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    Next meeting:

    "WW1 Aims and Objectives of the Participants"
    Tuesday 10th Sept 2018 at 7.30pm
    Richard Abbot will address the question of “Why did Britain get involved in a continental European war that on the face of it did not affect its interests as a maritime power?”
    He will do this by considering Britain’s historic foreign policy objective of maintaining the balance of power in Europe in the light of the war aims of the main belligerents and and reviewing the eventual outcome through the Versailles Treaty.
    Admission £4 (includes tea and coffee)"
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    "MANCHESTER MILITARY HISTORY SOCIETY
    The XMAS SPECIAL
    The Xmas Special is different from our normal format and includes food and a number of short pieces.
    Previous years have included:

    Pigeons in WW2
    Military Inventions which didn't actually get produced
    The Truck as hero
    "Military Eccentric of the year" ...
    "A bit of a Spitfire" (... featuring a bit of a Spitfire!)
    A book auction
    A surprise Quiz

    All are welcome and a lively discussion is guaranteed!

    Admission £4 per attendee including food.
    East Manchester History and Gaming Centre, Knivton Street, SK14 2P"
     
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    "MANCHESTER MILITARY HISTORY SOCIETY
    "The Royal British Legion"

    Tuesday 8th Oct 2018 at 7.30pm


    Poppies and elderly gentlemen in blazers rattling tins or the Festival of Remembrance on telly & the Memorial services at the Cenotaph in London and at local memorials around the country is as far as most people think when considering the Royal British Legion.
    Whilst these are vital in helping raise both awareness and funds to support the work of the Legion, the reality is far wider. As the country begins to ready itself for “Poppy Week” and Remembrance Sunday (and all that entails), Scott Pringle (Chairman of the Ashton Branch of the RBL) and David Brown (Armed Forces Covenant Officer at Tameside Council) will be looking at what goes on “behind the scenes” and the wider ways in which the RBL does it’s (largely unseen) work.

    Admission £4 (includes tea and coffee)

    For further info click here."
     
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    Our next event is

    "The Attack on the Island of Walcheren 1944"

    Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 7.30pm
    Paul Howarth will be looking at the operations to take Walcheren to see if these criticisms are valid.

    Once Montgomery had made Antwerp a priority over Dunkirk in September 1944, First Canadian Army was required to clear the Schedlt estuary to ensure access to the port which had already been captured. After a frustrating and lenghty advance across flooded terrain, Operations Vitality and Infatuate were necessary to capture the heavily fortified island of Walcheren which dominated the approach to the Scheldt, thus easing Allied supply issues. RAF Bomber Command's breaching of the island's dykes caused heavy civilian casualties with fierce fighting across the causeway and during amphibious landings. With over 12,000 Canadian, British and French casualties over the whole campaign, in part due to the decision to launch Operation Market-Garden, the failure to take Walcheren earlier has been blamed for delaying the end of the war in Europe.

    All are welcome and a lively discussion is guaranteed!

    Admission £4 per attendee"
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    Our next event is
    "The Christmas Special"
    Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 7.30pm

    The Xmas Special is different from our normal format and includes food and a number of short pieces.
    Previous years have included:

    Pigeons in WW2
    Military Inventions which didn't actually get produced
    The Truck as hero
    "Military Eccentric of the year" ...
    "A bit of a Spitfire" (... featuring a bit of a Spitfire!)
    A book auction
    A surprise Quiz

    All are welcome and a lively discussion is guaranteed!
    Admission £4 per attendee including food."
    www.mcrmilhist.org.uk/?utm_source=Mailchimp&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=email
     
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    Our next event is

    "The World War 2 Code Breaking"

    Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 7.30pm

    Tim Cockitt will give a general introduction to the subject of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), followed by a more detailed account of the Allies’ successes with code breaking in WW2 , at Bletchley Park.

    All are welcome and a lively discussion is guaranteed!

    Admission £4 per attendee."
    The Manchester Military History Society
     
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    "MANCHESTER REGION INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY
    Thu 13-02-2020 : 2pm
    ‘Munitions Manufacture at Hawkshead Mill, Old Glossop’ Paul Beckmann of the Manchester Military History Society.
    Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester. M3 4JR"
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    Our next event is
    "The Bunkers of Zossen"
    Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 7.30pm

    Phil Catling describes the major underground bunkers at Zossen in Germany.

    Zossen itself was home to the German General Staff throughout World War II. Later, following the post war division of Germany, it was home to the primary air force arm of the Warsaw Pact in europe - the Soviet 16th Air Arm.

    All are welcome and a lively discussion is guaranteed!

    Admission £4 per attendee.

    To stay informed about upcoming meetings join our mailing list on this link"
     
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    "MANCHESTER MILITARY HISTORY SOCIETY
    All the fun of an MMHS meeting will be delivered online.
    We will be providing our monthly talks over the Internet, using a system called Zoom. If you don’t yet know about zoom, you could start by looking at the company webpage. https://zoom.us/meetings . It is free to attend on online zoom meeting/presentation, and it is fairly easy to use. To hear/attend a meeting/presentation you just need a computer, or smartphone, connected to the Internet, with a speaker, or earphones. (To engage fully in a Zoom meeting, a microphone and webcam are required).
    We are proposing to host a Zoom talk on the regular MMHS meeting nights, for April, May, June and July (2nd Tuesday of the month), 7:30 pm start. In this format, talks will be aimed at 45-50 min. duration.
    Our planned schedule is:

    April: The Problems of Palamidi. (Fortress in Greece, completed 1714) . Paul Beckmann
    May: The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 & Culloden. Tim Cockitt.
    June: Operational Research, Perils of the Photo Recon Unit. Rob Hewett.
    July: Normandy, WW2. Colin Foster is organising.

    The April talk will be free of charge as we are testing the system and finding out glitches! To get access to the May, June, and July talks there will be a one-off fee of £5.00 (which covers all three talks, no matter how many you attend). For those members that have paid a full year’s membership in advance, there is no additional charge, the “virtual” talks will be included and arrangements will be made to extend your membership once we know when we are allowed to, once again, meet face to face.

    More detail will be sent by email closer to 14/4/2020, for the April talk.

    Look after yourselves, stay healthy, keep safe!

    Tim Cockitt (chair) & Ian Sanders (webmaster) for MMHS."
     
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    The Jacobite Rebellion 1745.
    Tues 12th May 7.15PM


    Tim Cockitt will give an account of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which featured Bonnie Prince Charlie. Particular attention will be given to the military aspects of the Rebellion, the involvement of Manchester, and the concluding battle of Culloden.

    Payment needs to be made BEFORE Wed 6th May 2020

    How to pay in 5 easy steps:


    1. Pay £5 into EMHG Bank account Sort Code: 09-06-66 Account No: 43221575
    2. Use your Postcode & first 3 letters of your surname as the banking reference number.
    3. Send an email to colinf@emhg.co.uk confirming you have paid with your internet banking reference and full name that you will use to login to Zoom.
    4. Continue
    5. You will receive a confirmation within 4 days that payment has completed.
    6. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent on the day of the talk.
    N.B.
    • Full name should be used – anything that doesn’t match the name sent when paying will not be allowed in
    • Meetings will be recorded for possible later sharing; joining the meeting is acceptance of this.
    We look forward to seeing you!"

     
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    "You can't kill a squadron."
    The story of the development and remembrance of “S” Squadron, 3rd (Tank) Battalion Scots Guards 1941-2019
    Tues 14th July 7.15PM


    Most of us of a “certain age” will remember Harry Andrews’ character, Air Vice Marshal Davis, at the end of the film 633 Squadron uttering the words: “You can't kill a squadron.”, however, these could equally well be applied to “S” Squadron, 3rd (Tank) Battalion Scots Guards following their first day in action on 30th July 1944.
    As part of the successful Operation BLUECOAT, by the late afternoon on the first day, they had taken their first main objective – Hill 226 near Les Loges in Normandy. As it was realised that the Left flank division – 43rd Wessex – had not been able to keep up, the Scots Guards received the order to stay put & hold their objective “at all costs”; this became prophetic when, as the BBC evening news started on the ”wireless” at 6pm a German artillery “stonk” landed as a precursor to an attack by JagdPanthers of 654 Schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung who, in the space of 5 minutes, destroyed 11 of the Churchill tanks of the Battalion that were in position on Hill 226 facing the expected direction of any German counter-attack. Unfortunately, the JagdPanthers came from a position that should have been cleared by 43rd Division had they been able to keep up.
    Colin has previously told the story of the battle on Hill 226. This talk, however, focuses on the development of the Battalion from formation to the eve of battle, looking at some of the factors that gave “strength in depth” which not only allowed “S” Squadron to return to the fight within 6 days, but also helped forge strong friendships and a “family spirit” that not only lasted through the war, but for many years afterwards, the culmination of which was the erection in 2019 on the 75th Anniversary of the battle of a significant new memorial on Hill 226 to those who died and those who fought on to the end of the war.

    If you have not paid already
    Payment needs to be made BEFORE Fri 10th July 2020 and will this talk only


    How to pay in 5 easy steps:

    1. Pay £5 into EMHG Bank account Sort Code: 09-06-66 Account No: 43221575
    2. Use your Postcode & first 3 letters of your surname as the banking reference number.
    3. Send an email to colinf@emhg.co.uk confirming you have paid with your internet banking reference and full name that you will use to login to Zoom.
    4. You will receive a confirmation within 4 days that payment has completed.
    5. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent on the day of the talk.
    N.B.
    • Full name should be used – anything that doesn’t match the name sent when paying will not be allowed in
    • Meetings will be recorded for possible later sharing; joining the meeting is acceptance of this.
    We look forward to seeing you!"

     
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    "The RAF Big Wing"
    Tues 8th Sep 7.30PM


    To coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain our speaker will be Stuart Hadaway, Senior Researcher at the Air Historical Branch (RAF)

    Most aspects of the Battle of Britain are more complex than they appear on the surface, and this is perhaps especially true with the 'Big Wing' controversy.

    A question that permeates the Battle at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, it is also heavily tied to the politics (perceived or real) of the Battle and its legacy.

    This talk will look at the Big Wings, their use, and their implications from a variety of angles to try and show a more rounded view of this contentious issue.

    If you have not paid already
    Payment needs to be made BEFORE Fri 4th Sep 2020 for the Sep, Oct & Nov talks


    We look forward to seeing you!"


     
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    The fatal bombing of New Mills and Hayfield"
    Tues 13th Oct 7.30PM

    New Mills and Hayfield are small, rural and picturesque towns in the beautiful High Peak district of Derbyshire. But in the middle of WW2 they were devastated by a fatal Luftwaffe bombing raid that claimed the lives of eight civilians.
    The raiders were eventually shot down as they made their escape over Lincolnshire by Spitfires of arguably the most famous RAF Battle of Britain fighter squadron. 303 Polish Squadron.
    To get access to the Sep, Oct and Nov talks there will be a one-off fee of £5.00 (which covers all three talks, no matter how many you attend). For those members that have paid a full year’s membership in advance, there is no additional charge, the “virtual” talks will be included and arrangements will be made to extend your membership once we know when we are allowed to, once again, meet face to face."
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