Calendar of Events

Last Meeting:  A Bridge Too Far – Myth & Reality
A Bridge too Far
Wednesday 16th  October 2019 – 7.30pm
 

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

Speaker:  Professor John Buckley Department of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton

Next Meeting: The sad case of Signalman Taylor – The story of a remarkable murder court-martial

Court martial panel

Wednesday 13th  November 2019   7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,RG8 0QY

Speaker:  Major-General Gordon Risius

Former senior British Army officer and lawyer who served as Director of the Army Legal Services Branch.

Entry cost is just £8, payable on the door,  and will include the talk and a Q & A, drinks, light snacks (sandwiches etc.) and a contribution to a military charity. Car parking is available on site.
 
Due to high demand and in order to secure a seat for this event, please contact us on info@bmmhs.org and we will confirm availability.  There will only be a limited number of unreserved seats available at the door.
 
Everyone who has already registered interest directly with us will have their reservation confirmed by us in the next few days.
 
If you are unsure whether you have a reserved seat, please contact us on info@bmmhs.org
 

Meeting: Colditz : Beyond and Behind the Myths.

Wednesday 11th  December 2019   7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,RG8 0QY

Speaker:  David Ray

Historian, author & founder of  The Colditz Society

Allied officers at Colditz Castle (1941)

Meeting: Air-to-Air refuelling during the Falklands Campaign and for the period 1982-84 

Vulcan XH558 and a Victor K2 re-enact a Black Buck sortie for the cameras. Cliff Knox

Wednesday 15th January 2020   7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

Speaker:   Group Captain David Drew  RAF Pilot  ret’d, County Chairman, Royal British Legion

The Falklands Conflict, Victor refuelling aircraft.
Pilot’s eye view of a Victor with refuelling line extended – on Black Buck raids the refuelling was done in the dark and with radio silence. François Prins
Meeting:  Our Man in Hamburg; A true spy story of WW2
Walter Dicketts, World War 2 spy driving his boat in England 1945. Source: doubleagentcelery.com

Wednesday 5th February 2020  7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

Speaker:

Robert Dicketts   Historian

Spy, lover, scoundrel: Walter Dicketts with his fourth wife Judith, son Robert & a Rolls-Royce
Meeting: Sir John Slessor – An unsung Cold War Strategist and his role as the architect of British Airborne Nuclear Deterrence.
Vulcan bombers from RAF Waddington flying in formation in 1957. Source: RAF, MOD

Wednesday 11th March 2020  7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

Speaker:

Bill Pyke: Historian and  researcher specialising in the  Cold War,  

Squadron Leader Ulf Burberry’s crew run towards a Handley Page Victor of No. 15 (XV) Squadron during a demonstration scramble at RAF Cottesmore, June © IWM, RAF-T 1018
Meeting: Amateur Soldiering Tradition in Britain & the Empire 1899-1945 – The Role of Colonial & Dominion Soldiers WW1 & WW2
EMPIRE FORCES IN GREAT BRITAIN 1939-1945 Troops and nursing sisters of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force line the rails of a troopship as it docks at Gourock on the Clyde, 19 June 1940. @ IWM H1821

Wednesday 8th April 2020  7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

Speaker:

Professor Gary Sheffield, Department of war Studies Wolverhampton University

Meeting:

The Battle of The Atlantic: The Turning Point.

Feeding 45 Millions - Food Convoy: A convoy of merchant ships accompanied by a Naval escort. © IWM.

Wednesday 13th May 2020  7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

ON BOARD A BRITISH CORVETTE ON CONVOY. JANUARY 1942, ON BOARD HMS PENSTEMON, ON CONVOY TO GIBRALTAR. (A 7376) Lieut Cdr John Byron, RN, Commanding Officer of the corvette on the bridge of the ship while at sea on convoy duty. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205141462

Speaker:

Robin Brodhurst: Historian and author 

U 673 being hunted with depth charges in April 1944, Depth 240m. Source Lara Winkelsdork @winkelsdorf

Meeting:

Cold War – RN Submarine Operations

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
HMS Courageous

Wednesday 10th June 2020  7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
HMS Oracle at the North Pole

Speaker:

Chris Munns: Former captain of HMS Courageous

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
Soviet TU 142

Meeting:

Rout on the Riviera – Operation Tiger, the Slapton Sands disaster

Exercise Tiger Slip-on Sands
LCI(L) 525 and other landing craft about to disembark US troops at Slapton Sands in Devon during an invasion exercise in the spring of 1944. In the foreground, engineers construct a slat and wire roadway over the sand and shingle for vehicle use. Above, a barrage balloon flies from one of the LCTs. © IWM (EN 23841)

Wednesday 8th July 2020  7.30pm

Venue: Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

D-Day Preparations
A US officer checks a line-up of newly delivered M4 Sherman tanks at a supply depot in Britain, 1944. US Public Domain (IWM NYT 12387)

Speaker:

Paul Barnett: Historian and Author

ALLIED PREPARATIONS FOR D-DAY
American medical troops, part of Force 'U' destined for UTAH, embarking onto LST 374 (Landing Ship Tank) at Brixham in Devon, May/June 1944. US Public Domain ((IWM EA 25460)
BMMHS is delighted to announce that on:-
 
September 9th 2020, author, broadcaster and aviation historian, Paul Beaver will give a talk on
 
Taranto, the sinking of the Italian fleet in WW2.
Taranto the sinking of the Italian fleet in World war Two
Other talks and events are being planned including talks on the Air Transport Auxiliary, the Spanish Civil War and Lawrence of Arabia.

Watch this space!   

All talks will take place in:-

Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote,  RG8 0QY

 and will start at 7.30pm.

Entry cost is just £8, payable on the door,  and will include the talk and a Q & A, drinks, light snacks (sandwiches etc.) and a contribution to a military charity. Car parking is available on site.

Due to high demand, in order to secure a seat for this event, please contact us on info@bmmhs.org and we will confirm availability.  There will only be a limited number of unreserved seats available at the door.

To help us with catering and numbers, please let us know in advance if you are coming to our talks by contacting us on info@bmmhs.org   

Please contact info@bmmhs.org for further information.

Do join us,  you can be assured of a warm welcome and an interesting and informative time.

Woodcote Village Hall
Woodcote Village Hall
Woodcote Village Hall