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.

Dr. Kevin Smith on The Sinking of the Corvette HMAS ARMIDALE on 1st December, 1942

By on December 13, 2016
Dr. Kevin Smith on The Sinking of the Corvette HMAS ARMIDALE on 1st December, 1942

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Dr. Kevin Smith on The Sinking of the Corvette HMAS ARMIDALE on 1st December, 1942 HMAS ARMIDALE (Lt Cmdr Richards) was sunk in the Arafura Sea by enemy aircraft on 1st December 1942 while on a mission from Darwin to Betano Bay in Timor. She […]

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David Cooper on The Battle of Antietam in the American Civil War

By on November 21, 2016
David Cooper on The Battle of Antietam in the American Civil War

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents David Cooper – committee member of the Civil War Chapter of NSW – on the Battle of Antietam in the American Civil War.

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Air Vice Marshal Bob Treloar AO (RAAF retd.) on Helicopters in Vietnam

By on September 25, 2016
Air Vice Marshal Bob Treloar AO (RAAF retd.) on Helicopters in Vietnam

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Air Vice Marshal Bob Treloar AO (RAAF retd.) on Helicopters in Vietnam   The presentation will be accompanied by an extensive collection of graphic material dealing with the role of helicopters generally in the Vietnam War and the Australian use of the Bell UH-1 (Huey) […]

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Mr. Brad Manera on The Battle of Fromelles through the eyes of Private Walter Eyles, 54th Battalion AIF

By on September 25, 2016
Mr. Brad Manera on The Battle of Fromelles through the eyes of Private Walter Eyles, 54th Battalion AIF

Mr Brad Manera – Senior Historian and Curator at Anzac Memorial, Sydney – on The Battle of Fromelles through the eyes of Private Walter Eyles, 54th Battalion AIF.

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Mr. Clinton Reilly on The Battle of Rorke’s Drift

By on September 24, 2016
Mr. Clinton Reilly on The Battle of Rorke’s Drift

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift was remarkable in that a British force outnumbered approximately 40:1 was able to survive and beat off the attack, while at the prior Battle of Isandlwana a British force outnumbered 20:1 was wiped out.

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Benjamin Howell on The Battle of the Three Emperors – Austerlitz

By on September 21, 2016
Benjamin Howell on The Battle of the Three Emperors – Austerlitz

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Benjamin Howell on The Battle of the Three Emperors – Austerlitz The Battle of Austerlitz was the zenith of Napoleon’s star which was fought December 2, 1805 (the first anniversary of his Coronation as Emperor of the French), and marked the climactic end of the […]

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Dr Kevin Smith OAM on Sandakan – An Unanticipated Captivity

By on April 29, 2016 with 0 Comments
Dr Kevin Smith OAM on Sandakan – An Unanticipated Captivity

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Dr Kevin Smith OAM – Member and Councillor of the Society on Sandakan – An Unanticipated Captivity After their large scale success in the early months of the Second World War the Japanese found themselves with large numbers of Allied prisoners of war without knowing […]

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Dr Stephen Bourke on The Battle of Qadesh 1274 BC

By on March 19, 2016 with 0 Comments
Dr Stephen Bourke on The Battle of Qadesh 1274 BC

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Dr Stephen Bourke – Archaeologist, Sydney University and Director of the Pella Excavation on The Battle of Qadesh 1274 BC The Battle of Qadesh (or Kadesh) c. 1274 BC is the first battle in recorded history for which we have a detailed account of the […]

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Mr Clinton Reilly on The Battle of Isandlwana, 1879

By on February 29, 2016 with 0 Comments
Mr Clinton Reilly on The Battle of Isandlwana, 1879

The Military History Society of NSW Inc. presents The Annual General Meeting for 2016 followed by Mr Clinton Reilly with a presentation of a computer assisted analysis of The Battle of Isandlwana, 1879.

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Captain Ralph Derbidge MBE, RAN (Retired) on The Vietnam War and the Royal Australian Navy

By on February 10, 2016 with 0 Comments
Captain Ralph Derbidge MBE, RAN (Retired) on The Vietnam War and the Royal Australian Navy

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Captain Ralph Derbidge MBE, RAN Naval Historical Society of Australia on The Vietnam War and the Royal Australian Navy hmas_brisbane The Vietnam War, 1965 to 1972 was mainly a ground war, but for the 13,500 members of the RAN who saw active service it was […]

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