Events

The Society invites thought-provoking speakers to address the group, but the views expressed are those of the speaker.

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Hitler's Heralds

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Hitler's Heralds

In this talk, Nigel Jones, author of "Hitler's  Heralds" tells the often overlooked story of the men whose campaigns drove Germany's history from the Kaiser 's abdication in 1918 to Hitler's 1923 Beerhall putsch 


Entrance £10 (cash only), for talk followed by wine and nibbles.


One hundred years ago in the wake of the Great War, defeated Germany was in chaos . Convulsed by strikes, mutinies and open revolution, its embattled government needed a new military force to put down revolts and restore order. The result was the Freikorps. A mix of battle hardened veterans, eager students and mystic nationalists, these volunteered crushed revolts across Germany with bloody savagery. But when their task was done, dissolving the Freikorps proved easier said than done. Civil War became murderous terror as the embittered warriors morphed into the rising Nazi movement 

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Agincourt: Myth and Reality

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 26th June 2019

Agincourt: Myth and Reality

Over recent years there has been new work on the battle of Agincourt on both sides of the Channel. We can now be much more certain about numbers in the armies but there remain important questions to be asked on what happened at the battle and why the French were so emphatically defeated. Agincourt has generated more myths than perhaps any other battle. In this talk Anne Curry will explore both these myths and the reality in so far as it can be reconstructed.


Entrance £10 (cash only), for talk followed by wine and nibbles.


Anne Curry is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton and author of several books and articles on the battle of Agincourt and late medieval warfare and armies in general.

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

Wednesday 25th September 2019

1973 Yom Kippur War: Political Background and Intelligence Failure

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 25th September 2019

1973 Yom Kippur War: Political Background and Intelligence Failure

Despite the stunning and complete defeat of three Arab armies - Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian - in the 1967 Six Day War, how was it that Israel failed to anticipate and prepare adequately for the assault on two fronts some six years later? And how did the Israeli armed forces manage to regain control of the situation with a focus on the tank battle on the Golan Heights, known as the Valley of Tears?


Entrance at the door £10 (cash only), for talk followed by wine and nibbles. 


In addition to 35 years of military experience, Colonel (Ret'd) Tony Malkin also studied armoured warfare formally in Hamburg for two years. He has also conducted five battlefield tours addressing the Yom Kippur War.

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

The Battle of Balaclava

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 23rd October 2019

The Battle of Balaclava

The charge of the Light Brigade, during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854, is one of the most famous military exploits during the Crimean War of 1854-55. The war was truly a Victorian epic, pitting the British and French armies, allied for the first time after many years of enmity, against the might of Russia. Just two days before the 165th anniversary, historian Bob Kershaw presents a fascinating talk based upon his recent book in which he provides step-by-step analysis of the course of the charge, the various personalities and compares the reality with Tennyson’s famous poem and the 1968 film.


Entrance at the door £10 (cash only), for talk followed by wine and nibbles.  


Colonel Robert Kershaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973 and commanded 10 PARA. He attended the German Staff College, the Fuhrungsakedemie, and served alongside the Bundeswehr. An established historian, he has published numerous books, written many articles in the national press and featured in numerous TV documentaries. '24 Hours at Balaclava: Voices from the Battlefield' was published earlier this year.

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Details to be announced

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 27th November 2019

Details to be announced

Entrance at the door £10 (cash only), for talk followed by wine and nibbles.

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 24th April 2019

Rorke's Drift, 1879

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 24th April 2019

Rorke's Drift, 1879

In January 1879, in Natal, South Africa at Rorke’s Drift a company of Welsh soldiers held several thousand Zulus at bay around a tiny Mission Station. The battle took place at the same time as events in Isandlwana where the Zulu army crushed Lord Chelmsford’s force. For many years, Isandlwana was judged one of Britain’s most serious colonial defeats. Honour was partly salvaged at by the gallantry of the small garrison at Rorke’s Drift. Out of a force barely more than a hundred strong, 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded


With experienced military historian and guide Colonel Christopher Newbould, a veteran leader of many a tour to South Africa.

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Russia, 1812

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 27th March 2019

Russia, 1812

The story of Napoleon’s catastrophic campaign in Russia during the summer and winter of 1812. Alan Rooney, managing director of leading historical and battlefield tour operator The Cultural Experience, presents an illustrated talk based upon his own research and extensive travel within Russia and Belarus. 

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Landing on the Edge of Eternity: 24 hours at Omaha Beach

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP

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Wednesday 27th February 2019

Landing on the Edge of Eternity: 24 hours at Omaha Beach

Based upon his recently published and high acclaimed book, renowned military historian Colonel Bob Kershaw, formerly of the Parachute regiment, recounts the near catastrophic American landings at Omaha beach on D-Day June 6th 1944.

7.30pm - 9.30pm

St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9NP