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.


The 2021 MMMHP Programme (Provisional)



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
29 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
31 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

(Note that all the 2020 presentation audio recordings and Powerpoint presentations are on the “nzsappers” website. EPLP = Evening Public Lecture Presentation at Globe Theatre and MMMHP = Monthly Midday Military History Presentation at Level 2, PN City Library)



The 2020 MMMHP Programme (click to expand)


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


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.