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Major General Peter Williams

Major General Peter Williams

On Friday, November 6th, Major General Peter Williams CMG OBE informed and entertained an audience of sixth-formers with his fascinating adventures from the Cold War, where he served as an Officer in the British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission (BRIXMIS) to the Soviet Forces in Germany.

General Williams’s wittily delivered speech consisted of a series of authentic photographs, where he chronologically explained his story touring around Eastern Germany. Sprinkled with amusing anecdotes, his talk truly captured the importance of treating the adversary on the other side of the Iron Curtain with respect and fairness.

By transporting the audience back to a time before GPS, satellite imagery and digital cameras, he provoked us to think about living on the road without the luxuries of modern technology, giving us an insight into the work of BRIXMIS, where cooperation and comradery were of paramount importance.

Report by George Willcox, H Social, 6.2 (Picture by James Crosthwaite-Eyre, D Social, 6.2)

 

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