Normandy 1944 - a legacy to the 43rd Wessex Division
The 43rd Wessex Division was a Territorial Division that served with distinction in the Second World War on the Western Front from June 1944 until May 1945, suffering heavy casualties but gaining an excellent reputation.
Based on interviews with members of the Division, Lt Col (Retd) Ian Holmes presents an illustrative talk on the anniversary of D-Day.
He will be joined by special guest Bill Edwardes, who was employed as a Stretcher Bearer throughout the War, and experienced much bitter fighting on Hill 112, near Caen, on Mont Pincon, at the crossing of the River Seine at Vernon, and at Arnhem.
He finished the War, still with the same Division, which was then the most forward of all elements in the British 2nd Army. Since then, he became Secretary of the 43rd Wessex Association and, subsequently, the last Chairman of the, now disbanded, Association.