Welcome to the newly formed British Modern Military History Society. Our aim is to organise talks and trips for anyone interested in the military history and conflicts of the 20th and 21st century.  These events organised by experts in their field will be informal and welcoming and will cover many aspects of warfare in the last 100 years.   

Your feedback and input is also essential to us so we can organise activities that appeal to you. Based to the west of Reading, we look forward to welcoming you at one of our talks or events over the next few months.  

For more information and details of our events, please contact us by email on info@bmmhs.org 

Warsash Hook patrol Aux unit

Inaugural Meeting Wednesday 1st May; 7:30pm
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The Real Dad’s Army The role of British Auxiliary Units in WW2

A few events from this month in history….

THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR (A 4330) The Captain on the bridge of HMS SUFFOLK while shadowing BISMARCK. The Captain does not leave the bridge on these occasions; here he is seen having a sandwich for his lunch. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205185331
THE GERMAN BATTLESHIP BISMARCK IN THE NORTH SEA, MAY 1941 (HU 374) The breakout into the Atlantic 19 - 23 May 1941: The German battleship BISMARCK underway in the North Sea, photographed from the heavy cruiser PRINZ EUGEN. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205087095
BISMARCK ACTION. 27 MAY, ON BOARD ONE OF THE ATTACKING WARSHIPS CHASING AND SINKING THE GERMAN BATTLESHIP BISMARCK. (A 4387) BISMARCK on fire, at the closing stages of the battle. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205138675
The Falklands Conflict, Ian McDonald, the Deputy Chief of Public Relations at the MOD
The Falklands Conflict. Flight deck operations on board HMS HERMES.
The Falklands Conflict, Victor refuelling aircraft.
The Falklands Conflict, HMS Fearless.
Battle of Jutland, British Guard Fleet Firth of Forth 1916.
ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1942-1945. (IWM FLM 2340) Operation CHASTISE: the attack on the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe Dams by No. 617 Squadron RAF on the night of 16/17 May 1943.  No. 617 Squadron practice dropping the 'Upkeep' weapon at Reculver bombing range, Kent.  Second launch sequence (3): the bomb falls from the Lancaster as the aircraft begins to climb. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205022911
ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1942-1945. (IWM FLM 2342) Operation CHASTISE: the attack on the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe Dams by No. 617 Squadron RAF on the night of 16/17 May 1943.  No. 617 Squadron practice dropping the 'Upkeep' weapon at Reculver bombing range, Kent.  Second launch sequence (4): the bomb rises from the water after its first 'bounce'. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205022912
The Sun reporting on the siege in 1980
Credit: NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD

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