Upcoming Meeting - Arnhem

The British Airborne Landing at Arnhem in 1944 – Myth and Reality

Speaker: Professor John Buckley

Wednesday 16th October 2019 – 7.30pm

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

Arnhem (IWM FLM 1211) Worried-looking British soldier with walkie-talkie - Arnhem. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205131563
Image from the film "A Bridge too Far"

The British Airborne Landing at Arnhem in 1944 – Myth and Reality

This month the British Modern Military History Society will be hosting a presentation given by the author & broadcaster Professor John Buckley.
Professor Buckley will examine the influence of the Film “A Bridge too Far” on our understanding of the Battle of Arnhem. He will also look into the myths and reality that surround the tragic events of this battle in 1944.
Arnhem (IWM FLM 1210) British paratroops landing in a field on the edge of a wood - Arnhem. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205131562
THE BATTLE OF ARNHEM, SEPTEMBER 1944 (EA 38134) Arnhem 17 - 25 September 1944: US paratroops of the 82nd (US) Airborne Division unload a wrecked glider after landing some way to the south of Arnhem. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205195397
Arnhem © IWM (BU1162)
Image from the film "A Bridge too Far"

Event Details and Entry Cost

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. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this meeting.

Venue Woodcote Village Hall RG8 0QY

If you are unable to attend this meeting but would be interested in attending any of our future presentations or joining any organised trips please contact us on info@bmmhs.org so we can keep you updated.

OPERATION 'MARKET GARDEN' (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 - 25 SEPTEMBER 1944 (HU 2126) Arnhem 17 - 25 September 1944: A German infantry battalion on alert as they search the suburbs of Arnhem for Allied troops, September 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193895

Biographical notes – Professor John Buckley

John D. Buckley is Professor of military history at the University of Wolverhampton. He teaches and publishes on twentieth-century military history and strategic studies, especially on air power and the final year of World War II.
His books and articles analyse maritime air power in the inter-war period and during World War II, most notably a study of RAF Coastal Command, and on various other aspects of air power including strategic bombing, British inter-war defence policy, and air power and total war. His works include RAF and Trade Defence 1919-1945: Constant Endeavour (1995), Air Power in the Age of Total War (1999), British Armour in the Normandy Campaign (2004) and the edited collection, The Normandy Campaign 1944: Sixty Years On (2006). With George Kassimeris, he is editor of The Ashgate Companion to Modern Warfare (2009).
His most recent work is Monty’s Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Northwest Europe, 1944-5, which analyzes the performance of the British Army during the final stage of World War II.

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