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 Napoleonic times to the present day.   

Our talks will be given by writers, academics, former military personnel, and experts and will cover a wide variety of topics and events – hopefully an interesting cocktail to encourage you to join us.  Based in Woodcote Village Hall RG8 0QY (near Wallingford) in South Oxfordshire. We have a full schedule of events arranged for the coming months including talks on Taranto, the Cold War, the Falklands and the Battle of the Atlantic.

The next BMMHS meeting is on Wednesday 13th November

Will be a presentation given by Major-General Gordon Risius.

Military justice is back in the news. 

Fifteen years after Parliament granted posthumous pardons to the 306 British soldiers executed following courts-martial during the Great War, another campaign is gathering pace.  This time the call is for Parliament to protect military veterans from prosecution years after the event.

The Services are unique in their ability to try service personnel for offences against the law of the land wherever in the world they were committed.  In the case of purely military offences, they alone have jurisdiction.  In the case of civil offences, they normally share jurisdiction with the British criminal courts or, in the case of offences committed abroad, the courts of the receiving state.

The Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact in 1991.  A decade earlier the British Army of the Rhine was part of this country’s contribution to NATO’s defence of Western Europe.

Maj Gen Gordon Risius

At the BMMHS meeting on 13th November 2019, a former Director of Army Legal Services will talk about the court-martial of a British soldier on exercise with his regiment in West Germany who was accused of murdering a local German girl, together with some of the important changes made to military law since that trial. 

Ticket Pricing, Reservations and Venue Directions

Entry cost is just £8, payable on the door,  and will include the talk and a Q & A, drinks, light snacks (sandwiches etc.) and a contribution to a military charity. Car parking is available on site. Everyone is welcome.
 
Due to high demand and in order to secure a seat for this event, please contact us on info@bmmhs.org and we will confirm availability.  There will only be a limited number of unreserved seats available at the door.
 
Contact us on info@bmmhs.org  or through our website www.bmmhs.org about future talks and activities, any articles you wish to be included and if you know of any speakers who could help us.
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Court martial panel

Next Meeting Wednesday 13th November; Woodcote Village Hall RG8 0QY 7:30pm
Major General Gordon Risius

The sad case of Signalman Taylor – The Story of a Remarkable Murder Court-Martial

 

New Talk Announcement October 2020: Bill King - The Air Transport Auxiliary: Unsung heroes of World War II

Flt.-Capt. Miss Joan Hughes had over 600 flying hours behind her at the age of 22, ferried four-engined bombers, and was the only woman instructress on all types of aircraft.

New Article from Steve Richards:
J landers Fighter Ace

Fighter Ace John Landers
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Wantage Remembers - Monday 14th October

Wantage & the sinking of HMS Royal Oak
Remember the fallen - HMS Royal Oak
Wantage HMS Royal Oak
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Wantage & the sinking of HMS Royal Oak

New Article - The sinking of HMS Royal Oak by Trevor Hancock

Book Review

The authentic description of a glider pilot’s experience at the Battle of Arnhem in 1944, from the take-off to his escape. A graphic, detailed, and most absorbing account.

Just Some of the talks already arranged for 2020

Squadron Leader Ulf Burberry’s crew run towards a Handley Page Victor of No. 15 (XV) Squadron during a demonstration scramble at RAF Cottesmore, June © IWM, RAF-T 1018

Bill Pyke - Sir John Slessor – An unsung Cold War Strategist - March 2020

THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC. JULY 1941, WESTERN APPROACHES COMMAND, DERBY HOUSE, LIVERPOOL. OPERATIONS AND TACTICAL COMMAND FOR THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC IS LOCATED DOWN BELOW THE GROUND IN SECRET WARRENS, BUILT OF STEEL AND CONCRETE. MEN OF THE ROYAL NAVY, ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE, AND ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE AS WELL AS WRENS WORK DAY AND NIGHT IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH THE RAF. (A 4527) The Operations Room, with its large map on which small symbols and flags show every move in the Battle of the Atlantic. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205138797

Robin Brodhurst - The Battle of the Atlantic: the Turning Point - May 2020

Previous Meeting: October

Prof John Buckley: A Bridge Too Far Myth & Reality

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations

Chris Munns - Cold War – RN Submarine Operations - June 2020

Taranto the sinking of the Italian fleet in World war Two

Paul Beaver - The Battle of Taranto - September 2020

Memorial service for 75th anniversary of the loss of Halifax VII, NP681 RCAF that crashed at Newnham Manor Farm, Crowmarsh Gifford.

426 (Thunderbird) Squadron RCAF.
Wing Commander (Ret) Jim Wright DFC, former navigator with the Bomber Command Pathfinder Force

Click to see full BMMHS event listing page.

Contact us at info@bmmhs.org