Military History

Each member of the group is interested in a different war, campaign or aspect of conflict. Each member researches his or her particular subject and reports back to the rest of the group on what he or she has learned.


                                                        

We meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 2pm at members homes.

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Question - who in 'history' was responsible for the death of 25% of the worlds population?

(You do need to think 'outside the box' for this one) 

We have recently received talks about the Peninsular War including the battle of Salamanca in 1812, the development and use of railways in the First World War (inspired by a visit to the engine sheds during the 10 anniversary celebrations), the Dickin medal and animals in war and Captain Charles Upham the only man to win the VC twice in WW2). We also examined and talked about a WW1 medal collection owned by a newcomer to the group.

At the December meeting we talked about the impact of technology on future wars, the aftermath of the battle of Vittoria, George Peachment VC  and the first Anglo Boer war.

At the January meeting we discussed Agincourt, Owen Glendower, Boer War and whether or not WW1 was the first war of its type

At the February meeting we discussed William Wallace, Albert Jacka VC, letter from Arnhem, Siege of San Sebastian, Naseby and HMS Dreadnought

At the May meeting we discussed shell shock in WW1, John Francis Young VC. PC Navy, Indian and African/American soldiers in WW1 and WW2 and the Parachute Regiment in WW2

June meeting - Battle of the Atlantic, Guy Gibson VC, Battle of Sorauren 1813, Eustace Jothan VC, and Jack Counter VC

July - reminisences of RAFin India in World Wr 2, douglas Bader,World War 1 facts,battle of the Somme,2 siege of San Sebastian 1813, Bamsie, Leakey VC Afghanistan 2013.

August - Operation Open Door - Norway 1945, Paradogs, William Speakman VC, Korea, crossing the Bidassoa and siege of Pamplona

October - Battles of River Nive and St. Pierre,December 1813, Major Walford MC*, Lt. Leefe-Robinson VC, HMS Falmouth at Battle of Jutland 1916. Battle of Ia Drang, Vietnam War, Battle of Dien Bien Phu 1954. 

December - Czech uprising 1944, celebrities in war including A.A. Milne, Tolkien, David Niven, Arnold Ripley, Tom Finney and Michael Caine, Korean War and what happened to the Dambusters

January - Inchon landing, Korea, Home Guard, Joseph Watt VC (fighting fisheman), Battle of toulouse 1814

February - only 3 members present.- discussed Walcheren 1944, James Ashworth VC Afghanistan, Home Guard in Worcestershire

April- we discussed West Country militia in Napoleonic times, 1/4 King's Own - Givemchy 1918, Charles Robson at Rorke's Drift, British Army 1660 - 1700 and Major Walmsley in Afghanistan, Boer War, WW1 and Afghanistan 1919.

May - World War 1 in East Africa, Commonwealth war Graves centenary, United Nations and British Army 1700 - 1750

July - Passchendaele 1917. George Ellison (last man killed in WW1) Coronel and Falklands 1914

August - the film 'Theirs is the Glory' a re-enactment of Arnhem 1944

September - Brighton Pavilion as a hospital in WW1, Warrior - the original war horse, Vietnem 1967, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars