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