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

Operation Bookworm

Thank you for your contributions to Operation Bookworm so far....Please keep them coming !

Supporting Operation Bookworm

Jim Wright DFC
Wing Commander (Ret) Jim Wright DFC, former navigator with Bomber Command Pathfinder Force & veteran of 44 wartime missions.
Dair Farrar-Hockley
Major-General Dair Farrar-Hockley MC

“Helping us all through the Great Isolation”

‘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 info@bmmhs.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


Walter Kempter and crew

Operation Bookworm Update

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...

Jim Wright DFC

Operation Bookworm Endorsement

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...

Sadly These Talks Cancelled - COVID-19

Hopefully NORMAL SERVICE will resume Wednesday 9th September 2020

Taranto - The Sinking of the Italian Fleet

Paul Beaver

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 info@bmmhs.org   We will then confirm your reservation back to you if seats are available.

If you have any other questions,  please contact us on info@bmmhs.org 

We look forward to welcoming you to our meeting.

P-38 Lightning crews of the 55th Fighter Group are briefed at Nuthampstead air base. 12th November 1943.  © IWM FRE 161
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BMMHS Meetings 2021 Include

Nicci Pugh - White Ship Red Crosses

White Ship - Red Crosses

13th January 2021



10th February 2021

The Women who flew for Hitler



10th March 2021

Our Last Talk and New Articles

March Talk

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

New Article

Tuck's Luck

An article by Steve Richards

Stanford Tuck
Whitley V N1380 DY-R for Robert - Lost in France May 1940


The Letcombe Lion

An article by Trevor Hancock

The Atlantic Attempt 1930
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