This Day In History

  • 1945 92nd L.A.A, Regt Royal Artillery (formerly 7th Loyals), deployed on the west bank of the Rhine, begins firing on ground targets on the opposite bank in preparation for the Allied crossing of the Rhine at Wesel. 32,000 rounds are fired over the next four days.
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Future Events


Fri 29 Friends Study Evening – ‘Frogmen and Pirates’ – An Evening of Maritime Adventures. James Heyworth examines the facts and theories surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Commander Lionel “Buster” Crabb in Portsmouth Harbour in 1956.  John Downham relates the role of the 47th Foot fighting pirates in the Persian Gulf in the 19th Century.
Sat 8 Preston Military Show, Fulwood Barracks
Fri 14 Friends Study Evening. ‘The Power of the Still Image’  Roger Goodwin shows some of the great photographs of history, and why so many were war-related.
Sat 29 Preston Armed Forces Day.  Museum will be present on the Flag Market
Sun 1- Sat 7 Friends Annual Battlefield Tour ‘Normandy Rose II’
Sat 14 National Heritage Day. Museum open day.
Fri 27 Friends Study Evening. WW2 Naval Operations in the Mediterranean. James Heyworth relates the exploits of the pioneering Italian frogmen who caused havoc to the British fleet. David Rogan looks at the magnificent looking but flawed ships of the wartime Italian Navy.
Tues 29 – Sat 2  ‘D-Day Models.’  An exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, by the North West Model Shipwrights and International Plastic Modellers Society.
Sat 9 Memorabilia Day. Bring your militaria for identification by our experts. At the Museum. 11.00 am – 3.00 pm . Light refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes) for a small donation.
Fri 22 Friends Study Evening.  “Wars and Operations in Afghanistan”. The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment’s tours of duty on Op HERRICK.  John Downham outlines the history of our Regiments through the Afghan Wars.
Thu 12 Friends Annual General Meeting and Volunteers’ Lunch.