Broadcaster’s talk on Battle of the Atlantic at Portsmouth Grammar School

Jonathan Dimbleby
Jonathan Dimbleby
Chris Hayward is presented with a certificate by Captain Andy Jordan at HMS Collingwood after 42 years' service with the navy Picture: Keith Woodland

Navy employee retires after 42 years

  • Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby has written a new book looking at the Battle of the Atlantic
  • It was a decisive battle during the Second World War
  • Will give talk and sign copies at Portsmouth Grammar School
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BROADCASTER Jonathan Dimbleby is visiting Portsmouth to discuss his new book on one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War.

The author will talk about his new book – The Battle Of The Atlantic – at Portsmouth Grammar School’s David Russell Theatre.

This is an epic story told by a wonderfully incisive, writer

Marie Telford

Mr Dimbleby was invited by Marie Telford from Hayling Island Bookshop.

She said: ‘We heard Jonathan speak at a book trade event a few years ago and have been trying to get him to come to one of our events ever since.

‘It is entirely fitting that Jonathan should come to this city to talk about this period in history.

‘Portsmouth Naval Base is the oldest in the Royal Navy and it has been an important part of the senior service’s history and the defence of the British Isles for centuries.

‘This is an epic story told by a wonderfully incisive writer’.

The Battle of the Atlantic is often overlooked but was crucial to the Allied victory. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed.

Mass hunger would have consumed Britain and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day.

The story is told through contemporary diaries and letters, from the leaders and from the sailors on all sides.

It also looks at the use of intelligence and Churchill’s bombing campaign.

James Priory, headteacher of Portsmouth Grammar, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Jonathan Dimbleby.

‘It is a great opportunity for our community to learn more about the Battle of The Atlantic and its significant links to Portsmouth from an expert in his field. 

‘Jonathan will be the third Dimbleby to have walked through the famous PGS arch – his brother, David, hosted an edition of Question Time at the school in 2012 and Nicholas Dimbleby is the sculptor of the magnificent centre rose in the ceiling of the Rotunda in our music school’.

The event is November 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £22 and include a copy of the book.

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