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Military History Society News

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging

Military History Journal
Vol 7 No 2 - December 1986

Society news

The well-attended monthly meetings of the Society have been continued and a list of the lectures delivered during the second half of 1985 and during 1986 is given below/appears elsewhere in the journal, and indicates a continued high standard.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 10th April, 1986, Mr Ian S. Uys was unanimously elected Chairman of the Society and the following members were elected to the Executive Committee:-

The Roderick G. Murchison Memorial Prize for the best contribution to the Military History Journal in 1985 was awarded to Cmdt S. Bourquin for his article on Col A.W. Durnford which appeared in the June issue of the Journal.

The Chairman, Mr Ian Uys, is to be congratulated on the publication of yet another book, namely, Longueval, which might be regarded as a companion volume to his previous work on Delville Wood and which deals with the German side of this battle.

The Society arranged a one-day tour to places of interest in the Pretorta area on Sunday, 16th March, such as the Air Force Memorial on Bays Hill, Melrose House in Pretoria Smuts House Museum at Doornkloof and Fort Schanskop. The outing was well attended.

The Durban branch arranged a one-day outing to the Colenso area on Sunday 25 May when Maj Darrell D. Hall spoke in detail on the role of the British Artillery in the Battle of Colenso on 15 December 1899, and the loss of Col C.J. Long's guns. A repeat of this outing was held on Sunday 31 August 1986.

Arrangements were also made with Col P.M.J. McGregor for members of the Society to visit the Air Force Museum at Lanseria Airport on Sunday 16 November.

Both the Durban and Cape Town branches of the Society have continued with their monthly meetings and other activities. (A report on the activities of the Durban branch appeared in the June, 1986, issue of the Journal).

Lecture Programme - 1985:

Month Title Lecturer
July, 11th Above the Trenches Maj D.D. Hall
August, 8th The Wars of the Roses Mr Stewart T. Stiles
September, 12th The Legionary and the Auxiliary in the Roman Army Professor D.B. Saddington
October, 17th The Gurkhas Maj D.Sheil-Small, MC
November, 14th The History and Development of the South African Air Force Museum Col P.M.J. McGregor
December, 12th Film Evening - Battle of Britain  

Lecture Programme - 1986:

Month Title Lecturer
January, 9th The Dreyfus Affair Mr W.J.P. Carr
February, 13th The English Civil War of 1642-1648 Mr George Tremoulet
March, 13th Defence of the French Cavalry School at Saumur in June, 1949 Dr Roy Macnab
April, 10th Annual General Meeting and Film Trooping of the Colour  
May, 15th Air Crew Briefing Mr Peter R. Fox
June, 12th 4th Field Battery, R.A. in the Cauldron Battle of June, 1942 Mr Melvill Milner
July, 10th Redoubts of the South African War of 1899-1902 Mr David Panagos
August, 14th The Greek Campaign, 1944-1945 Cmdt O.E.F. Baker
September, 11th The British Occupation of Canada Dr Felix Machanik
October, 16th War Art through the Ages Mr Clayton Holliday
November, 15th The Five Swimmers - The Escape of Willie Steyn and four fellow prisoners from Ceylon, 1901 Professor C.J. Barnard
December, 11th Film Evening  

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