Military History

We meet on the 2nd Friday of the month from 10.00-12.00 at Manor Park Sports Club.


Friday 14th April: The Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift 1879; Richard Edwards.

Friday 12th May: “Sappers and Miners”; Royal Engineers in the First World War; Roger Hunt.

Friday 9th June: Battles of 1917; Mark Tovey.

Friday 16th June: The Development of the Tank and Other Armour; Alan Gray (open to all!).

June 18- 21: Visit to Bovington Tank Museum and the military use of the Jurassic Coast in the Second World War; Malcolm Delingpole.

Friday 14th July: Operation Market Garden; the Prelude and the Plan; Alan Gray.

Friday 11th August: Whole Day on Operation Market Garden; Alan Gray (open to all members).

13 – 18 August: Operation Market Garden Battlefield Tour; OIC Jim Murphy, military by Mark Tovey and Alan Gray.

Friday 8th September: Preparing the Young Officer in the First World War; David Craig.

Friday 13th October: Wellington’s Operations in the Peninsula 2; Fraser McNeil-Watson.

Friday 10th November. The Trident Missile Submarine. (Phil Drake to org)

Friday 8th December 2017. TBD plus bring and share Christmas Lunch.

Friday 12th January 2018. Bismarck’s Wars of German Unification – versus Denmark, Austria and the German Confederation 1864-6; Fraser McNeil-Watson.

Friday 9th February: Fighters in exile: the Polish experience 1939-45 ; David Adams

Friday 9th March: Thucydides Trap; the Peloponnesian War and its Lessons; Alan Gray.

Friday 13th April: Battle of Imphal; Simon Sole.


You will see that the subjects for 2017/18 continue to contribute to our varied programme. Indeed, we are now getting offers for talks and filling in the programme beyond the next 15 months! However, you will see that more volunteers to talk are required for 2018. In addition, we would like someone to produce a humorous talk for December 2017 – there’s plenty of time to prepare! Please contact Alan, Malcolm, Joan or Jim if you think of things to include – all contributions ideas are welcome.


Bovington Tank Museum & Jurassic Coast, Dorset: A 3 night stay at a country hotel 5 minutes drive from the excellent Tank Museum at Bovington is planned for 18th to 21st June 2017 at a cost of £220 per person sharing, travelling down independently. This includes B & B and a group dinner on the first night. 10 rooms have been reserved on a “1st come, 1st served” basis. Please contact Malcolm on – for full details if you would like to join this trip.

There are a number of potential short visits which we are considering. All ideas welcome.


It is intended that the Group will continue to plan at least one battlefield tour each year, depending upon the level of your support. The next will cover Operation Market Garden (including Arnhem, of course) in the period 13-18 August 2017. Each tour will be preceded by a series of preparatory lectures, open to all. We are already investigating options for 2018, so watch this space.


Any comments, and other ideas for talks or activities are welcome. Please let Joan, Jim, Malcolm or Alan know.

Alan Gray alanjohngray -at- gmail -dot- com
Malcolm Delingpole malcolmdelingpole -at- gmail -dot- com
Binty Murphy murpcorp1 -at- gmail -dot- com
Jim Murphy murpcorp -at- gmail -dot- com

All U3A members are welcome, and prospective members may visit for a ‘taster session’.
Leader: Malcolm Delingpole
Phone: 01684 564699
Email: malcolmdelingpole -at- gmail -dot- com

Joint Leader: Alan Gray
Phone: 01684 572450
Email: alanjohngray -at- gmail -dot- com

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