Max Hasting’s speech on Italy, 1943

Guests at the Trust’s fundraising dinner at Brown’s Hotel, London, on May 30th 2012 had the pleasure of hearing an address by Sir Max Hastings, one of the most prolific modern writers on military conflict. His writing is based on 11 years as a war reporter covering conflicts in Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Biafra and the Falklands. He was famously the first journalist into Port Stanley.

Editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard, he was knighted in 2002. His most recent book is an encycoplaedic account of the Second World War, All Hell Let Loose. For him, his role as an historian is “telling the truth about what happened, even if it is uncomfortable and doesn’t feed the patriotic myths”.

Hastings speech May 30 2012