Meetings / Events
24/10/2018 - The German Ardennes Offensive - December 1944
Popularly known as the 'Battle of the Bulge', PFS member Michael Forrest recounts one of the largest and most costly campaigns of the Second World War.
28/11/2018 - Captain Scott's CPOs - Crean, Evans and Lashly
A talk by PFS member Geoff Hallett about the Chief Petty Officers of 'Scott of the Antarctic' ill-fated expedition.
27/02/2019 - Commander 'Buster' Crabb - What Really Happened?
A fascinating talk by Dr. John Bevan of the Historical Diving Society who will provide an expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Commander Crabb during a spying mission on a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.
The 2018 issue of The Redan is now available, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 13th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 15th October.
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The development of Fort Gilkicker
to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again.
According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the
investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from
Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so
are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main
frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not
able to see the project through to the end."
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Freshwater Redoubt For Sale
Details have circulated in the press and the following can be found on the Daily Mail website:
‘Security won't be a worry with this stunning property - a 160-year-old former fort built to defend the Isle of Wight from the threat of the French Navy. The once-functional military building is now a beautiful home perched on a cliff with one of the UK's best coastal views. Freshwater Redoubt still has its old ramparts, tunnels and gun emplacements, as well as a helicopter landing pad and its own beach which is only accessible by boat or at low tide. The house, which can be an eight-bedroom home or divided up into several smaller properties, is now on the market with Biles and Co for £3million. Known as Fort Redoubt, the building was created in 1855-56 to protect Freshwater Bay on the western end of the island, which was a possible landing beach for enemy troops to attack the Needles Battery.’