South African Military History Society

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Instead of a lecture the December meeting in Johannesburg took the form of a DVD followed by a get-together to allow members to mingle and chat over tea, drinks, biscuits and snacks. The evening was fairly well attended; another function in the room where our teas are usually served led to a slightly cramped use of the terrace. Fortunately the rain had let up so people were able to move outside from the terrace.

Thanks are due to Ms Evelyn Mushi whose cheerful assistance, along with that of Kenneth and Phineas, was much appreciated.

The DVD about the US Ohio Class nuclear submarines as a cold-war deterrent force proved an interesting glimpse into those times. Things which were "normal" during the late 1980s and early 1990s seem out of kilter when the sheer scale of Mutual Assured Destruction is viewed thirty years down the line.

A single submarine carrying 24 missiles, each with seven nuclear warheads, each of which could be programmed to guide itself to a different target city, gives a clue to the fear which ruled. There were several submarines out and about at any given time while a mission could last up to eight months with re-victualling being the only reason for returning to port.

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December 2018 Military History Journal

The printer closed for its summer holidays a week later than in 2017 so Journals were posted to paid-up members on 28 December.

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Subscriptions for 2019

Invoices were sent out to existing members in January
Single subscription = R250
Family subscription = R270, a family being two people sharing a postal address

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Please would members come forward with ideas and suggestions about increasing our Society's membership - speak to Chairman Hamish or any committee member.

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CR = curtain raiser ML = main lecture
DDH = Darrell Dickon Hall Memorial lecture MS = member's slot


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Branch contact details

For Cape Town details contact Johan van den Berg 021-939-7923
For Eastern Cape details contact Malcolm Kinghorn 041-373-4469
For Gauteng details contact Joan Marsh 010-237-0676
For KwaZulu-Natal details contact Roy Bowman 031 564 4669

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