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.

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.

The 2019 MMMHP Programme

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 – “The Causes and Origins of the New Zealand Wars”, by Prof Michael Belgrave, Massey University


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



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.