Visitors to London in June can enjoy hearing writer and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby giving a talk on the battle of El Alamein in 1942 and the events leading up to it, one of the key points in the second world war.
The talk, given on June 13th at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, will examine a point in the war of which Winston Churchill said: “This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Seeking to analyse the events of the north Africa campaign, Mr Dimbleby will try to put the battle in its context. While on the surface much is made of the military tactics of field marshals Montgomery and Rommel, the political decisions and other factors involved are also taken into account to give a full picture of a theatre of war where the outcome was very much in doubt until the decisive defeat of the Axis powers in the Libyan desert.
It means those keen to hear the famous figure speak will be able to gain a deeper understanding of a key moment in modern military history, one that was followed by the successful invasion of Italy the following year and its ultimate removal from the war to leave Germany as the only Axis power in Europe.
The museum itself offers free access during the daytime, so visitors staying in Mayfair hotels London can enjoy a look round before the talk, which starts at 19:00.
Entry to hear Mr Dimbleby speak costs £10 for adults, while advance concessionary tickets are available for £7.50.
The museum is located on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea and can be reached with a walk of between ten and 15 minutes from the nearest Tube station at Sloane Square, which is served by the District and Circle Lines.