BMMHS Evening Zoom Talk: Operation Pedestal
Speaker: Col (retd) David Vassallo
Wednesday 14th July 2021; 7:30pm
Malta GC and Operation Pedestal
About the speaker - Col (retd) David Vassallo FRCSEd MA L/RAMC
David Vassallo, originally from Malta, is a consultant military general surgeon who served for
35 eventful years in the Royal Army Medical Corps before retiring in 2018. He has extensive field hospital experience in war zones, his first deployment being to the First Gulf War, followed by multiple tours in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.
David also has a passion for military history, particularly relating to Malta and to military medicine, with three books to his name. He has published articles on the history of Camp Bastion Hospital in Afghanistan, and chapters on the history of Operations Telic and Herrick at the behest of the Surgeon General for the official medical history of these campaigns; he has a Masters in the History of Warfare from King’s College London, his dissertation being on the transformation of the UK’s Defence Medical Services in conflict from 1990 – 2015. He is now Chairman, Friends of Millbank (the former Royal Army Medical College in London), www.friendsofmillbank.org, organising monthly online talks which celebrate the history, achievements and ongoing relevance of military medicine.
His chosen charity is the Museum of Military Medicine – he is raising funds for this Museum’s forthcoming move from Aldershot to a stunning new location in Cardiff Bay in 2023.
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