South African Military History Society


The Chairman, Professor Copley, began the December meeting of the Society with a short slide-illustrated account of the Society's outings during 1991 - Pretoria forts; Diamond Hill forts; Rietfontein cemetery, Silkaats and Commando Nek.

The main speaker of the evening was Captain Ivor Little who gave a fascinating talk entitled "The U S Navy and the Revolutionary War of 1776". His often amusing account of the war at sea, also dealt briefly with the development of the modern U S Navy from these comparatively humble beginnings.

The January meeting commenced with an interesting short talk by Mr Avram Pelunsky on "Early Military Wireless with some South African associations".

The main speaker Mr Achilles Kallos then addressed the members on the sublect of the Greek War of Independence 1821. The War, which lasted 8 years, finally freed Greece from Turkish domination.

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An hour-long video called "The Legendary 51st" and dealing with the battles in which the 51st (Highland) Division saw action, is available from:

Lt. Col. Alastair Rose
Honorary Secretary,
Highland Division Club
Army H.Q.
P O Box 85

Copies are available at approximately £12.00 each, but we suggest that a written enquiry should precede any order sent, as there may be an additional postage charge.

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The programme of talks for the rest of 1992 is as follows:


Feb 13th Wellington's Peninsular War 1807-1813
Mr Martin Ayres

Mar 12th The S A Airforce in Madagascar
Col. Jack Clayton

Apr 9th AGM
My Escapes as a POW WWII
Mr Lionel Bussin

May 14th The Manufacture of War Gas in S A
Mr John Keene

June 11th Tobruk
Col. G R Duxbury

July 9th Dogs of War. Observation Balloons
Cmd & Mrs Fordred

Aug 13th The Rhine Cauldron: An airborne soldier's experience
Dr Walter Murton

Sept 10th History of Armoured Warfare to 1939
Col Jack Murray-Wall

Oct 8th Inside Story Reminiscences of a POW Mr Ike Rosmarin

Nov 12th Zeppelins
Mr John Mahncke

Dec 10th In the wake of HMS Dragon
Capt Ivor Little

Cape Town
Details are available from Maj A Gordon at (021) 61-4500.

Details are available from Mrs Tania van der Watt at (031) 764-2970.

Jennifer Copley
(01211) 30447

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