AIR raid sirens sounded over Priddy’s Hard when history came to life at a war-themed event.
The Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport recreated wartime atmosphere at the former Royal Navy arms depot on Saturday.
Almost 100 volunteers and re-enactors took part in displays for the benefit of 1,080 visitors.
Naval gunners gave demonstrations of firepower and paratroops showed off their street-fighting techniques.
In the evening, visitors dressed up in the high fashion of the era for a 1940s dance in the Grand Magazine building.
Visitor services officer Marc Farrance said: ‘It went very well.
‘We had a lot of visitors and they all had a good time.
‘We were supported by re-enactors and volunteers who helped to bring our site to life.
‘The museum has been through a difficult period but now we have gone full circle.
‘The museum was officially accredited last week and it has been a dream come true.
‘It opens so many doors to us.’
The event was such a success it could become an annual fixture.
Plans are already being made for next year’s Spirit of the 40s weekend.