Welcome to the British Modern Military History Society

Welcome to the British Modern Military History Society.  Formed in early 2019, we organise monthly talks for anyone interested in military history over the last 200 years from Nelson’s times to the present day.   

We organise top quality talks given by writers, academics, former military personnel, and experts in their field with  a wide variety of topics – hopefully an interesting cocktail to encourage you to join us.  Based in Woodcote Village Hall RG8 0QY (near Wallingford) in South Oxfordshire, we can accommodate up to 100 people at each talk in pleasant surroundings, offering a warm and welcoming evening out.    

We have a full schedule of monthly talks scheduled throughout 2020 and most of 2021 on El Alamein, the Cold War, the Falklands, the Spanish Civil War and the Battle of the Atlantic and much more – something to appeal to everyone, we hope.  Check out the full programme and talk details on the website or our Facebook pages.  

The next BMMHS meeting is on Wednesday 11th March

Sir John Slessor - An unsung Cold War Strategist and his role as the architect of British Airborne Nuclear Deterrence.​

A presentation given by Bill Pyke

Doors Open at 7:00pm and the talk is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm

Mainstream Cold War historians usually concentrate on the key politicians, international crisis and the threat of nuclear weapons. However, little attention has been paid to the influence of Britain’s senior military leaders on defence policy, of whom he was a notable example. Bill argues that Slessor is an unsung Cold War strategist who played the pivotal role in making British Nuclear deterrence a physical reality. Slessor’s very active involvement ensured the implementation and build-up of the RAF’s complement of strategic jet bombers. It was Slessor who first coined the phrase ‘The ‘V’ Force’. That policy of defence through nuclear deterrence established the bedrock of British strategic defence thinking that continues to the present day.  

Bill will take us through the ‘smoke and mirrors’ that was Cold War strategy together with it’s political manoeuvring. Through the use of photographs, charts and maps Bill will seek to reinforce his belief that Sir John Slessor was truly a prime influence in formulating Britain’s airborne nuclear deterrent and the means to deliver it.

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RAF Association
The nominated Military Charity for this BMMHS Event
Avro Vulcan B.2, XH537, carrying a pair of dummy Skybolt missiles on underwing pylons. Trials with the missile had started at Avro's Weapons Research Division at Woodford, Cheshire, in November 1961 following an Anglo/ American agreement for the supply of up to 100 of the air-launched nuclear missiles which had been proposed as a way of extending the airborne nuclear deterrent into the next decade. Source: RAF, MOD
Vulcan bombers from RAF Waddington flying in formation in 1957. Source: RAF, MOD

Ticket Pricing, Reservations and Venue Directions

Entry cost is just £8, payable (cash only) on the door.  This includes your entry ticket to the talk, a Q & A, refreshments (beer, wine, soft drinks) and light snacks (sandwiches etc.).  At each talk, we also make a contribution to a military related charity of our speaker’s choice. We also hold a raffle at each talk.

Doors open at 7:00pm and talks are scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. Entrance to the main hall is via the main entrance on the Reading Road in Woodcote.

Car parking is available on site, but can get quite busy. Disabled parking and access to the hall is available. 

As many of our talks do ‘sell out’ in advance, we recommend you reserve your places well in advance to avoid disappointment by contacting us on info@bmmhs.org   We will then confirm your reservation back to you if seats are available.

If you have any other questions,  please contact us on info@bmmhs.org 

We look forward to welcoming you to our meeting.

P-38 Lightning crews of the 55th Fighter Group are briefed at Nuthampstead air base. 12th November 1943.  © IWM FRE 161
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The next three BMMHS talks....

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Wed 8th April 2020

The Battle of the Atlantic; The Turning point

Wed 5th February 2020

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations

Wed 10th June 2020

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10th March 2021

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I Knew The Few

14th April 2021

Col T E Lawrence

Lawrence of Arabia

12th May 2021

Our Last Talk and New Articles

February's Talk

Our Man In Hamburg

Speaker: Rob Dicketts

New Article

Pictures From a Forgotten War

An article by Nick Brazil

Nick Bazil Forgotten War
Click on image above for the article

Commemorative Event 23rd May 2020

The Loss of Whitley V N1380 DY-R France 1940

Mission Fraternité 2020
Mission Fraternité 2020
Whitley V RAF Driffield
Whitley V N1380 DY-R for Robert - Lost in France May 1940

Click to see full BMMHS event listing pages.

Contact us at info@bmmhs.org

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