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The 1940's Society

Regular meetings and a newsletter make the society a must for 40's enthusiasts.


The Society

The 1940's Society hold regular meetings with lectures and discussions on different aspects of the 1940's. Despite the Home Front being of particular interest to subscribers, subjects vary widely and have included lectures on French escape lines and the Russian Front. Regular film evenings are also popular with classic wartime films and propaganda shorts being shown.

Meetings are informal and friendly with refreshments and cakes always proving to be popular.

The Society also produces a regular magazine which includes up to date information and news & views for those interested in 1940's issues. This magazine is no longer produced in printed form but but is distributed electronically by email and is free to anyone who suscribes. Please fill in the form at the bottom of this page to subscribe.


I am always interested to hear from individuals or groups who have specialist knowledge and would be able to give an informal talk or lecture to our members. Please Contact me if you can help.

Meetings take place at Otford Village Memorial Hall, Otford, Near Sevenoaks, Kent and start at 8pm.
27 March 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent 27 March 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent
>PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID19 EMERGENCY - Recollections of a D-Day Veteran with Les Fryatt.!!<

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking event.
29 May 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent 29 May 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent
PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID19 EMERGENCY - WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE LATER IN THE YEAR - Victory in Burma. Mike Tickner.

From Kohima, Imphal, Meiktila, Mandalay and finally Rangoon, the British and Indian Armies defeated the once invincible Imperial Japanese Army. Transformed after the Fall of Singapore, Mike will explore how the Forgotten Army learned how to win against the most brutal enemy in the most demanding climate and terrain of Burma.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking event.
31 July 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent 31 July 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent
PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID19 EMERGENCY - we hope to reschedule at a later date.The Canadian Navy in World War Two. Nick Fothergill

Rounding up U boats and applying the depth charge brand - the extraordinary story of the Royal Canadian Navy in World War Two. Regular contributor to the '1940s Magazine' Nick Fothergill will consider the role played by the Canadian Navy during the War.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking event.
25 September 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent 25 September 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent
'Doodlebugs' over England in the summer of 1944. Alan Williams

In summer 1944 London and the south-east of England were on the receiving end of 'V1' Flying Bomb attacks. Alan will explore the onslaught and its effects and also show the short nine-minute 1944 documentary film 'The 80 Days' which explored the defences against the attacks.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking event.
27 November 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent 27 November 1940s Society Meeting - Otford, Kent
'Entertainment in World War Two. Mike Brown

Popular author and regular speaker Mike Brown returns to talk about entertainment in Britain during the war years.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking event.

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