writing a new book on Battle of Britain pilot Brian Lane and 19 Squadron, through 1938-41. At 130,000 words long, it will include nearly 300 photos. It will be published by Pen & Sword next year. “I’m hoping to launch it at Bentley Priory on 6 July,” says Dilip. “On that day I will be presenting about the Few and 19 Squadron specifically, and Jim will again deliver his VC session. All in support of the Museum.”
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