Military History Walton on Thames
We choose a topic a month ahead by majority acclamation and meet in The Weir pub in Walton on Thames on the 3rd Monday of the Month at 1pm. All welcome. Some of us take advantage of the pub grub at the same time as the meeting! Or just come and talk.
We have a summer and a Christmas lunch. Out of the 14 members usually 8-10 attend. Some members also attend the free monthly lectures at the National Army Museum in Chelsea and Western Front Association Meetings, in Dorking.
We began meeting in Feb 2017 with a visit to public lecture at Brooklands Museum. We are an easy-going gang and avoid the curses of club bureaucracy! Members can attend as they wish and topics to discuss are wide ranging appealing to many or not everyone. Meetings are arranged by email. You can research things to the nth degree or just turn up and listen to those who have! We include eating and drinking as folks wish, hence the pub venue to encourage conviviality. But you do not have to eat, you can just have a coffee or a soft drink as you wish!
My great uncle the Swordfish pilot
My uncle at the battle of Vimy Ridge
My uncle in the Machine gun Corps at Beaumont Hamel – with a diversion to talk about the Battle of Cambrai
The Somme extended series 3 meetings
Common Wealth War Graves Commission guided visit to Brookwood military cemetery - fascinating
My father the WW2 Pathfinder bomber navigator
French high command in WW1
Major fortifications on the Normandy Coast and the Super gun
The creation of the UK Atomic bomb, scientific development, manufacture and testing in Australia/South Pacific
The Sykes Pichot Treaty
The Treaties of Versailles and follow ons
The 6 Day War.