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.

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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Battlefields Under Threat By David Wilson

By on January 13, 2019
Battlefields Under Threat By David Wilson

In this presentation, battlefield guide and historian David Wilson will examine a number of significant battlefields that are under threat by late 20th or 21st Century encroachments.

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Australian War Brides by Ms. Eleanor Limprecht

By on November 22, 2018
Australian War Brides by Ms. Eleanor Limprecht

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Australian War Brides By Ms. Eleanor Limprecht Ms. Eleanor Limprecht will be sharing with us about the research which she did into Australian war brides who went to America during WWII in order to write her novel, The Passengers. She will talk about the war […]

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Transitioning the Post-War ADF for Combat Operations in the Modern Age By Peter Hayes

By on October 19, 2018
Transitioning the Post-War ADF for Combat Operations in the Modern Age By Peter Hayes

Before the RAAF has even taken possession of the latest addition to its arsenal of air weapons, the F35 – a 5th generation fighter – is being heralded as one of the most cyber tested weapon systems in the world.

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Centennial WW1 Armistice Tribute, Gallipoli, Western Front and Palestine – Eye Witness Accounts by Dr Jonathan King

By on September 13, 2018
Centennial WW1 Armistice Tribute, Gallipoli, Western Front and Palestine – Eye Witness Accounts by Dr Jonathan King

Centennial WW1 Armistice Tribute. Gallipoli, Western Front & Palestine – Eye Witness Accounts. The author’s campaign to switch the commemorative spotlight from Gallipoli to important but less well-known battlefields.

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Over Flight – The U2 Spy Plane Incident By Dennis Weatherall

By on August 12, 2018
Over Flight – The U2 Spy Plane Incident By Dennis Weatherall

The story of a very adventurous and heroic US Air Force Officer that was seconded to the CIA to overfly Soviet airspace at the height of the cold war.

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Monash at The Battle of Hamel: a brilliant pupil outshines his master by Robert Muscat

By on July 12, 2018
Monash at The Battle of Hamel: a brilliant pupil outshines his master by Robert Muscat

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Monash at The Battle of Hamel: a brilliant pupil outshines his master By Robert Muscat, a Member of the Council   Although the strategic goal was limited, the significance of the battle of Hamel on the morning of 4 July, 1918 was its standing as […]

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