Parsons Period Presentations (PPP) has been enjoying a particularly eventful October. Firstly, as the historical advisor to an MOD ran WW2 battlefield study of Southern Italy. Guiding from the beaches of Paestrum (South of Salerno), up to the Monastery of Monte Cassino over a period of five days
A veteran of the landings at Paestrum September 1943, proudly sharing her picture as a child held in the arms of some of the “GI’s” of the 36th Texas Division.
As can be seen in these pictures, the tour was a great success.
It began in mid-September with a study day, that saw the usual PPP hands on history approach for all those taking part.
In addition to the above tour Parsons Period Presentations have been involved in reviewing and marketing the following books:
This is the personal account of Sam Knowles, a tank crewman of the 16th/5th Lancers during the Italian Campaign of World War Two. This is a particularly useful primary resource account, from a Soldier’s perspective of the Battles around Monte Cassino.
Secondly “Her Heart of Survival and Hope”
The author of this work is a young lady who served with me on Operations ten years ago. It tells the story of a young veteran of conflict that suffers domestic abuse.
Parsons Period Presentations (PPP) has had an Awesome August. Even in the School holiday season, PPP is still very busy. Please be sure to remember that here at PPP, delivering quality hands on historical presentations isn’t limited to term time!
Please see a sample of what PPP has delivered in August.
Cpl and young Pte Parsons presenting at Scarborough Castle with English Heritage.
Bells cast in memory of First World War battles near Ypres were on show for the final time, at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, before being transported to the Belgian town. St George's Memorial Church in Ypres was built to honour tens of thousands of servicemen who died, but funds ran out before bells were fitted. The eight new bells were on show at the Great Dorset Steam Fair before being installed in the church in September. The bells were commissioned by a group of English bell-ringers, who raised more than £195,000 from public and charitable donations. The set was transported on 22 August from Loughborough foundry, John Taylor & Co, on two World War One era lorries. The vehicles will left England on 29 August before participating in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate the following day.
St George's, an Anglican church, was built in 1927 for the community of the Imperial War Graves Commission which had sprung up in the Belgian town, but the bell tower has stood empty since.
The Bells were escorted by an honour Guard led by Private Parsons and colleagues from the 10th Essex and Royal West Kent Regiment living history groups.