RE: BMMHS Zoom Talk Invitation - They Shoot Spies

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Jun 6, 2023, 12:54:56 PMJun 6

Hi All


Yes short notice and some may be interested in the Zoom Talk.




From: British Modern Military History Society []
Sent: 06 June 2023 09:29
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Subject: BMMHS Zoom Talk Invitation - They Shoot Spies


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They Shoot Spies

In late November 1917, a telegram was delivered to the presiding judge of Marseille's Military Tribunal.  The President of the French Republic had finally reached his decision about a former resident of Geneva, Régina Diana.  But who was Régina, what was she doing in Marseille and why, in the middle of the darkest days of World War One, had Raymond Poincaré been called upon to decide her fate?  

This talk, full of murk, mystery and intrigue, weaves its way across Switzerland and France demonstrating how seeds sown in the early years of the 20th century grew into a mighty espionage tree.  Yet both France and Switzerland seemed determined to keep Régina hidden for 99 years until the past was finally forced to give up its secrets.

Viv Newman gained her PhD from the University of Essex for her thesis "Songs of Wartime Lives: Women’s Poetry of the First World War."  A member of the Royal Historical Society, she was selected by the BBC as an‘Expert Women’ and speaks widely about women in WW1 on radio, national and international conferences as well as for specialist and general interest audiences.  Known for disturbing myths and challenging received wisdom about women in the Great War. 

A donation of £5 is requested for each Zoom talk to help keep BMMHS going to cover things such as speaker costs and licence fees. 

Please contact us on to register for this meeting.


Please click on the link below to join the talk




Joining Instructions
We will send out an email which will include the joining instructions the day before the talk. By clicking on the link you should be able to join the meeting.  We will hold a Q&A via the Zoom chat mechanism and the questions will be answered at the end of the talk. The duration of the talk including the Q&A will be about an hour and a half.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us on 

Like many other organisations, the BMMHS can only survive in these difficult times with income from talks and donations to cover the costs of speakers, insurances, licence fees, the website etc  as well as our continued contributions to military related charities. 
Therefore we are asking for a donation from everyone who attends the Zoom talks.
The requested donation for the Zoom talks is as follows:
·         Single Talk           £5
·         Block of 5 talks    £20
·         Block of 10 talks  £40

Payment can easily be made by bank transfer into BMMHS account or via PayPal.

For those who made a payment for 5 Zoom talks and have now used them up, please make another donation for the next block of talks.  Thank you.

Bank Transfer 
·         Account Name:   British Modern Military History Society
·         Barclays Bank
·         Sort code 20 65 20 
·         Account number 13786250 
·         Use your initial and surname as the reference on your payment  i.e. JSmith

To make your Payment by PayPal
Simply, log onto your PayPal account, click “Send Money”; enter the amount you wish to pay.  Please make the payment in Pounds Sterling for one or more talks (see above) and enter the following e-mail address and click send.  

Please try to make your payment before the start of the talks, and if you would like an acknowledgement of receipt of payment, please email us on

Further details on BMMHS Zoom talks and the BMMHS Events Schedule may be found on


We look forward to welcoming you to our BMMHS Virtual Talk.

The BMMHS Team



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