Welcome 

Founded in 2021 by historian and broadcaster Saul David – described by Simon Heffer in the Daily Telegraph as ‘peerless now among our military historians’ – the MHC is an exclusive club for lovers of military history with various tiers of membership to suit different levels of involvement.

 

The benefits include:

  • Guest lectures and dinners with celebrated military historians and practitioners at a top London venue
  • Invite to the founder’s book launches
  • The opportunity to write articles for the MHC’s publication Militaria
  • Monthly newsletter with book recommendations
  • Ten classic military history titles in eBook format
  • Monthly podcast interview with a leading military historian
  • Monthly video discussion of ‘Great Battles in 10 Minutes’
  • Subscription to Aspects of History magazine
  • An invite to the MHC’s annual history tour

Membership Levels

Gold Member

  • Invite to eight Guest Lectures and 3-Course Dinners (including wine) with eminent military historians and practitioners at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia, central London
  • Invite to founder Saul David’s book launches (during a year of publication)
  • Opportunity to write a 2,500-word article on a military history subject of your choice for the MHC’s annual ebook publication Militaria
  • Monthly newsletter with book recommendations
  • Bundle of ten classic military history titles in eBook format
  • First listen of the MHC Podcast’s monthly interview with a leading military historian
  • Exclusive monthly video of founder Saul David discussing ‘Great Battles in 10 Minutes’
  • Annual subscription to Aspects of History magazine
  • Invite to the MHC annual history tour for a member and guest (a separate payment is required to book a place on a first come, first served basis)

£2,200 per annum

(25% discount for five years+ gold membership)

Silver Member

  • Invite to four Guest Lectures and Dinners (including wine) with eminent military historians and practitioners at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia, central London
  • Opportunity to write a 2,500-word article on a military history subject of your choice for the MHC’s annual ebook publication Militaria
  • Monthly newsletter with book recommendations
  • Bundle of ten classic military history titles in eBook format
  • First listen to the MHC Podcast’s monthly interview with a leading military historian
  • Exclusive monthly video of founder Saul David discussing ‘Great Battles in 10 Minutes’
  • Annual subscription to Aspects of History magazine
  • Invite to the MHC annual history tour for a member and guest (a separate payment is required to book a place on a first come, first served basis)

£1,100 per annum

(25% discount for five years+ silver membership)

Bronze Member

  • Monthly newsletter with book recommendations
  • Bundle of ten classic military history titles in eBook format
  • First listen to the MHC Podcast’s monthly interview with a leading military historian
  • Exclusive monthly video of founder Saul David discussing ‘Great Battles in 10 Minutes’
  • Annual subscription to Aspects of History magazine
  • Invite to the MHC annual history tour if places have not been filled by Gold and Silver members (a separate payment is required to book a place)

£110 per annum

All prospective members need to fill out an application form. Applicants for Gold and Silver Membership – which conform to the calendar year – are invited to attend an informal interview with the club’s founder, Saul David.

How to join

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Lecture programme

Exclusive to members

Location: The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7DR. Tel. 020 7333 8726.

The lectures take place in the Stuart Room, followed by dinner in the Selkirk Room. Dress code: lounge suit or tailored jacket and tie, and the equivalent dress for women.  The use of mobile phones in the Club is forbidden except in certain designated areas.

A limited number of bedrooms are available at the Caledonian Club – on a first come, first served basis – for those MHC members who would like to stay overnight. To book a room, please contact: Reception ([email protected]).

The Caledonian Club

9 Halkin Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X

Forthcoming lectures

Wednesday January 10, 2024
Paul Cartledge, ‘Alexander the Great’
Followed by dinner

Wednesday February 7, 2024
Dr Stephen P. Kershaw, ‘The Battle of Salamis, 480 BC’
Followed by dinner

Wednesday March 6, 2024
Dr Mark Morris, ‘Castles in Britain: 1066-1650’
Followed by dinner

Wednesday May 8, 2024
Professor Jeremy Black, ‘The Great Game’
Followed by dinner

Wednesday June 5, 2024
Dr Robert Lyman, ‘Slim and the 14th Army’
Followed by dinner

Wednesday September 11, 2024
Saul David, ‘Sky Warriors: British Airborne Forces, 1940-1945’
Followed by dinner

Wednesday October 16, 2024
Gary Sheffield, ‘1st Battle of Ypres, 1914’
Followed by dinner

Wednesday November 13, 2024
Dr Spencer Jones, ‘The Battle of Spion Kop, 1900’
Followed by dinner

Podcast

Members hear first

Members have first access to the MHC Podcast, a monthly interview with a leading military historian. The first episode, released to members on 1 January 2022, features founder Saul David in discussion with Professor Richard Overy, one of the world’s leading authorities on the history of Nazi Germany and the Second World War. His many critically-acclaimed and prize-winning books include Russia’s War, The Dictators, The Bombing War and, most recently, Blood and Ruins. Other historians who will appear on the MHC Podcast in 2022 include Patrick Bishop, James Holland, Sir Hew Strachan and Richard B. Frank.

Great Battles in Ten Minutes

Members see first

Members have exclusive access to a monthly video of club founder Saul David discussing a ‘Great Battle in Ten Minutes’. The battles covered in 2022 will include Isandlwana, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Teutoberger Wald, Bannockburn, Blenheim, Quebec, Waterloo, Custer’s Last Stand, the First Day on the Somme and Stalingrad.

Saul will analyse each battle by answering five key questions: When? Where? Why? What happened? What was the outcome?

Militaria – published annually

FREE FOR MEMBERS

Gold and Silver Members who would like to try their hand at writing history are invited to contribute a 2,500-word article on a subject of their choice to the MHC’s annual ebook publication Militaria. Copies of the ebook are available to all members free of charge.

 

History Tours

EXCLUSIVE TO MEMBERS

Members have exclusive access to the MHC’s annual history tour. 

MHC Tour 2023: Airborne forces in North-West Europe 1940-44 

Introduction:

The tour will be led by Prof Matthias Strohn, Visiting Professor of Military Studies at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham, and, as Senior Associate Fellow, Head of Historical Analysis at the British Army’s think tank, CHACR. Matthias holds a commission in the German Army and has, among other deployments, served on the defence attaché staffs at the German embassies in Paris, London and Madrid. He has led over 100 battlefield tours and staff rides. 

 

6 Sept:

0900 Meet at Ashford international Station and board coach

Eurotunnel to France

Visit Grave, discuss the “Garden” (i.e. ground operations) part of the overall plan and discuss the US contribution to the “Market” (airborne) element of the operation. Analyse how the US forces seized the bridge at Grave. 

Approx. 1800 arrive in Arnhem

Welcome drinks and dinner

7 Sept: The airborne landings

We discuss the landings of 1st Airborne Div and the drop zones to the west of Arnhem. We analyse the German counter-measures, including the block line established by the SS and the German ambush which forced a recce force to withdraw. We visit the Arnhem Oorlogsmuseum. We follow Col Frost and his men to Arnhem bridge and analyse the fighting there and in other parts of the city, including the episode of Gen Urquhart going missing.

Lunch and dinner in Arhem

8 Sept:

We analyse the fighting in Oosterbeek, where the British HQ was located. We visit the Hartenstein museum (if you have not had enough of Matthias by this stage, make sure you use the German audio guide – he is the narrator!) and walk the airborne perimeter. We follow the evacuation route from the Hartenstein hotel to the river Rhine and visit Driel to discuss the Polish relief attempts. We finish the day with a visit to the CWGC cemetery.

Lunch and dinner in Arnhem

9 Sept:

We drive to Eben Emael in Belgium to analyse the 1940 German airborne attack on the strongest military fortress in Western Europe. We visit the bridges across the Albert Canal at Vroenhoven and Veldwezelt and learn about the German attacks there before visiting the fortress itself. After a guided tour of the fortress, we make our way to the top to discuss the German attack and explain how 82 German paratroopers could seize a massive fort with a garrison of 1,200 men in a few hours.

Lunch in Eben Emael, dinner in Arnhem

 

10 Sept.

0900 depart hotel

Arrival at Ashford International at approx. 1500

Throughout the tour, we will be staying in a four-star hotel in Arnhem. As usual, food and drinks with lunch and dinner are covered by your fees. Matthias is currently booking restaurants, but, as usual, we aim for good quality locations and food. For this trip, this includes, amongst others, the Restaurant Schoonord in Oosterbeek for lunch and the Moulin Loverix at Eben Emael.

 

Praise for Saul David and Matthias Ströhn’s previous tours

Madrid and The Battlefields of the Spanish Civil War, 20-24 October 2021:

Jeremy Archer: ‘Rack my brain as I might, I cannot think of a single thing that I would have done differently. Our trip was a truly excellent balance between warfare, culture and rest and recuperation. Matthias, I really don’t know how you manage to remain completely unflustered, “keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs …” Thank you particularly for making, re-making and then re-re-making the arrangements under such challenging circumstances. I am already looking forward to Northern Italy next year.’

Jim Ferguson: ‘Thank you again for another excellent tour. Battlefield tours just would not be the same without your knowledge, perspective and unerring instinct for an excellent restaurant! Already looking forward to 2022.’

Jonathan Skan: ‘Seeing the places where actual events took place really brought everything to life and I shall always remember standing on the Republican start-line overlooking Brunetta and viewing the countryside where all-arms warfare was put into practice for the first time.  I can only imagine how many hours you had to spend organising our four days in Madrid, but I enjoyed it hugely and look forward to next year’s adventure.’

Meet Saul David

Saul David is a Sunday Times bestselling military historian, novelist and broadcaster. His history books include The Indian Mutiny (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu (a Waterstone’s Military History Book of the Year), and Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport (an Amazon History Book of the Year). Alan Furst commented in the New York Times Book Review: ‘Tense and riveting…This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian.’ The film rights for Operation Thunderbolt were bought by Hollywood’s Participant Media and used in the making of the motion picture ‘Seven Days in Entebbe’ which was released worldwide in the spring of 2018. The film is co-produced by Working Title, directed by José Padilha, and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan.

In 2019, he brought out The Force: The legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII’s Mission Impossible, which was hailed as a ‘monumental achievement’ (Douglas Brinkley) and ‘an essential part of anyone’s library’ (Doug Stanton). His follow up book, Crucible of Hell: Okinawa – The Last Great Battle of the Second World War, was published in the spring of 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the campaign, and was shortlisted for the 2021 British Army’s Military Book of the Year. It was described by Antony Beevor as ‘Excellent…gripping narrative’ and named as an Amazon.com History Book of the Month and Daily Telegraph and Times/Sunday Times Non-fiction Book of the Year. In a 5-star review in the Daily Telegraph, Simon Heffer described Saul as ‘peerless now among our military historians’. 

Saul’s latest book, SBS: Silent Warriors – The Authorized Wartime History, was published on 2 September 2021 to universal praise. ‘A terrific book,’ wrote James Holland in the Daily Telegraph, ‘written with all the gusto, thrills and head excitement these SBS operations richly deserve. It really is one of the most enjoyable histories I’ve read in many a year.’  It was an instant Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, entering the list at No. 9 and climbing to No. 4. lt includes previously unseen documents from the SBS Association Archives, the first-time that Britain’s top-secret maritime special operations unit has opened its doors to a historian.

Saul has also written three historical novels, Zulu Hart, Hart of Empire and The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders.

Saul has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV and streaming channels. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Professorial Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham. He was Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham from 2009-2021.

“Saul David is peerless now among our military historians”

Simon Heffer, The Daily Telegraph

Contact

If you have a query about any aspect of the Military History Club, or would like help with the application form, please fill in your contact details and leave a message. Don’t forget to click the red ‘Submit’ button. Saul or one of his assistants will respond as soon as they can.