Military History 1
The Military History 1 Group's interests includes the Army, Navy and Airforce. The group leader is Paul Mardon. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month.
Since our beginning our numbers have grown from the original four of us to the current ten. We encourage all members to make a presentation of, for example, a particular war or battle, on land, sea or air. The researching for the details is both interesting and fulfilling. The preparation can take time, a couple of weeks or even a month would not be unusual.
We also make visits to places of interest such as; Hendon & Duxford Aircraft Museums, the Imperial War Museum and the Royal Naval Museum at Greenwich &, on several occasions the Combined Services Museum at Maldon.
Our topic this month was 'Great Military Disasters' & perhaps not surprisingly the chosen subjects included quite a lot of British examples. Two members of the group talked about Montgomery's 'Operation Market Garden' (the raid on Arnhem); we also looked at the failed Dieppe Raid of 1942; the sinking of HMT Lancastria; the battle of Majuba Hill in 1881. We also looked at the Battle of Bannockburn which was a disaster for the English but not the Scots who have celebrated it ever since!
In November we will continue with the same topic including 'Communications Disasters'
This month was a combined visit with the U3A Transport group to the RAF Museum at Hendon. On a magnificent sunny day, 13 of us toured the hangars amazed at the quality of the displays & at the advances in technology evidenced by the progression from WW1 to the present day. Having said that, the job of an early pilot was no doubt every bit as stressful as the pilots of modern aircraft bristling with the latest gear. See Photos.
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