Some more of the fascinating stories that have come in over the last week…Hovering across the Pond (Harrier Air Race to New York), The Great Escape, Flak House, Football under fire , A dearly cherished and courageous son, Life in Romford in the Blitz, Gallipoli and My unplanned holiday in...
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 BMMHS meetings previously planned for April, May, June and July 2020 are all CANCELLED due to COVID-19
Thank you for your contributions to Operation Bookworm so far....Please keep them coming !
‘What a marvellous time — during the privations of ‘lockdown’ — to ask us to turn out our family archives and contribute to the BMMHS’s first publication. And no better charity than Blind Veterans UK to receive any profit from this great initiative. It will be a pleasure to contribute.’ – Major-General Dair Farrar-Hockley MC.
What is Operation Bookworm?
With time on the hands of many of us during the wretched COVID19 pandemic, this is the ideal chance to put together a bit about a family members experiences – military or civilian – in the military conflicts of the last 200 years.
We are looking to produce a book with profits to the Blind Veterans UK charity comprising a bit of your own family history – it could be your own experiences, your Father or Mother’s, your sons, your grandads, an aunt or uncle.
Almost everyone has someone in the family with a tale to tell, and when you start asking or researching you will be surprised what you find out. From my family, we have an uncle who landed on Gold beach on D+1, a great uncle who served in the Royal Artillery in WW1 and is buried in Flanders, two aunts who were evacuees, and another uncle who landed at Gallipoli in 1915. Somewhere in your bookshelf, in a drawer or your loft you may well have the military records and papers and other memorabilia that would make an interesting story.
We only want a short article – from a couple of paragraphs to 3 pages ideally with some photos/documents – certainly not War and Peace or a lengthy, detailed history of a military career. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar etc – we can amend documents – but ultimately they will be your words. Of course, you may have something written or even published already, so send it across.
For all articles we would like your permission to publish then in all or part on our website, on Facebook and ultimately in a book.
If you would like to contribute, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your ideas.
Get researching and start writing – good luck, and of course stay safe and well.
The BMMHS Team
What you are saying about Operation Bookworm
We are also delighted to have the support for Bookworm of Major-General Dair Farrar-Hockley MC. ‘What a marvellous time — during the privations of ‘lockdown’ — to ask us to turn out our family archives and contribute to the BMMHS’s first publication. And no better charity than Blind Veterans UK...
On This Day: 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, boarding HMS 'Triumph' at Portsmouth bound for Cyprus, 4 June 1951. They went to Cyprus during the Anglo-Iranian oil crisis. Later was flown into Egypt in December for a tour of duty in the Suez Canal Zone. © NAM. 1999-06-88-1 https://t.co/RR9T7w2ta2...
On This Day: Soldiers wait on the beach for evacuation. By 3 June 1940, 328,000 Allied troops had been taken off the Dunkirk beaches and shipped back to England. Thanks to the efforts of the Royal Navy and hundreds of civilian ships that crossed the Channel. © NAM. 2004-10-15924 https://t.co/OF5IPIguoF...
Sadly These Talks Cancelled - COVID-19
Hopefully NORMAL SERVICE will resume Wednesday 9th September 2020
Taranto - The Sinking of the Italian Fleet
Assumes the current COVID-19 restrictions will no longer apply by then.
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 email@example.com We will then confirm your reservation back to you if seats are available.
If you have any other questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to our meeting.
What you are saying about
BMMHS Meetings 2021 Include
Our Last Talk and New Articles
Sir John Slessor - An unsung Cold War Strategist and his role as the architect of British Airborne Nuclear Deterrence.
Sir John Slessor
Speaker: Bill Pyke
An article by Steve Richards
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