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.   

With top quality talks given by writers, academics, former military personnel, and experts in their field with a wide variety of topics, we are 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.

COVID-19 has put the meetings in the hall on hold for the time being. We are looking to resume when guidelines permit and it is safe to do so. In the meantime twice monthly Zoom Talks are currently scheduled during 2021.

Our schedule of monthly meetings and talks range from El Alamein, the Battle of Britain,  the Suez crisis and much more – something to appeal to everyone.  Check out the full programme and talk details on the website or our Facebook pages. 

BMMHS History Talks via Zoom

We shall continue a monthly Zoom talk and look to resume live meetings as soon as we can and it is deemed safe to do so. However with the uncertainty over COVID and the restrictions, the meetings we have organised may revert to Zoom talks. Check out the schedule of events for the exciting list of talks and meetings for the 2021 season. Please continue to check this website as events may change at short notice.

Next BMMHS Event

MI9 Escape and Evasion

Dr Helen Fry

MI9, the British Directorate of Military Intelligence Section 9, was a department of the War Office between 1939 and 1945. During World War II it was tasked with supporting available European Resistance networks and making use of them to assist Allied airmen shot down over Europe in returning to Britain. MI9 infiltrated agents, usually by parachute, into occupied Europe. These agents would link up with a Resistance cell and organize escape-and-evasion efforts in a particular area, usually after being notified by the Resistance of the presence of downed airmen. The agents brought false papers, money and maps to assist the downed airmen.

The usual routes of escape were either south to Switzerland or to southern France and then over the Pyrenees to Spain and Portugal. The group also facilitated the escapes of British prisoners of war both out of the prison camp and out of occupied Europe. It also communicated with British prisoners of war and sent them advice and equipment.

Members of MI9 included Airey Neave and Michael Bentine.

Meeting 8th Sept 2021
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Fundraising Appeal


BMMHS is helping to raise raise £1,000 to help support blind veterans through the COVID pandemic. Isolation amongst the elderly and visually impaired is an issue that communities across the UK are struggling to resolve and so help us raise funds for the Blind Veterans UK National Creative Project.

Glimpses of War

Volume 1

A compilation of military stories and eyewitness accounts to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK

Glimpses people

Glimpses of War is in Aid of Blind Veterans UK

Registered charity in England and Wales (216227) and in Scotland (SC039411). A percentage of royalties will be donated to Blind Veterans UK.
Terry Bullingham BVUK

In 1982, the Falklands War came to an end after 74 days of bloody battles and Argentina surrendering. 255 British servicemen lost their lives and many more were injured, including blind veteran Terry. Terry was on board the HMS Antrim and, while attempting to fight a fire onboard, lost his sight when he was targeted by an airstrike.

Terry is one of many who recounted their experiences in Glimpses of War – a collection of wartime stories in aid of Blind Veterans UK. Find out more or download a free chapter about the Falklands War.

The Book and Kindle Version available on Amazon


Our Last Talk and New Articles

Last Zoom Talk

Malta GC and Operation Pedestal

Col David Vassallo

New Article

Chuck Yeager

Steve Richards

Chuck Yeager Bell X-1
Chuck Yeager P 51

Book Review

Test Pilots of The Jet Age

Colin Higgs and Bruce Vigar

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