BMMHS Return to Village Hall Survey March 2021 Highlights of your survey returns In March 2021 we emailed our BMMHS Supporters to not only determine your appetite for returning to Woodcote Village Hall for live meetings but also to establish when you would consider it safe for us to re-start
Everyone at BMMHS is saddened to hear of the news that HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away. He demonstrated an exceptional dedication to Queen and Country. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family. May he rest in peace. Prince Philip, Duke of
Evening Zoom Talk: Operation Carthage – The bombing of the Gestapo HQ in Copenhagen 14th April 7:30pm
Evening Meeting: Operation Carthage – The bombing of the Gestapo HQ in Copenhagen 14th April 7:30pm David Drew Click above for talk details With the uncertainty over COVID-19 and the restrictions, the meetings we have organised may revert to Zoom talks at short notice. So please check on the website homepage
Friday 9th April 2021 18:30 pm BMMHS members are welcome to attend any of the Friends of Millbank talks, they are all virtual this year. Registration for each talk is via the Friends of Millbank website, the month of the talk. Their programme and the flyer for forthcoming talks can be
Click above for talk details Secrets and Spies – How German spies lost the Battle of Britain Graham Randall, Bawdsey Radar Trust
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 on The Women who Flew for Hitler. Clare’s talk will be re-scheduled as a later date as a live talk when COVID conditions allow.
Gallipoli Association Midland Regional Conference Zoom Event Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 19:00-22:00 To reserve a place contact Ian Binnie, Education Coordinator email@example.com Further details on www.gallipoli-association.org
BMMHS Virtual Talks
Pilot BMMHS Zoom Talks
BMMHS Zoom First Pilot Talk - Airborne Padres of WW2
This afternoon talk took place on Tuesday 23rd June. Jerry Cockeram opened with an update on BMMHS during the lockdown and also the progress of Operation Bookworm.
Then Linda Parker gave an interesting talk on Airborne Padres in the Second World War which was well received by the audience of 27 people. It was nice to see some familiar faces and some new ones too and there was also an interesting Q&A session at the end. The talk went well with only a few minor technical glitches, which we are working to overcome. Feedback from members on the “Zoom” was enthusiastic and appreciative, with most people willing to make a donation or contribution towards the cost of future Zoom talks.
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BMMHS Zoom Second Pilot Talk - Ice Stations to Action Stations
Ice Stations to Action Stations by Linda Parker.
This talk tells the story of the “curious little war” that took place on the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard 1941-1945. The island of Spitsbergen was the site of confrontation between the allies and Germany as the weather stations both sides attempted to maintain there were strategically important for the course of the war in Europe, Including D day.
The men involved on both sides had been prominent polar explorers in the interwar years, and Alexander ‘Sandy’ Glen in particular used the skills he had acquired in his pre-war exploration of the archipelago in the game of cat and mouse that took place as each side sought to obtain the advantage of obtaining regular weather forecasts and knowledge of Atlantic and Arctic conditions.
BMMHS Visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker - Uxbridge
Thursday 13th February 2020
The BMMHS had a successful visit yesterday to the Battle of Britain Bunker the former underground operations room used by No 11 Group Fighter Command RAF during WW2. Fighter aircraft operations were controlled from here throughout the war but most noteably during the Battle of Britain and on D-Day. There is also a new visitors centre opened in March 2018. The tour guide Chris Leworthy was excellent and the day was enjoyed by all. A highly recommended place to visit.
BMMHS Meeting Weds 8th April 2020
Woodcote Village Hall Refurbishment
The Main Hall, will be redecorated at the time of this April talk by Gary Sheffield. Gary’s talk will go ahead in the next door Function Room. However this has halved our capacity to 50 people for this one talk and all seats have now been reserved. Apologies to those who had hoped to attend. Normal service in the refurbished Main Hall will resume in May for all future talks.
BMMHS Announces Schools & Colleges Initiative - November 2019
BMMHS is pleased to announce that we have appointed Linda Parker as our Schools Liaison Officer. Linda’s role now includes a focus on establishing links with local schools and colleges with a view to broadening our audiences into a younger generation.
Please if you can provide us with contacts and advice in this area then contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now moving into the larger Main Hall, in Woodcote Village Hall.
Our previous talks have been sold out but thanks to the help from both Jenny & the Yoga team, we are now moving into the Larger Main Hall, in Woodcote Village Hall.
In order to secure a seat for future events, please contact us on email@example.com and we will confirm availability.
Memorial service for 75th anniversary of the loss of Halifax VII, NP681 RCAF that crashed at Newnham Manor Farm, Crowmarsh Gifford.
HMS Royal Oak Commemorative Services in Wantage
On Monday 14th October 2019, Wantage held Two Services of Remembrance commemorating the first casualties of the Second World War from the town .
BMMHS is delighted to announce that 3 more high quality talks have been confirmed for 2020
Watch this space!
The Wooden World - Life in Nelson's navy - A Talk by Philip K Allan
An excellent talk followed by a book signing by naval author, Philip K Allan, author of the Alexander Clay series. Following a lifetime’s love of the wooden warships of the Napoleonic era, Philip took a packed house through a fascinating presentation of what it was like to live and work in the navies of the day.
Chalke Valley History Festival 24th - 30th June 2019 (Near Salisbury)
BMMHS Visit to D-Day Museum in Portsmouth 23rd May 2019. The first trip organised by BMMHS.
BMMHS Inagural Meeting: The Real Dad’s Army; The role and training of British Auxiliary Units in World War 2.
Last night saw the first event of the BMMHS, with a fascinating talk by local historian Bill King, assisted by his wife Flora, on how Britain intended to repel a German invasion in 1940 through the use of ‘underground’ resistance fighters.
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Happy 98th Birthday Royal Australian Air Force
On 31 March 1921, the RAAF was formed as an independent service from the Army, making it the second-oldest air force in the world.
The RAAF has its origins in the Australian Flying Corps, which served in the Middle East and European theatres during the First World War.
BMMHS Announced at WFA TVP Branch Meeting
Thank you to Barbara Taylor of The Western Front Association for kindly announcing the formation of the British Modern Military History Society to members at the Thames Valley Branch meeting on Thursday 28th March 2019.