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,  Lawrence of Arabia 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.

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Next BMMHS Zoom Talk

The Battle of Britain 80 years on

by Chris Leworthy

With the 80th Anniversary of the Battle falling in 2020, it is entirely appropriate to remember the challenges, the threats and just what happened during that summer, which, in a few short months saw German occupation of Northern Europe, the Low Countries and Norway, Operation Dynamo, and the crucial and vicious 31/2 months of the Battle of Britain. The talk will cover:

  • the political background
  • the key personalities
  • the Dowding Interception system and its key role
  • the start of the battle
  • the four stages of the battle
  • September 15th – objectives, the two major raids, the outcome
  • conclusions
BZT Afternoon 2nd Feb 2021



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BMMHS Events & Zoom Talks 2021

Col T E Lawrence

Lawrence of Arabia

12th May 2021


Zeppelin onslaught - Britain's Forgotten Blitz

st0th June 2021

Battle of the Nile

The battle of The Nile

9th June 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 230 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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Our Last Talk and New Articles

Last Zoom Talk

Why the Allies won the First World war

Speaker: Professor Gary Sheffield

New Article


The Sinking of the French Fleet

An article by Nigel Parker

Mers el Kebir Oran


A Nuclear Accident in The Third Reich

An article by Nick Brazil

Nazi Nuclear programme
Dismantling the German experimental nuclear pile at Haigerloch, 50 km S.W of Stuttgart, April 1945. Courtesy Brookhaven National laboratory, Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Goudsmit Collection
Werner Heisenberg

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