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.
Next BMMHS Zoom Talk
The Sinking of the Russian Nuclear Submarine Kursk
by Peter Burt
The nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank in an accident on 12th August 2000 in the Barents Sea, during the first major Russian naval exercise in more than ten years, and all 118 personnel on board were killed. The crews of nearby ships felt the initial explosion and a second, much larger, explosion; yet the Russian Navy did not realise that an accident had occurred and did not initiate a search for the sub for more than six hours. Because the submarine’s emergency rescue buoy had been intentionally disabled during an earlier mission, it took more than 16 hours to locate the sunken boat.
The talk will look not only at the circumstances under which the Kursk was lost, but will also tell the story of the unique international recovery operation which, one year after the submarine sunk, successfully raised it from the sea bed – and the Royal Navy’s role in the saga.
Quiz questions by Steven Broomfield
Glimpses of War
A compilation of military stories and eyewitness accounts to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK
Publishing in time for 8th May VE Day
Glimpses of War is a British Modern Military History Society publication the proceeds of which will go to Blind Veterans UK.
Glimpses of War arose from the COVID-19 lockdowns in early 2020. Launching on 8th May 2021, VE Day, volume 1 comprises over 500 pages with a range of personal memories, and historical pieces and photos covering people’s wartime experiences of the last 200 years – any war, any role both civilian and military. Volumes 2 and 3 are already planned.
If you would like to contribute to future volumes, email us on email@example.com
Click above for talk details Evening Zoom Talk: The Sinking of the Kursk 10th March 7:30 pm Peter Burt This talk replaces Clare Mulley’s talk
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