Freddie Hunn – Film 1In 1937, when war seemed inevitable, Freddie Hunn joined the 12th Royal Lancers. He opted for an amoured car regiment partly because of his friends and partly because he loved vehicles. When the war broke out the Lancers were sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force. Initially there was a period of inactivity as the cold winter set-in.
Freddie Hunn – Film 2As the winter eases positions are held along the Belgian rivers to keep the Germans out of France. Then it's Blitzkrieg. The German forces advance rapidly and a rapid withdrawal ensues. Freddie recalls one Stuka strafing incident that kills many refugees.
Freddie Hunn – Film 3A continual retreat with instructions to destroy anything left behind. Finally reaching the coast the 12th Lancers help thousands of people off the beaches at De Panne before Freddie boards a boat for home and recalls the journey.
Freddie Hunn – Film 4Throughout his military service Freddie had a great deal of good fortune. In this film he reflects on one moment in particular.
Freddie Hunn – Film 5Back in Britain and it's time to prepare for an expected German Invasion. He was based at Long Melford and receives training on little Beaverettes and the use of Molotov Cocktails. There's also talk of a flaming sea.
Freddie Hunn – Film 6Freddie boardes The Highland Brigade on an Atlantic convoy to South Africa. On arrival he's ordered to escort a ViP General around the front line and comes under attack. He also recalls an amazing moment where a German Convoy of vehicles could have finished him and his troop off.
Freddie Hunn – Film 7Life as a Desert Rat. Water was always in short supply and Freddie talks about survival.
Freddie Hunn – Film 8With shells and Stuka's dropping on them on most days many of the troop were suffering the signs of shell shock. Freddie recalls one incident where he has to dig deep to ward off abject terror.
Freddie Hunn – Film 9It's hard to imagine the scale of the desert where Freddie and his troop were fighting. Despite mile upon mile of emptiness when the enemy came into sight, it was very difficult to hide.
Freddie Hunn – Film 10A short six day spell of rest in Cairo and then a long drive back to his troop and the first Battle of El Alamein. Freddie has another very near miss
Freddie Hunn – Film 11Major Hunn describes the noise and fireworks of the Battle of El Alamein. There's then an amusing moment with a German POW who meets his match in a running race.
Major Freddie Hunn gives a brilliant account of his military service up top to the end of the Nth African campaign. He served with the 12th Royal Lancers and sailed to France with the British Expeditionary Force. We know how that ended. <p> <p>What's not so often heard is what it was really like to be a Desert Rat. Freddie fills in a lot of the details. Frustratingly, we never met again. Freddie passed away in 2015.