BMMHS Zoom Evening Talk: The Dover Patrol
Speaker: Robin Brodhurst
The Dover Patrol
This BMMHS Zoom Talk is scheduled to start at 7:30pm
The Dover Patrol
Zeebrugge Raid 1918
This talk takes as its start-point what we probably all learned at school: the Dover Patrol is synonymous with the Zeebrugge Raid, glorious bravery by the Royal navy and a great success. It then goes back to its origins, the men who commanded it and those who served in it along with their vessels. What were they trying to do, how did they do it and were they successful? It deals with the three commanders, some Kipling poetry, a destroyer built out of two different halves, and of course the Zeebrugge Raid – that failure that became a monument to one man’s determination to secure his place in History, Roger Keyes, and the remarkable bravery of those marines and bluejackets who tried to storm the mole and the lock gates.
About the Speaker - Robin Brodhurst
Robin Brodhurst was educated at Marlborough College, RMA Sandhurst, Goldsmiths’ College, London and Cambridge Universities. He served for 6 years as an officer in the Royal Green Jackets, and then, after university as a mature student, became a History teacher, ending as Head of History for 22 years at Pangbourne College.
He has published Churchill’s Anchor, a biography of Dudley Pound, and edited The Bramall Papers. He is working on editing a collection of his grandfather’s correspondence with Sir Donald Bradman as well as a volume of documents on Anglo-American Naval Relations between 1939 and 1941. He is a keen cricketer and jazz enthusiast and lives in Newbury.
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