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About Henry Elkins

A keen researcher of family ancestors, Henry will be reporting on the centenary of World War One. More Posts

Aiming off …

Earlier this week I went to a showing of the new ‘feature’ documentary Spitfire, made by Altitude Films, produced by Mark Stuart and directed by David Fairhead and Ant Palmer, in a small art-house style cinema screening at Chichester in West Sussex. As a small boy in the 1950s and beyond I [...]

August 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

To 1944 and back

This may sound a degree absurd from someone in their sixties with a general interest in military history but last week I made my first-ever research trip to Normandy as a member of a small touring group spending five days ‘doing’ the D-Day Landings and elements of the 1944 Allied campaign to [...]

July 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

France :A History from Gaul to de Gaulle / John Julius Norwich

I always have a lot of respect for writers of non fiction whose preparation involves a lot of research and who can nonetheless produce a final work that is concise. Norman Stone wrote a brilliant short history of the First World War, Neal McGregor a superb but short history of Germany and now John [...]

July 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

A recce in France

Over the past three decades, as an amateur enthusiast without significant expert in the subject, I have done a good deal of military history research in all the usual places – not least in Belgium/France, Italy and Gallipoli (WW1) and in France, Belgium and Portugal (the Duke of Wellington at [...]

June 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Around and around

I have just returned from a stay with a pal of forty years and more, a far more well-read and sociable cove than me. It was a fascinating experience as I knew it would be. I’ve rarely read much purely for pleasure, which he does on practically a daily basis and I admire him for it. Instead I have [...]

June 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Getting it right, but also across …

In July, with four others. I am scheduled to take part in an (unguided) WW2 battlefield tour of Normandy. Actually in the interests of  accuracy I ought perhaps to qualify the term ‘unguided’: one of our number is an officially-accredited WW1 tour guide and all us are veterans of [...]

May 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

A night at the … er … Theatre

Last night I was privileged to join Tim Holford-Smith to see Rufus Hound star as Garry Essendine, an actor suffering something of a mid-life crisis, in the latest revival of Noel Coward’s semi-autobiographical Present Laughter at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a clever but perhaps (to 21st [...]

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera at War//George Kundahl

This is a most detailed account of World War 2 on the Riviera by American writer George Kundahl. Sometimes it is difficult to extricate themes from the mass of statistic. Nonetheless the account serves to enlighten the reader on a relatively undocumented region and theatre of war. The Riviera [...]

April 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so queer as folk (again)

It is a universal given that there are certain types – one might say stereotypes – of executives in all walks of life. We could all list our own selection and I trust I won’t bore the reader unduly by offering a version of mine as an opening gambit: *the unrestrainable and supremely [...]

March 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

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