Military History

Group 33.  Leader- Nigel Hoad

We have presentations covering a variety of aspects – personnel, strategy, logistics, intelligence gathering, training, the evolution of weapons and their impact on battle tactics from ancient times to the present day

Speakers are invited from the military world, the universities, RMA Sandhurst, and from our own U3A members.

Over one hundred members are registered – and it is not only the men who are interested in military history. There are a good number of women who never miss a talk.

Each lecture is 1½ hours with ½ an hour for lively questioning of the speakers.

Contact  Group Secretary: John Bryant – – 01252 713671
Meets  Friday, 10.00 – 12.00. Monthly. 
2018  Sep 21  Oct 19  Nov 23
2019  Jan 18  Feb 15  Mar 15  Apr 26  May 17  Jun 21

Sept 21st   Capt Ian Hewitt OBE RN (retd)     Commanded one of our nuclear-powered submarines which played hide and seek with their Soviet counterparts both in open water and near their home base.

Oct 19th Lt Col (retd) Philip Rossell RAMC    The story of the Devonshire Yeomanry in the Gallipoli Campaign, brought to life by his great Uncle’s letters and diaries.

Nov 23rd Brig Alwyn Wight MC OBE (retd)    As a young Captain he led the SAS covert surveillance patrol which spent 26 days behind enemy lines during the Falklands campaign; he later commanded 22 SAS Regiment.

Jan 18th Gp Capt Peter Vangucci AFC RAF  (retd)     Commanded Squadrons of iconic Lightning fighters whose task was to intercept incoming Soviet bombers.

Feb 15th Prof Richard Potter       The Renaissance of body armour…via Concorde, Formula 1 and yachting technology(Kevlar and other composite materials)

There have been some changes to the programme for the rest of the year

15th March:  The Wavell Archive: FM Viscount Wavell was successively CinC Middle East, CinC India and Viceroy of India, presented by Owen Humphrys, his grandson; fellow Old Wykehamist and 4th generation Black Watch officer.

26th April: the Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra, presented by Jock Gardner, retired RN anti-submarine specialist and published military historian

17th May: Updated . “My relationships with politicians, from Mrs Thatcher downwards!’ Lt Gen Sir Hew Pike KCB DSO L/PARA.
Amongst other appointment he has been CO 3PARA, GOC 3DIV, Commandant of RMAS and Commander, Field Army.

21st June – tba