Major General Stanisław Sosabowski became one of the most senior Polish commanders during the Second World War.
By September 1939 he was commanding 21st Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Warsaw against overwhelming German forces. In 1941 he formed the First Polish Independent Parachute Brigade which he trained and commanded for the next three years. Although created for the liberation of Poland, the Brigade, led by the author, parachuted into Arnhem in September 1944 and fought with great courage.
Professor Hal holds a Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Brighton. He was the first scientists ever to be allowed to do explosive demonstrations in the House of Commons in in 2011 and again in 2014. Unlike Guido Fawkes, Prof Hal’s explosives did work.
Professor Hal has made it his business to be the ambassador of the Sosabowski family in terms of disseminating the story of General Sosabowski and Dr Major Sosabowski. He has toured Holland with his lecture “General Sosabowski/Major Sosabowski, Operation Market Garden and the History of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade” and given the lecture around the UK and Europe. For his efforts in promoting the Brigade Prof Hal was awarded the last of the ZPS (Związek Polskich Spadochroniarzy, Polish Parachute Association) Gold Badge. The first was awarded to the General.
The event will take place on 12 May 2022 at 18:30 BST.