Meet Monty at half term

Monty in his map caravan with King George VI
Monty in his map caravan with King George VI

Field Marshal ‘Monty’ Montgomery will be taking centre stage at IWM Duxford’s half-term activities.

A history interpreter dressed as a member of the general’s 8th Army will show visitors Monty’s own tank and his three caravans.

These campaign vehicles are exactly as Monty left them at the end of the Second World War.

He lived, worked and planned his campaigns inside the historic vehicles and they are now exhibited in the museum’s land Warfare section.

Of his bedroom caravan, which once belonged to his adversary Rommel, Monty said: “I would turn out of this caravan for only two people – the King, George VI, and Winston Churchill.”

Monty’s life as one of the most famous military commanders will be told every day between 12.30 and 3pm from Saturday, February 14 to Sunday, February 22.

From 10.30am until 2.30pm visitors will be shown the Avro Lancaster bombers and learn how they worked and the roles the crew played with the chance to handle equipment and uniforms.

Talks will be held at 10.30am, 11.15am and 12pm.

And from 10.30am until 2.30pm aircraft-themed keyrings will be made for school bags.

February half term activities are included in the admission price.