The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

REHS Normandy 75 Study Day-Fri 18 October 2019

0930 – 1000 Registration, tea and coffee
Normandy 75 Exhibition in the Auditorium
1000 – 1015 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Maj Gen (Retd) Mungo Melvin CB OBE
Including the launch of the Brompton Guide.
1015 – 1055 Keynote Speaker
Prof John Buckley
An overview of the Normandy Campaign.
Panel 1 – Fighting the Campaign, introduced by
Major General (Retd) Mungo Melvin CB OBE
1100 – 1120 Sapper geologists - roles in planning for D-Day and beyond
Dr Col (Retd) Ted Rose
Key roles of RE staff officers (geology) at HQ 21st Army Group -
beaches, airfields, water supply, quarrying and ‘going’.
1120 – 1140 The Devils Garden - Why was Omaha so bloody?
Lt Col Nips Adams RE
Exploring how the topography, defences and German forces combined to
great effect on D-Day.
1140 – 1200 Hobart’s Funnies – The development of the
79th Armoured Division
Mr Martin Stoneham
A brief overview of the origins, development and innovation that led to the
creation of a very specialised new mobility capability.
1200 – 1220 Panel Discussion
Chair: Maj Gen (Retd) Mungo Melvin CB OBE
1220 – 1225 Overlord Wargame Back-brief
Maj Gen (Retd) John Drewienkiewicz CB CMG
War game to be on display behind the auditorium seating.
1225 – 1230 Normandy 75 Exhibition Overview
Rebecca Nash
An outline of the artefacts and material on display from the RE Museum.
1230 – 1320 Lunch  
Panel 2 – Sustaining the Campaign, introduced by
Lieutenant Colonel Nips Adams RE
1320 – 1340 PLUTO – The lifeblood of the Army
WO2 Traynor RE
Overview of the conveyance of fuel to the deployed forces from D-Day and
through the Normandy campaign.
1340 – 1400 ‘Piers that must float up and down’
Mr Charles Reed
The development of a pre-fabricated harbour to sustain an Army Group through a fighting campaign.
1400 – 1420 Airfields across Normandy
Maj Mark Teeton RE
Overview of the prolific construction of airfields across Normandy in the summer of 1944.
1420 – 1440 Panel Discussion
Chair: Lt Col Nips Adams RE
1440 – 1500 Closing Remarks - Learning from Normandy 75
Maj Gen (Retd) Mungo Melvin CB OBE
With contributions from a number of individuals.