A HUDDERSFIELD University student with an ‘obsession’ in military history is to investigate more about his favourite subject – and has invited others to get involved too.
Mike Kirby, who is studying humanities at the University’s Barnsley campus, has set up a Military History Studies Society and is organising a walk over Langsett Moor, a former training ground for soldiers in World War Two.
Mike, 52, said: “Its a lovely area of moorland, but what many people don’t know is that during World War Two it was used as a tank firing range. Late in the war, the firing range was expanded in order to train tank crews in readiness for D-Day.”
Mike, a former firefighter, decided to set up the society after being backed by the Student Union at the university and he was surprised at the number of people interested.
“When they held an open day I brought some firearms in for people to look at. A lot of people soon came out of the closet as fans and we have around 24 on board now.”
The society has a programme of events, with the Langsett Moor walk taking place this Sunday, the 66th anniversary of D-Day.
It will include wildlife spotting and local history and should last around two hours. People will meet at 10am at Langsett Barn car park. Email Mike at U0966652@hud.ac.uk for details.