The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods


NEW ITEMS ON THE ‘ORDNANCE RELATED EVENTS’ PAGE

Details of the postponed Naval Dockyards Society Conference entitled “Where Empires Collide: Dockyards and Naval Bases in and around the Indian Ocean” now to be held 31st October 2020 at Greenwich, are on the Ordnance Related Events page.

The call for papers for their 25th Annual Conference on 27th March 2021 is also on the same page.


ORDNANCE SOCIETY FREE DOWNLOADS – MORE ADDED

A growing number of Ordnance Society members are sending items for the new ‘Ordnance Downloads’ page and three more have now been uploaded.  There is another excellent item from Alistair Graham Kerr on Ammunition, a copy of a WW1 booklet on ammunition for 13-pr, 18-pr and 4.5-in Q.F. guns; and a rare, fully illustrated ‘sales’ book for a WW1 11-inch Trench Howitzer from Armstrong Whitworth Ltd.  The latter is from Ed Dittus who has also sent a vast collection of books, pamphlets and extracts on many types of ordnance.  These are being sorted for uploading to the OS website downloads page over the next week or two.


IMPROVEMENTS TO NEWSLETTER INDEXING

The listing of all the Newsletter Contents, by issue, has finally been completed (thanks to Alastair Fyfe); and an alphabetical list of articles is being developed which will be available soon.  This is part of an ongoing project to improve and tidy up the Publications page.


REMOTE ORDNANCE SOCIETY BOARD MEETING

A remote board meeting was held yesterday using the ‘GoToMeeting’ video-conferencing software with seven board members linking up. We have had previous small trials before with one or two people joining the meeting remotely, but this was the first full-blown remote meeting. There were one or two minor transient technical glitches but overall it worked very well. We shall certainly use the facility again; minutes will be included as usual in the next Newsletter.