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 rest of 2020. We are looking to resume when guidelines permit and it is safe to do so. In the meantime twice monthly Zoom Talks are scheduled for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

We have a full schedule of monthly meetings scheduled throughout all of 2021 and into 2022 on El Alamein, the Battle of Britain, the Cold War, the Falklands 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. 

BMMHS History Talks via Zoom

In the absence of live talks in the village hall, we are running a full series of talks via Zoom from August until December 2020. These will run twice monthly.  

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Next BMMHS Zoom Talk

The Women of SOE – A cool and lonely courage

by Dr Kate Vigurs.

Hear the story of their recruitment and training of 39 women who were chosen to work in a secretive, clandestine and mainly male domain, Special Operations Executive, French section (SOE F). Ranging from housewives to grandmothers, shop assistants to countesses, they were taught: silent killing, instinctive shooting and sabotage as well as survival tactics for life in Nazi Occupied France. 

They were infiltrated behind enemy lines to work as couriers and wireless operators, operating undercover and beyond the protection of the Geneva Convention.

Life expectancy was short, sometimes a mere six weeks but these women worked and fought hard – often living in solitude with no friends or company; travelling hundreds of kilometers carrying vital yet incriminating information; receiving arms or vital supplies and risking everything to make contact with SOE HQ over the radio waves.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE (SOE) AND SPECIAL FORCES AGENTS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR (HU 74868) Hon. Assistant Section Officer Noor Inayat Khan (code name Madeleine), George Cross, MiD, Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Vermeil. Noor Inayat Khan served as a wireless operator with F Section, Special Operations Executive. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205020940

Future BMMHS Zoom Talks

BMMHS Events & Zoom Talks 2021

BMMHS is currently putting together its schedule for the first part of 2021.  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.

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Alamein Soldiers Advance

The Role of NCOs

13th January 2021

Alamein

Alamein

10th February 2021

The Women who flew for Hitler

 

 

10th March 2021

Operation Bookworm Update

With the COVID10 pandemic putting our meetings on hold due to lockdown, we invited our members and supporters to send in articles about the wartime experiences of their own and their families – any war, any role, whether military or civilian. All net proceeds will go to the charity Blind Veterans UK  (formerly St Dunstans).  

We have had a fantastic response with over 120 contributors sending in over 220 articles and over 300,000 words. Various historians have also given their support providing their own articles and book extracts too. Some contributions have been a couple of paragraphs, others 3-4 pages. The range of topics has been remarkable from the diaries of an officer on the Western Front in WW1, to life as a Far East POW and others living through the Blitz  in WW2 to experiences serving in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and Iraq. Articles have come in from across the globe including the USA, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, France and elsewhere.

We are now moving into the phase of sorting, editing and reviewing all the content before approaching potential publishers in the autumn. We are hoping to see publication in the first half of 2021.

For all of you who have sent in contributions, a very big thank you. They have made for amazing reading, with some telling of great heroics, some of the grim realities of war, some of remarkable tales of survival and other of ordinary people just ‘doing their bit’.  A real melange of tales giving a wide picture of wartime experiences.

 A sincere thank you to you all.

“Helping us all through the Great Isolation”

Jim Wright DFC
Wing Commander (Ret) Jim Wright DFC, former navigator with Bomber Command Pathfinder Force & veteran of 44 wartime missions.

We do still have room for a few more articles, but please send them in ASAP

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BMMHS News

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Our Last Talk and New Articles

Taranto - The Sinking of the Italian Fleet

Speaker: Paul Beaver

New Article

Battle of Britain Bunker

An article by Chris Leworthy

Battle of Britain Bunker
The original Plotting Table set out as it was on the morning of 15 September 1940.
Battle of Britain 80th
Battle of Britain 80th
Battle of Britain

Article

An unlikely German spy

An article by David Kays

Jessie Jordan Unlikely German Spy
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