Popular lecturer returns to parish church with talk on Hess

Maj Gen Peter Williams
Maj Gen Peter Williams

Buckingham Parish Church is once again hosting a talk by the distinguished former senior intelligence officer and Cold War spy Maj Gen Peter Williams CMG OBE.

Maj Gen Peter Williams, who read history at Cambridge, has had a fascinating life full of espionage and intelligence.

His insight into the human aspects of history was gained from his time as an operational commander and military diplomat during and after the Cold War. He was also the commanding officer of Buckingham rector Will Pearson-Gee when both men served in the Coldstream Guards.

Maj Gen Williams received an enthusiastic reception to his talk about Russia and its people last year. And in 2013, he gave a fascinating talk about his life as a licensed spy against the Soviet army in East Germany in the 1980s.

Rudolf Hess – A Most Curious Life and Death is the subject of his talk this year, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 14.

Maj Gen Williams will tell an extraordinary story of 75 years ago. Hess was Hitler’s deputy from 1933 until his strange, lone wartime flight to Scotland in May 1941 to try to negotiate a personal peace deal with Britain.

Maj Gen Williams met Hess – Prisoner No 7 at Berlin’s Spandau Prison – several times, both as his guard commander and as an interpreter.

In an informative and humorous talk, he will share his fascination with the life of Hess, from the man’s Nazi beginnings, through the Second World War and into the Cold War.

Tickets £10 on the door, students £4, schoolchildren free. Price includes nibbles and a free glass of wine or soft drink after the talk.