St Peter's School
Eminent journalist, broadcaster and historian Jonathan Dimbleby has been retelling the story of what he calls the “greatest naval struggle in history” at the York Literature Festival.
An audience of over 300 at St Peter’s heard Dimbleby recount the key decisions that lead to British victory in the Atlantic, covering everything from the disagreements in high command, to the deciphering of the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park.
Using contemporary diary entries, letters and correspondence from those involved, Dimbleby illustrated the humanity and horror endured by combatants and civilians on both sides of the conflict.
Dimbleby, who hosts Any Questions and World Questions on BBC Radio 4, also discussed with the audience the levels of American involvement in the battle, the role of Yorkshire’s very own ‘Little Polar Bears’ Regiment in Iceland, and the parallels between the military decision making of WWII and that of modern warfare.
Ben Fuller, who hosted the evening, said: “Jonathan’s lecture painted a really vivid picture of this crucial battle, and highlighted the extraordinary importance of British victory in the Atlantic. His insight into the corridors of power was especially fascinating, and demonstrated just how important it was to have strong leadership in those trying times. I would like to thank Jonathan for a captivating and enlightening evening."