War memorabilia talks are going great guns

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A MILITARY museum will hold its second demonstration as part of a series of talks on war memorabilia.

The Heugh Battery Museum, on Hartlepool’s Headland, will hold the talk and demonstration, following the success of last week’s event which focused on the Lee Enfield rifle.

This week’s event, to be held tomorrow, will be looking at Mauser rifles and members of the public will get a unique opportunity to handle and examine the rifle and other historic weapons.

Mausers were the main rifle of the German Army from the late 19th Century until 1945 and formed the basic format of most bolt action rifles in use today.

Various examples of Mauser’s work and other wartime artefacts will also be available for inspection during the event.

Historian Joe Foster, a director at the museum who has written a book called Defences of the North-East, will be giving the talk.

John “Taffy” Southcott, the venue’s chairman, said: “We had around 20 people at last week’s event, which was good for a first start.

“They had read about it beforehand in the Mail and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.

“They were a very appreciative and very knowledgeable audience and asked really good questions.”

He added that it will be interesting to get an insight into a gun used by the Germany Army, following on from last week’s demonstration on the Lee Enfield rifles, which were used by the British troops.

This informal evening is one of a series where people are invited to view items in the museum’s collection which are normally hidden from sight.

Other talks, all to be held on a Tuesday evening at the museum, will feature topics including modern firearms, artillery, military vehicles and the battery itself.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and a bar and refreshments are available.

Tickets are £2.50 and can be bought on the door.

For more information, call the museum on (01429) 270746.