Battle of Britain 1940

David Russell

BLHS Monthly Meeting Saturday, 12th November 2023

at 7.00 pm, United Reformed Church (above Iceland), Bitterne Precinct

David is a Maritime and Military Historian born in Portsmouth and descended from several generations of British Seafarers. He spent part of his early childhood living in Malta before returning home to study at Boarding School and Maritime College where he trained as a Merchant Navy Officer before serving aboard Ocean Tankers and a large diversity of Fleet Auxiliary and Naval Support Vessels.

The late 1970s found him working as a Musician/Entertainer aboard cruise ships in the Eastern Mediterranean and he later became a Tour Group Manager all over the world.

Since he retired from his latter-day career as Dockmaster of a UK Yacht Harbour in 2011, David has been a Guest Speaker with several major Cruise Lines giving talks about Naval and Military events during World War II.

In addition to his current sea-going duties, David also serves as a Volunteer Watchkeeper with the National Coastwatch Institution in its operational role within the UK Maritime Search & Rescue Service. All proceeds from his local talks are donated towards the operating costs of the Gosport National Coastwatch Station which relies entirely upon public donation for its funding.

After the fall of France in 1940, Britain stood alone against the advancing German War Machine and the imminent threat of an enemy invasion of southern England. Britain’s only real defence was Royal Air Force Fighter Command

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”!

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