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.
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
New Talk Announcement October 2020: Bill King - The Air Transport Auxiliary: Unsung heroes of World War II
New Article from Steve Richards:
J landers Fighter Ace
Just Some of the talks already arranged for 2020
Click to see full BMMHS event listing page.