The Manchester Military History Society

The Manchester Military History Society Interested in military history and live in the North West of England? Then we're the group for you. Established in 1999 we are an informal group united by a common interest in military history. All are welcome.
Interested in military history and live in the North West of England? Then we're the group for you. Established in 1999 we are an informal group united by a common interest in military history. All are welcome.
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Each month we have a speaker on a military related subject followed by a discussion around that subject or related topics. Many of our speakers are published authors and professional historians. MMHS is a reincarnation of the Manchester Tactical Society founded by Spenser Wilkinson in the 1880s while a journalist with the Manchester Guardian. He went on to become the first Chichele Professor of Military History at Oxford. Reconstituted more recently by the late Paddy Griffith, we meet at the East Manchester History and Gaming Centre, Knivton Street, Godley, Hyde, SK14 2PU. There is a small admission charge of £4 per lecture to cover venue rental costs. We believe what sets us apart from the usual lectures is the quality of our speakers, the eclectic range of our subjects, and our informality. You are guaranteed a lively discussion afterwards with our mix of professional historians and enthusiastic amateurs!

Mission: To create a society where military history enthusiasts can meet, hear and discuss quality military history lectures

13/05/2020
Royal Air Force

Royal Air Force

The Berlin Blockade was lifted on this day in 1949.

The Berlin Airlift, which would go on until September, sustained West Berlin for over a year. It was one of the largest humanitarian operations ever conducted.

Over 15 months, British aircraft carried over half a million tons of vital supplies to the blockaded city of West Berlin.

#WeAreNATO

27/04/2020
Soldiers Of Killiecrankie

For people interested in the Jacobite Wars, this sounds really interesting!

PLEASE Help us spread the word - starting on Tuesday 28th April at 7pm, we are going to tell the story of the Battle of Killiecrankie. the first battle of the #Jacobite Wars. With #Coronavirus lock down, it is an opportunity to learn about the battle by walking you over the battlefield. Living on the Battlefield, James Rattray our Chairman will be telling the story through the eyes of two combatants. General Hugh McKay the Commander of the Scottish Government army and Cameron of Lochiel, Clan Chief of Clan Cameron. Both were here on 27th July 1689 and both have left detailed accounts of the battle for us. The 5 to 15 minute live streams will be every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7pm, here on Facebook as a Live stream.
http://www.soldiersofkilliecrankie.co.uk/
#soldiersofkilliecrankie #pitlochry #battleofkilliecrankie #highlandperthshire #hiddenscotland #scotland #scotspirit #igscotland #scotlandsnapshots #redcoats #bonnieprincecharlie #Perthshire #scotsmagazine #visitscotland #thisisscotland #explorescotland #scotlandisnow #explorepitlochry #xplorescotland #perfectperthshire #scotland_greatshots #bonniedundee #soldiersleapkilliecrankie #soldiersleap #scotland_insta #scotland_ig #killiecrankie

This has come to us from our friend  Alan Rawsterne:Do you have any testimony, photos or film of the VE Day celebrations...
23/04/2020
Victory in Europe Day – 1945

This has come to us from our friend Alan Rawsterne:

Do you have any testimony, photos or film of the VE Day celebrations in and around Rochdale during the summer of 1945?

If you do and you are willing to share, please email: [email protected] we'd like to preserve these memories for future generations to appreciate.

We've made a start by recording some details on the Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum website - To see more please click on the following link - https://www.rmnf.org.uk/victory-in-europe-day/

VE Day On the 8th May 1945, people marked Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) with street parties, dancing and singing, but it was also a ti...

The Western Front Association
21/04/2020

The Western Front Association

As part of the WFA's attempts to help members and friends beat the tedium of 'lockdown' we are delighted to share a massive new resource which is now fully available via the WFA's web site. There are over 150 podcasts that have been recorded which are now available via the link below.

https://www.westernfrontassociation.com/the-latest-wwi-podcast/

The Western Front Association's podcasts 'Mentioned in Dispatches' are an eclectic mix of themed interviews with experts in their particular fields which shine a light into areas of the first world war which are sometimes overlooked.
These are generally 20 minutes to half an hour interviews undertaken by WFA Press and Publicity Trustee Dr Tom Thorpe.
Some of the discussions are with well known academic experts - such as the WFA's Patron Sir Hew Strachan when he discusses 'War Without End' (Episode 150). Others are with individuals who we would not normally think as being relevant to the study of the war (for example in Episode 129 Pär Sundström, bass player in the Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton, talks about their new album, The Great War, and the fundraising the band has done for the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool.)

In a very relevant Episode 33 we have medical doctor and historian Dr Jane Orr who talks about the 'Spanish Flu' pandemic which killed up to 100 million people across the world between 1917 and 1919.

Why not dip into these and listen to a couple per day whilst we are all 'confined to barracks' !

The Manchester Military History Society's cover photo
08/04/2020

The Manchester Military History Society's cover photo

Interesting photograph
04/04/2020

Interesting photograph

Beau fusils antichar (rare)

02/04/2020
Abandoned Spaces

I knew nothing about this until now!

The Salpa Line stretches from the Gulf of Finland to Petsamo in northern Finland (now Pechenga, Russia). It never saw military action because the Soviet offensive in 1944 was stopped at the VKT-line on the Karelian Isthmus. The fortifications of the Salpa Line were much stronger than those of the Mannerheim Line.

Auspicious day to found the RAF?
01/04/2020

Auspicious day to found the RAF?

1st April 1918 sees the founding of the Royal Air Force, just eight years after the first powered flight.

22/03/2020
Canadian Expeditionary Force Research Group 1914-1919

Canadian Expeditionary Force Research Group 1914-1919

While awaiting demobilization in England during the Spring of 1919, the Official Canadian War Photographer was instructed to return to the Western Front in order to capture images of the desolation and ruins of battlefields of the Canadian Corps in Belgium and France. Lt. William Rider-Rider and his crew captured over 100 images during April & May 1919, stretching from Étaples to Cambrai, and covering almost every major battle of the Canadian Corps from the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915 to the Battle of Cambrai during the Last Hundred Days in 1918.

I wonder if Colon can find this spot?
19/03/2020

I wonder if Colon can find this spot?

Motocycliste cherchant sa route Normandie près de Caen

Looking for some WW2 history to keep you occupied?Try this podcasthttps://podfollow.com/982003188
17/03/2020
The WW2 Podcast

Looking for some WW2 history to keep you occupied?

Try this podcast

https://podfollow.com/982003188

A military history podcast that looks at all aspects of WWII. With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War.

The Manchester Military History Society's cover photo
17/03/2020

The Manchester Military History Society's cover photo

Anyone got a few quid?
04/03/2020

Anyone got a few quid?

This has been mentioned before but now official. It would be good to see this saved as an entity. Apparently if there are no offers to buy as a going concern, it will be broken up and sold off in parts. Something for the FSG to get involved in. Interestingly also talk of Coalhouse Fort also being closed by the local council and reused for commercial purposes.

Podcast on legendary #WW2 spy Richard Sorge.Btw WW2 Podcast is a great listen.
02/03/2020
111 - An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge

Podcast on legendary #WW2 spy Richard Sorge.

Btw WW2 Podcast is a great listen.

Richard Sorge was a man with two homelands. Born of a German father and a Russian mother, a fanatical communist, and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy.

The Manchester Military History Society's cover photo
25/02/2020

The Manchester Military History Society's cover photo

Cold War Conversations History Podcast
23/02/2020

Cold War Conversations History Podcast

In 1946 the Soviet Union gave its satellite state Romania 13 captured Panthers, Pz IV’s, StuG III’s, JgPz IV/70’s and even a Hummel self-propelled gun. The Hummel did not work, but it looked great in communist parades. German armour units in Romania were scrapped by 1954.

Cold War Conversations History Podcast
14/02/2020

Cold War Conversations History Podcast

1990 Rules of engagement for British Forces in West Germany #coldwar #coldwarconversations #coldwarpodcast #britisharmy #baor #rulesofengagement #westgermany

I'm hoping to visit this, it looks really spectacular!
09/02/2020
In Pictures: Stockholm's iconic Vasa warship up close

I'm hoping to visit this, it looks really spectacular!

A new exhibition at Stockholm's Vasa Museum explores the 17th century ship's role both as a warship and a form of propaganda. The Local visited the museum ahead of the February 8th exhibition opening.

On this day in 1985 Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage met in Tunis to sig...
05/02/2020

On this day in 1985 Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage met in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years.😳

01/02/2020
01/02/2020
The Tank Museum

I think this is right up Tim’s street?

Love WW2 tanks? Tick Tiger Day off your bucket list in 2020. See the world's only running Tiger I action, plus get up close with a Premium ticket.

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Hi. Im new to this and could do with some help. Frustrated. I live part of the year in france usually. There i have a commitment to visiting cwgc graves, in communal cemeteries away from usual tourists, to make sure they are well kept etc. One is to John William D'arcy Rigg killed august 1914 and buried in Argentan, normandy. He lived at 8 Albany Street, Gorton, near Showcase belle vue, which is no longer there. His wife was magaret cosgrove, and they had a son who was a grocer ib Altrincham in 1939. Cant find any surviving family beyond his daughter in law, isabella rigg, who died in 1981 in Altrincham. Anyone with any other info please? Id just like the family to know he is not forgotten. .
Rochdale VE Day Parade 1945. We hope you find the following of interest. A link to the Imperial War Museum and their “Voices of War” soundscape will be going live on the morning 8th May. Please share. #Victory75 https://www.rmnf.org.uk/ve-day-rochdale/
Do you have any testimony, photos or film of the VE Day celebrations in and around Rochdale during the summer of 1945? If you do and you are willing to share, please email: [email protected] we'd like to preserve these memories for future generations to appreciate. We've made a start by recording some details on the Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum website - To see more please click on the following link - https://www.rmnf.org.uk/victory-in-europe-day/
In WWI war aims last night I mentioned that it was the Prussian foreign minister who effectively created the Entente Cordials by over demanding in negotiations with Britain. I was not quite accurate it was the German Ambassador Paul von Hartzfeldt......the book is I believe The Anglo-German Alliance Talks and the Failure of Amateur Diplomacy by Adam Lajeunesse, University of Calgary 84 | In 1914 Great Britain and the German Empire were implacable enemies, embroiled in the greatest war the world had ever known. However, little more than a decade previously relations between these two great powers were far different. From 1898-1903 the two states were engaged in extensive negotiations meant to cement their friendship with an Anglo-German alliance. The ultimate failure of these talks was largely the result of amateur diplomacy. It was the failure of men like Joseph Chamberlain and Hermann von Eckardstein who, through their impetuous and occasionally dishonest dealings, prevented the honest and constructive discourse which could have led the negotiations to a successful conclusion.
EVENT in Manchester! See one of the greatest historians of our generation tell the tale that changed the course of the Cold War forever. Ben Macintyre, expert on twentieth-century espionage and acclaimed author, comes to Manchester to discuss his new book The Spy and The Traitor - the thrilling and remarkable story of the greatest agent of the Cold War, Oleg Gordievsky. Join us on Thursday 30 May, 7:30pm. https://www.penguin.co.uk/events/2019/ben-macintyre-tour.html
Hi do you have any Millatery trucks or cars . We or having a army weekend at Mottram show ground on 4th and 5th may 2019 . Camping army trucks jeeps small trop carriers ect many thanks john winterbottom
Corunna 1808-9, 'Dunkirk of the Peninsular War' STUDY EVENING Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks Preston Friday 7th Sep 2018. £12 includes generous hotpot supper. 07772 260584 Led by eminent military historian Lt Col John Downham MBE. Photo ID needed for admission to Barracks (Driving; licence). Free parking
This Saturday, June 30th, join us at Stockport Museum for the latest in local expert David Kelsall's fantastic talks on the 6th Cheshire Regiment in World War One; 'Going home?' The 6th Cheshires in 1918. Stockport Museum learning suite (Park Street) Suitable for adults 2pm - 4pm £7.50 Booking essential: 0161 474 4444
Greetings . I present to you my page dedicated to NARBO MARTIVS ( Roman Narbonne , south of the France ) , NARBONENSIS capital's and city among the top 20 according with the very famous Roman author AVSONIVS ( Ausone ) in ORDO VRBIVM NOBILIVM ( order of great noble cities ) : Narbo Martivs , première fille de Rome .
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Want to get an indepth knowledge of the year 1917? Why not come to the all day conference at York. Four top class speakers will look at various aspects of WW1 - from British Propaganda at the Battle of Passchendaele to the German tactcis at The Battle of Cambrai. Price of just £30 includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch. Full details here... http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/edit-events/event/1880-national-conference-at-york-1917.html
Monty (Field Marshal Bernard Montogmery) was of course the very famous and controversial commander who led the invasion of Normandy in 1944. Although learning his trade as a General during World War 2 (most noticeably in the desert campaigns of 1942-43) he was very much a product of the First World War. The Western Front Association, Yorkshire branch will be having its monthly meeting this Saturday (13th May) in which we will examine Monty's career in WW1 but also take a close look at the "unknown" officer who possibly shaped Monty's outlook and helped turn him into our most successful General of all time. This "unknown" officer is Brigadier General James Sandilands, who served with distinction in World War 1. Before the Great War, James Sandilands had a varied and exciting series of military experiences: in the Mahdist War of the 1890s he was mentioned in despatches for bravery. Promoted during the First World War from Captain to Brigadier-General, Sandilands passed on his experiences of staff work to his young protégée - Captain Bernard Montgomery. These were lessons and experiences Montgomery would never forget. Members of The Western Front Association and non-members are equally welcome at our monthly meetings. We ask for a modest £4 donation on the door which includes tea, coffee and biscuits at the break (before the Q&A session with the speaker). Any new visitors will be assured of an welcoming and friendly atmosphere among a group of like-minded enthusiasts. https://www.facebook.com/events/119800391920457/ Car Parking and access: There is a large free car park on site. To access the Hive Block, just go to the right of the school building and pass the cycle-sheds. The Hive Block is in front of you. We meet on the first floor. Lift access is available. Pre-booking of tickets is not needed, just turn up in good time for a 2.30pm start. Full details of event here: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/education/wfa-events/wfa-uk-branches-events/event/1879-monty-s-mentor-the-story-of-james-sandilands-a-talk-given-by-terry-dean.html