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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.
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.
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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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.
On This Day: OPERATION AGILA: THE COMMONWEALTH MONITORING FORCE IN RHODESIA 1979 - 1980 RAF Puma helicopters are unloaded from a Lockheed C5A Galaxy transport aircraft of Military Aircraft Command at Salisbury International Airport at the start of Operation AGILA. © IWM CT 127 https://t.co/2UC2WYYk2B
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