MMMHP Series

MMMHP – Monthly Midday Military History Presentation Series

For some years, the Engineer Corps Memorial Centre (ECMC) from Linton Camp and now in partnership with the Palmerston North City Council/City Library has been hosting a series of these presentations in Palmerston North.  They range across a wide spectrum of military heritage and history topics, presented by experts, world-renowned historians and speakers from the local, national and international scene.

Previously held on the Second Floor (Heritage Section) of the City Library, the 2018 deliveries have been hosted by Te Manawa in the Wilkins Theaterette.  These presentations returned to the City Library in 2019 and 2020, but had to be relocated to the Globe Theatre 2020-2022 to meet Covid pandemic requirements.

 

The DRAFT 2023 MILITARY HISTORY PRESENTATION SERIES (V2 – Sep 22) (click to expand)

The Engineer Corps Memorial Centre (ECMC) as part of the RNZE Charitable Trust and in partnership with the Palmerston North City Library (PNCL), will host the following presentations:

9 Feb (MMMHP) – “Second World War Conscription in NZ”, by Dr David Littlewood, Massey University
9 Mar (MMMHP) – “The Signals Corps Centenary”, by LTCOL Jared McGregor, RNZ Sigs
13 Apr (MMMHP) – “The Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina) in 1864”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM, FRHistS
11 May (MMMHP) – “The Battle of Manners Street (in April 1943)”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC
8 Jun (MMMHP) – “Vietnam War Presentation”, by WO1 (Rtd) Dave Hayward, RNZIR, ex Sergeant Major of Army
27 Jun (Tue – EPLP) – “The RNZAF (permanent Air Force) Centenary”, by SQNLDR (Rtd) Jim Rankin, DSD, RNZAF
13 Jul (Thu – MMMHP) – “The Battle of Kolombangara and NZ cruisers in the Pacific”, by CDR (Rtd) Richard Jackson, RNZN
10 Aug (Thu – MMMHP) – “70th Anniversary of the End of the Korean War (Armistice on 27 June 1953)”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC
29 Aug (Tue – EPLP) – “80th Anniversary of WW2 (1943) topic”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Glyn Harper, QSM
14 Sep (MMMHP) – “RNZN selected presentation”, by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson, RNZN, ex Chief of Navy
12 Oct (Thu – MMMHP) – NZ Wars Month – “Te Kooti’s War, 1868-72)”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC
11 Nov (Sat – EPLP) – “A Place for Heroes – The Battle of Rossignol Wood (Copse 125 – July 1918)”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM, FRHistS
30 Nov (Thu – MMMHP) – “RNZAF selected topic”, by PO(EWO) (Rtd) Dennis O’Rourke, MNZN, RNZN

(Note: These presentations and topics may change according to speaker availability. Also, that all the 2020-22 audio recordings and Powerpoint presentations are on the “nzsappers” website (Heritage Audio Section – see letterhead above). For 2023, all EPLP = Evening Public Lecture Presentations will be at the Globe Theatre and MMMHP = Monthly Midday Military History Presentations will be on Level 2 (Heritage Section) of the PN City Library.

 

The 2022 MMMHP Programme V7 Sep 22

The Engineer Corps Memorial Centre (ECMC) as part of the RNZE Charitable Trust and in partnership with the Palmerston North City Library (PNCL), will continue to host these presentations. The Draft 2022 Programme includes:

 

10 Feb (MMMHP) – “The Singapore Strategy – Part 2” (80th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, in February 1942), by CDR (Rtd) Richard Jackson, RNZN

10 Mar (MMMHP) – “The NZ Army Staff College at Massey University and Linton Military Camp” (80th anniversary of both, 1942), by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZ Defence College (NZDC)

14 Apr (MMMHP) – “The First Battle of the Somme in 1916” by LTCOL (Rtd) Prof Glyn Harper, QSM, Professor of War Studies at Massey University

27 Apr (EPLP) – WW1 “Global Catastrophe” presentation by Assoc Prof Maartje Abbenhuis, Auckland University

12 May (MMMHP) – “Life as a Beefeater in the Tower of London” by WO1 (Rtd) Partrick Nolan, RNZEME (now RNZALR)

9 Jun (MMMHP) – “Soldiers Without Guns – (Operation BIG TALK) – Part 2 – The continuing Bougainville and PNG peace talks”, by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson, RNZN

21 Jun (Tue – EPLP) – “First Battle of Alamein, including Alam Halfa Ridge and Ruweisat Ridge” (80th anniversary, 1942), by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Glyn Harper, ex – Massey University

14 Jul (Thu – MMMHP) – “Operation FARAD – Multinational Force Observers (MFO), Sinai” (40th anniversary of establishment/NZ involvement), by MAJ (Rtd) Mike Pettersen, MNZM, RNZE

11 Aug (Thu – MMMHP) – “Able Seaman Just Nuisance, RN”, by WGCDR Peter Hurly, RNZAF

30 Aug (Tue – EPLP) – “Balkans Blitzkrieg – NZ’ers in the Greek Campaign in WW2”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

8 Sep (MMMHP) – “Titokowaru’s War – South Taranaki,1868-69”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

13 Oct (Thu – MMMHP) – NZ Wars Month – “The Musket Wars in the early 1800’s”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC (in Heritage Section, PNCL)

11 Nov (Fri – EPLP) – “A Tale of Two Myths., 1914-15”, by Dr Ian McGibbon, ONZM, General Editor (War History) at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage

24 Nov (Thu – MMMHP) – “Hunting the Bombers – the Luftwaffe Night Fighter Campaign”, by PO(EWO) (Rtd) Dennis O’Rourke, MNZN, RNZN

(Note that all the 2020-22 audio recordings and Powerpoint presentations are on the “nzsappers” website (see letterhead above). EPLP = Evening Public Lecture Presentations are at the Globe Theatre and MMMHP = Monthly Midday Military History Presentations are at the Globe Theatre on a Thu, unless otherwise shown.)

 

 

The 2021 MMMHP Programme (click to expand)

2021 MILITARY HISTORY PRESENTATION SERIES (V3 – Jan 21)

The Engineer Corps Memorial Centre (ECMC) as part of the RNZE Charitable Trust and in partnership with the Palmerston North City Library (PNCL), will continue to host these presentations in Level 2 (Heritage Section) of the City Library and at the Globe Theatre. The 2021 Draft Programme includes:

11 Feb (MMMHP) – “The Knife Edge – Battle for Crete, by Dr Aaron Fox (Postponed from May and Aug 20)
11 Mar (MMMHP) – PN Military History and the Manawatu Mounted Rifles and other local military units (1870 to 1914), by LTCOL Peter Wood, PhD, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZ Defence College
8 Apr (MMMHP) – “Operation GRAPPLE – Nuclear testing on Christmas Island”, by Roy Sefton, QSM (RIP 11 Jan 21 – speaker to be replaced as a memorial presentation and details to be confirmed soon)
13 May (MMMHP) – “The Long-Range Desert Group (LRDG)” in WW2, by WGCDR Peter Hurly, RNZAF
10 Jun (MMMHP) – “75th Anniversary of the Formation of the UN” presentation, by Assoc Prof Bethan Greener, Massey University
22 Jun (EPLP) – PN Military History – Awapuni Racecourse and PN Showgrounds (by Leanne Hickman) and the Maori Battalion Hall, (by Maj (Rtd) George Kereama, RNZIR)
8 Jul (MMMHP) – “Operation BIG TALK – The Bougainville and PNG peace talks”, by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson, RNZN
12 Aug (MMMHP) – “Bloody October – The NZ Division before Passchendaele”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM, FRHistS
24 Aug (EPLP) – Launch of the book “Images of War II (WW2)”, by Prof Glyn Harper, QSM and MUP
9 Sep (MMMHP) – “175 Years of the NZ Army”, by Lt Col IJ Brandon, RNZE, CO, 2nd Engr Regt, Linton Camp
14 Oct (MMMHP) – NZ Wars month – “The Wellington War 1847-48 – Boulcott Farm and Battle Hill, etc”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM, FRHistS
11 Nov (EPLP) – Placeholder – 2020 WW2 Conference Papers/book launch – TBA
25 Nov (MMMHP) – Air/RNZAF topic, “USAAC Bombing of Japan in WW2”, by Dennis O’Rourke, MNZM

 

The 2020 MMMHP Programme (click to expand)

2020 MILITARY HISTORY PRESENTATION (MMMHP/EPLP) SERIES (Nov 19)

The Engineer Corps Memorial Centre (ECMC) from Linton Camp, in partnership with the Palmerston North City Library, will continue to host these presentations in Event Central, Ground Floor (George Street) of the City Library. The 2020 Programme includes:

 

20 Feb (MMMHP) – “NZ’s Involvement in the Boer War” (120th anniversary), by LTCOL (Rtd) Bryan Wells

The South African War No 2

 

12 Mar (MMMHP) – “Leadership in War – NZ’s Fighting Commanders in Two World Wars”, by LTCOL (Rtd) Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM, FRHistS

NZ Command in War

 

9 Apr (MMMHP) – “The Knife Edge: The Battle for Crete in WW2 (1941)”, by Dr Aaron Fox CANCELLED. A recording will be made available asap.

 

14 May (MMMHP) – “NZ Staff College at Massey University and Caccia Birch”, by Dr John Moremon
This will be recorded and made available asap.

 

11 Jun (MMMHP) – “Fleet Air Arm in the Pacific during WW2”, by Denis O’Rourke

FAA in the Pacific

 

23 Jun (EPLP) – “NZ Airmen in the Battle for France in 1939-40”, by Dr John Moremon

 

9 Jul (MMMHP) – “The Merchant Navy in WW2”, by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson

 

13 Aug – “The Knife Edge – New Zealand and the Battle of Crete” – Aaron Fox (Cancelled – moved to 2021)

 

25 Aug (EPLP) – 75th Anniversary of WW2 VJ Day – Presentation on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, involving the PN Japanese Community

 

10 Sep (MMMHP) – “Singapore Strategy 1920-1942”, by CDR (Rtd) Richard Jackson

Singapore Strategy Poster

Singapore strategy Sept2020 Powerpoint presentation

 

8 Oct (MMMHP) – NZ Wars Month – “Battle of Ruapekapeka”, by Dr Chris Pugsley

Ruapekapeka Powerpoint presentation

11 Nov (EPLP) – “70th Anniversary of the Korean War” presentation, by Dr Ian McGibbon

Presentation slides

 

12 Nov (MMMHP) – PNCC 150th Anniversary – City at the Centre: Themes and insights, Margaret Tennant and Leanne Hickman

 

The 2019 MMMHP Programme (click to expand)

The 2019 MMMHP Programme is well developed and will include another range of interesting and topical presentations.  Note that the 2019 Programme deliveries will return to Level 2 of the City Library. From July 2019 the presentations will be held in Events Central, Ground Floor, Palmerston North Public Library.

Including linked invitation material and presentation material

14 February – “By Seafire To The Middle Sea” by Dennis O’Rourke

By Seafire to the Middle Sea- Mil Hist Poster 2018 June (Poster, PDF)

 

14 March – “Development of Maori Defence Systems 1860-1864” by Col (Rtd) Bryan Wells

Development of Maori Defence systems- Mil Hist Poster 2019 March (Poster, PDF)

 

11 April – Launch of the RNZE Corps History book, “Won By The Spade” by Peter Cooke and RNZE capability display at the Globe Theatre

 

9 May – “A Mighty Coalition? – The Allies and the Battles of Monte Cassino” (75th Anniversary) by Prof Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies, Massey University

Allies and Battles of Monte Cassino9May2019 (Poster, MS Word)

Monte Cassino presentation (Presentation Slides, MS PowerPoint)

Warsaw talk A mighty coalition (MS Word)

 

13 June – “RNZAF Pacific Deployment in WW2 – A Credible Force ?” by Brian Oliver

The RNZAF to 1945 Te Manawa 2019 notes  (Presentation Slides, MS PowerPoint )

Credibility of RNZAF in Pac WW2 (Research Essay, PDF)

RNZAF Deployments in Pacific- Mil Hist Poster 2019 June (PDF) RNZAF Deployments in Pacific- Mil Hist Poster 2019 June (MS Word)

 

11 July – “War in a small boat: the story of Lieutenant Commander James Macdonald DSO, DSC and Two bars,D (2) RNZNVR” by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson, retired Chief of Navy

War in a Small Boat- Mil Hist Poster 2019 July (Poster, PDF)

James Macdonald Research Essay (MS Word)

James Macdonald (Presentation Slides, MS Powerpoint)

 

8 August – “NZ Wireless Troop in Mesopotamia During WW1” by John O’Reilly

Poster

NZ Wireless Troop in Mesopotamia During WW1 8 Aug 19 (PDF)

 

12 September – “Restoring and Operating a Spitfire”, by Wg Cdr (Hon) Brendon Deere

Link to PowerPoint presentation on Google Docs. (please note the file is very large – over 500MB)

 

10 October – “’What is in a name?’ The New Zealand Civil Wars”, by Prof Michael Belgrave, Massey University

MMMHP_OCT2019_NZWars What is in a name?  (MS PPT)

 

14 November – “New Zealanders Serving in Other Forces During WW1”, by Prof Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies, Massey University

Presentation slides

 

The 2018 MMMHP Programme (click to expand)

15 February – “Sinai Campaign and the Battle of Beersheba in WW1”, by Col Peter Wood, HQ NZDF;

15 March – “The Air War in WW1” – the book “Fearless”, by Dr Adam Claasen, Massey University;

9 April – “Laser Survey of the Arras Tunnels project – NZE Tunnellers in WW1”, by Richard Hemi, Otago University;

3 May – Special Presentation – “Operation Sea Lion – 1940 Nazi Invasion of England in Fact and Fiction”, by Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton (UK);

17 May – “NZ Division vs Germans in the 1918 Spring Offensive”, by Lt Gen (Rtd) Rhys Jones, previous Chief of NZ Defence Force;

14 June – “Battle of Britain and NZ’ers involved”, by Hon Wg Cdr Brendon Deere, Heritage Flight, RNZZAF Base Ohakea;

12 July – “New Zealanders in Mini-submarines in SE Asian Operations in WW2”, by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson, previous Chief of Navy (RNZN);

9 August – “History of the Red Cross during WW1 and WW2”, by Emeritus Professor Margaret Tennant;

13 September – “New Zealand Conscientious Objectors in WW1 and WW2”, by Lesley Courtney (Heritage Team Leader, PNCC City Library) and Margaret Tate;

11 October – “The New Zealand Land Wars” (focusing on the Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and Kapiti areas), by Lt Col Richard Taylor, Commandant, NZDF Command and Staff College; and

8 November – “The Battle for Le Quesnoy and the end of WW1”, by Professor Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies, Massey University.