Chairman's Message

August 2022

Dear BMMHS Supporter

As we enter our August break, we hope you all are well and coping with the hot weather.   For BMMHS, it has been a busy time with our live meetings and Zoom talks and speaker bookings now scheduled well into 2023.   

However, two significant landmarks have been reached in the last month or so

  • The publication of our Glimpses of the Falklands War in July
  • Our charitable fundraising has now topped £5000 to various military charities.

It is hard to believe that we only founded BMMHS just over three years ago and in that time, despite COVID intervening, have managed to organise over 50 live meetings and Zoom talks, published 3 substantial books in our Glimpses of War series and raised a substantial amount for military charities.  We also now have over 1100 followers on both the BMMHS Facebook site and the Glimpses of the Falklands War FB site too.

We have a wide-ranging and varied programme of talks with of an impressive line-up new speakers including some from the USA on Zoom.  This has given the opportunity for new topics and different insights particularly into the Pacific War in World War Two.

After plenty of discussion, we have decided to continue both live and Zoom talks programmes each month (with a break for August) as our audiences are often different and from overseas. 

Live Meetings in the Woodcote village hall 

Despite rising costs, all prices will be held for our monthly live talks in the Woodcote village hall with the £8 entry price including the finger buffet with snacks and sandwiches, wine, beer and soft drinks as well as a top of the range talk. You will agree that’s a pretty good evening out for a modest amount.

Talks will resume on Wednesday 14th September with our own ‘resident historian’ Robin Brodhurst talking on the Arctic convoy PQ17.    Nicci Pugh, a nurse on HMHS Uganda during the Falklands War, will talk on her experiences on 12th October, with RAF historian Geoff Simpson giving his presentation on ‘Who Were The Few’ on 9th November and to end the year historian Peter Hoare will present The Battle of the River Plate on 14th December.

We are delighted to have a great range of talks and speakers in the early part of 2023 including Guy Walters, Saul David, David Vassallo and others on topics such as hunting Nazi war criminals, the SBS, the role of medics in modern warfare, the Cuban Missile crisis and Lawrence of Arabia.

If you have any suggestions or feedback on talks, speakers or any part of our meetings please drop us a line on info@bmmhs.org

 Zoom Talks

Again a great line up of Zoom talks is in place for the rest of 2022 covering the Mesopotamia campaign in WW1 on 6th September, Army Aviation in Northern Ireland on 4th October followed by RAF 273 Squadron in November and Vivian Newman talking of a remarkable female agent Regina Diana in WW1.

For 2023, we are finalising the schedule, but we start off with US historian Jon Parshall talking about the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 in January.

Our monthly Zoom talks, now on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm will continue for the modest sum of £5.  Please book ahead on zoom@bmmhs.org to ensure you get sent the Zoom link.

The full schedule of live and Zoom talks can be found on www.bmmhs.org 

Glimpses of the Falklands War

The publication of Glimpses of the Falklands War took place on 14th July to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the islands.  It has been well received with good sales and excellent reviews.

This is the third book in our series of Glimpses of War series with all sales raising funds for Blind Veterans UK in 2021.  Thank you to everyone who helped get the book ‘knocked into shape’ and ready for publication as well as everyone who has helped advertise and promote the book.

We are planning further books in the series and are in discussions with several publishers about the possibility of Glimpses of the Gulf War and other titles.

As you can see from the above we are very busy, and would welcome any help and support from interested parties.  If you would like to take a more active role in the running of BMMHS and wish to join us in our exciting journey, please drop me a line.  We are also looking for someone who has social media and marketing skills as well as others to help with the live talks (setting up and taking down etc).  If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us, drop me a line on andy.cockeram@bmmhs.org

We look forward to seeing you and your friends on Zoom or in Woodcote over the coming months.  And of course do buy our books and if you did and liked them, please leave a review on Amazon. ‘Every little helps!’

Have a good summer

Best wishes

Andy

Glimpses of the Falklands War - Reviews

‘The Task Force’s victory in the Falkland Islands gave freedom back to the Islanders, releasing a vibrant energy to develop their lives. This fascinating compendium is another triumph in the “Glimpses” series!’              

Major General Dair Farrar-Hockley MC, 2 Para in the Falklands

Dair Farrar-Hockley
Major-General Dair Farrar-Hockley MC

Some of the reviews on Amazon:-
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well put together experiences of the wider impact of the War.
This is an extremely absorbing compendium of snippets of personal accounts from and around the Falklands War. It reflects on the wider ripples which spread out from and during the war- bringing in those who were behind the scenes, those in the Islands, those who fought on both sides and the ongoing legacy of how future generations in the islands recall and reflect on how momentous it was-and has been- in their lives. A thoroughly good read and a very valuable addition to the library of accounts of the Falklands War. Compelling.

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great read.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this excellent book.
The concept of bringing together so many personal experiences is be admired.
Many new and interesting facets of this war are brought to the fore.
I would say that it is essential reading, that gives the reader an excellent overview of The Falklands War.

5.0 out of 5 stars We did our Duty.
Have just finished reading. A poignant, informative and interesting read through the Falklands War 1982.
Full of personnel accounts from every aspect of the battles fought, the aftermath, clean up, homecoming through to the years after and much much more. Worth every penny. A Falklands War Veteran.

‘Glimpses of the Falklands War’ provides an excellent insight into how individuals react and adapt to the challenges and shocks of a closely fought war, without air superiority, against a determined, professional and powerful enemy (especially in the air), thousands of miles away. The lessons from this war and its mass casualty situations remain as relevant now as forty years ago, indeed even more so. The book is a glimpse of today.

I highly recommend ‘Glimpses of the Falklands War’ to you, and the others in this series.

David Vassallo, Lt. Col RAMC, Chairman, Friends of Millbank

‘COVID inspired books for military charity'

A compilation of military stories and eyewitness account to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK
 
The BMMHS Glimpses of War books are available on Amazon as both paperback and  Kindle versions.

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