The Military History Society of NSW is for those interested in military history from ancient and modern times from NSW, Australia and the globe.

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Monthly lectures are available free to members and guests. Featuring renowned speakers from Australian defence and security organisations, universities, other historical societies and “think tanks”, these insightful topics provide great depth into conflicts and period of history of historical military importance.

CRIMEA 1855: How Britain built a railway to besiege Sevastopol By Colin Kay

By on November 11, 2019
CRIMEA 1855: How Britain built a railway to besiege Sevastopol By Colin Kay

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents LOCOMOTIVE OF WAR: CRIMEA 1855 How Britain built a railway to besiege Sevastopol By Colin Kay     The world’s first military railway was built in 1855 during the invasion of Crimea by Great Britain and France, known subsequently as ‘Grand Central Crimean Railway’. Growing […]

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Myths of the Somme By Major John Hitchen

By on October 23, 2019
Myths of the Somme By Major John Hitchen

The Somme campaign between July and November 1916 is widely regarded as one of the greatest tragedies in British and Imperial military history.

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SIEGE TOBRUK A Royal Navy Captain’s Story By Peter Poland

By on September 20, 2019
SIEGE TOBRUK A Royal Navy Captain’s Story By Peter Poland

Captain Albert Poland of the Royal Navy recorded his Second World War service in daily notebooks including the eight-month Siege of Tobruk by Rommel’s Afrika Korps, from April to November 1941.

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Hurricanes to Russia By Denis Smith

By on August 13, 2019
Hurricanes to Russia By Denis Smith

Denis Smith’s talk tells the largely unknown story of HMS Argus, the aircraft carrier which transported 24 RAF Hurricane fighter planes to Russia in 1941.

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Breakout from Normandy By Robert Muscat

By on July 19, 2019
Breakout from Normandy  By Robert Muscat

This lecture is the Society’s contribution to 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day. By end June 1944 the word most feared by Allied senior commanders and politicians was “stalemate”. US First Army and British Second Army units made few inroads into Normandy since the D-Day landings on 6 June.

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No Ground Given, 2/27th Battalion AID at Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill, Kokoda, By Adrian Clack

By on June 14, 2019
No Ground Given, 2/27th Battalion AID at Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill, Kokoda,  By Adrian Clack

At the battles of Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill, 7-8 September 1942, in the legendary Kokoda Trail Campaign, three sister battalions of the AIF were together for the first time.

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Sectioning a Leopard Tank By Paul Handel

By on May 16, 2019
Sectioning a Leopard Tank  By Paul Handel

Over three decades from 1976 to 2007 the Leopard 1 Tank was the work horse of the Australian Army’s 1st Armoured Regiment. In 2015 the Australian Army History Unit (AAHU) received support for a project to section or “cut-in-half” a Leopard Tank so that students in armoured vehicle courses could see the interior of a main battle tank.

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Defying the Kaiserreich by Bruce Gaunson

By on April 24, 2019
Defying the Kaiserreich by Bruce Gaunson

Did Australia have reason to fear Germany’s Pacific power? Most definitely yes argues Dr Bruce Gaunson, having examined the views of competent analysts at the time and dramatic evidence from the Kaiserreich’s records supporting those pre-1914 analysts.

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Sunk Warships, 1942: HMAS Perth & USS Houston By Natali Pearson

By on March 11, 2019
Sunk Warships, 1942: HMAS Perth & USS Houston By Natali Pearson

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Sunk Warships, 1942: HMAS Perth & USS Houston By Natali Pearson   The lightening advance of Japanese forces south to the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia) in March 1942 spelt doom for two proud warships of the Allied navies. Australia’s HMAS Perth and America’s USS Houston […]

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Militaria from the Gallipoli Campaign By Gary Traynor

By on February 15, 2019
Militaria from the Gallipoli Campaign By Gary Traynor

While the ‘Gallipoli inventions’ are famous, less is known about their ‘back story’, the human context and living conditions that gave rise to them. Gary Traynor presents Militaria from the Gallipoli campaign.

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