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Reports of our lectures held during 2018-9

We have reported our lectures in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard for many years. Each year for some years we have gathered these together at the end of each season and published them in late summer as one of our newsletters. If you should look through our past Lectures page or our publications pages, you can find which Newsletters have reports in them. Back copies of some of our Newsletters may be available on request from our editor. A copying charge may be made. Since 2014 we now only publish these reports online. We will keep paper copies solely for archive purposes. In general reports will appear online about a month after they have appeared in the Wilts & Glos Standard. If you would like to write up a report on a particular talk, contact a committee member as early in the season as possible, as we arrange a rota to ensure that every talk is reported.

September 2018 Report 

 ‘Wot! No Engines? Horsa, The Silent Wooden Warrior’  

 James Rendell

 James Rendell, a local historian provided a fascinating insight into the story of the WW2 Horsa gliders and the significant contribution they made to the success of the D-Day invasion and the Arnhem landings in 1944. The Horsa gliders were constructed mainly of spruce with birch ply. This, together with careful design made them very strong. The timber sections were made by various companies with HH Martin of Cheltenham manufacturing 3500 cockpits in the 1943/44 period. These gliders were designed to carry heavy equipment or troops and set them down together in one place. The 88 foot (30m) wingspan and 67 foot (22m) length made the Horsa a large and notoriously difficult aircraft to fly. Pilots trained to fly other aircraft, including Spitfires, were often transferred to fly Horsas with very little training. To get them airborne, the gliders were towed behind Stirling and Halifax aircraft at speeds of up to 150 mph. To enable gliders not seriously damaged during landing to be re-used, a system of snatch - recovery was developed. This allowed the gliders to be hooked direct to an aircraft, in flight, testifying to the strength of their timber construction. Gloucestershire played a major part in the Horsa story with glider training at RAF Stoke Orchard; the assembly of gliders at Aston Down and Kemble and gliders full of troops and equipment for D-Day being towed out from RAF Fairford and RAF Down Ampney.    

Sep 2018 - James Rendell

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Feb 2019 - Croome Lecture- 

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Reports for season 2017-8

Page last updated 20 August 2018
© CAHS & contributors 2016-8 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society

Reports of our lectures held

during 2018-9

We have reported our lectures in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard for many years. Each year for some years we have gathered these together at the end of each season and published them in late summer as one of our newsletters. If you should look through our past Lectures page or our publications pages, you can find which Newsletters have reports in them. Back copies of some of our Newsletters may be available on request from our editor. A copying charge may be made. Since 2014 we now only publish these reports online. We will keep paper copies solely for archive purposes. In general reports will appear online about a month after they have appeared in the Wilts & Glos Standard. If you would like to write up a report on a particular talk, contact a committee member as early in the season as possible, as we arrange a rota to ensure that every talk is reported.

September  2018  Report coming shortly

       

Sep 2018

Oct 2018

Nov 2018

Jan 2019

Feb 2019

Mar 2019

Mar 2019 - CA Lecture -

Apr 2019

May 201

Reports for season 2017-8

Page last updated 20 August 2018