South African Military History Society

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During May, the SAMSEC branch held a couple of training sessions which they then followed up with two short presentations on the evening of their scheduled May meeting. They have coined the term 'Zoominati' for their attendees. These have included people from all over SA, the UK and France.

Recordings of their two presentations are accessible to all interested people via the Society's web-site in the newly-created Zoom Lectures Library as MP4 files. Summaries of their lectures are in their SAMHSEC newsletter, again accessible via the Newsletter archive, or their current newsletter, on the web-site.

Training sessions are not mandatory but are to help those members who are unfamiliar with this new way of accessing the Society's talks while under Covid-19 lockdown.

Johannesburg has had two training sessions so far and will hold more sessions as requested. If you would like to attend a training session please e-mail or

In all cases when you attend a Zoom meeting you need an invitation from the host. Every meeting has its own ID and password. If you are already on SAMHSEC or JNB's lists, you will be sent this information. We are creating a master list of members who have expressed interest, to whom notices of all future Zoom lectures will be sent.

To be added to this existing master list, if you have not yet already done so by e-mail, please e-mail or

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Annual General Meeting never held - Chairman's Report for 2019

Any member who would like a copy of the Chairman's Report please contact Joan who will e-mail it to you. At this stage snail-mail members will be in the dark until the lockdown eases further.

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Future scheduled lectures: Johannesburg (ZOOM)

Thursday 11th June at 19h30

A shortened version of the lecture on The Hydrogen Bomb by Gil Jacobs

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We would have enjoyed the company of Dr Anne Samson in May but, again due to Covid-19, she has been unable to leave the UK. She is going to give us a shortened version of her intended lecture on Kitchener's Ladies on

Thursday 18th June at 19h30

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Future scheduled lectures: SAMHSEC (ZOOM)

Monday 8th June starting at 19h30 The Military Service of the Wiggill 1820 Settler Family by a direct descendant Mac Alexander.

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Branch contact details

For Cape Town details contact Carl Burger 082 333 2706
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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