In the next of their series of special events, the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop, Hampshire will see Brian Wood MC visit the Museum to tell his story ‘Double-Crossed’.
This very special evening will be presented in and amongst the many Museum exhibits in the stunning surroundings of the Hayward Hall.
At the age of 23, Brian was thrust into the front line in Iraq, in the infamous Battle of Danny Boy. Ambushed, he led a charge across open ground with insurgents firing at just five soldiers.
On his return, he was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, by Queen Elizabeth II following his courageous leadership under enemy fire.
During a 16-year military career, Brian led British troops across the full spectrum of battle, from training to fighting; from operations in the Balkans to high intensity combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But Brian's story had only just begun. Struggling to re-integrate into family life, he suffered from PTSD. Then, five years later, a letter arrived: summoning Brian to give evidence at the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of war crimes by British soldiers during the Iraq invasion of 2003.
After years of public shame, Brian took the stand and delivered a powerful testimony, and following the tense inquiry room scenes, justice was finally served. Phil Shiner, the lawyer who made the false accusations, was struck off and stripped of an honorary doctorate. Brian’s story was later commissioned for a BBC dramatisation.
Brian has been open about his struggles with PTSD and anxiety while also supporting ‘Walking with the Wounded’s’ mental health programmes to help others, raising £160,000 for the charity in 2021 when he ran twenty-five marathons in twenty-five days to remember the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan.
At his special event at the Army Flying Museum, audience members will hear the full extent of Brian’s story and the evening will also be live streamed on the Museum’s website. A live Q&A session will take place following the talk with both Museum and online audience members able to participate. Brian will also be signing copies of his book following the event.
Tickets to attend the event in the Museum on 26 February at 7pm are just £12, with online pay per view £8. For further information or to book, visit www.armyflying.com
The talk will also be recorded for catch up viewing after the event through the Museum website.
Interviews – Brian Wood is available for interview, please contact me at email@example.com if you would like to arrange this.