Calendar of Events

Next Meeting: 
A Very Secret War: Bugging Hitler’s Generals in World War 2
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Wednesday 25th September 2019 – 7:30pm
 

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

Speaker:   Dr Helen Fry – Author and Historian

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.
 
Do join us for what should be a fascinating talk.  To help us with catering and numbers, please let us know if you are coming either through info@bmmhs.org, or our Facebook Event page.   
Meeting: British Airborne Landing at Arnhem in 1944 – Myth & Reality
A Bridge too Far
Wednesday 16th  October 2019 – 7.30pm
 

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

Arnhem IWM (K7586)

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

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.

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
BMMHS is delighted to announce that 3 more high class talks have been confirmed for 2020, on top of those already on the published schedule.
 
 March 11th 2020, historian and researcher specialising in the Cold War, Bill Pyke will give a talk on distinguished airman and Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Slessor – An unsung Cold War Strategist and his role as the architect of British Airborne Nuclear Deterrence. (see above)
 
May 13th 2020, historian and writer, Robin Brodhurst will give a talk on the Battle of the Atlantic  – how the allies fought the U Boat threat in WW2.
 
September 9th 2020, author, broadcaster and aviation historian, Paul Beaver will give a talk on Taranto, the sinking of the Italian fleet in WW2.
 
Other talks and events are being planned including talks on the Air Transport Auxiliary and the Falklands War.

Watch this space!   

From September onwards all talks will take place in:-

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

(unless separately notified)

 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.

To help us with catering and numbers, please let us know in advance if you are coming to our talks either through info@bmmhs.org, or our Facebook Event page.   

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.