A spectacular event

The Overlord Military Spectacular 2013 at Denmead  being held over the Bank Holiday weekend has been drawing hundreds and hundreds of military enthusiasts ''Winston Churchill - acted by Robert Easterbrook (66) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131412-3449)

The Overlord Military Spectacular 2013 at Denmead being held over the Bank Holiday weekend has been drawing hundreds and hundreds of military enthusiasts ''Winston Churchill - acted by Robert Easterbrook (66) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131412-3449)

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The Hampshire countryside roared with the sound of powerful engines and gunfire this weekend as military vehicles and historic re-enactors descended on Denmead.

Military enthusiasts and families flocked to the 36th Overlord Military Spectacular to watch tanks, trucks and armoured personnel carriers in action.

Steve Edwards , 48, from Lovedean said: ‘It’s a great day and the re-enactments are very well done – they give you a feel for the period.

On each day of the spectacular more than 75 military re-enacters battled against each other in recreations of famous Second World War campaigns, complete with pyrotechnics, gunfire and tanks. ‘I’ve been six times to Overlord. The battles are good fun with the explosives and all the firing,’ said Callum May, 12, from Horndean.

Trade stalls offered military souvenirs, equipment and vintage clothing alongside a hog roast and beer tent for thirsty ticket holders.

At 1pm each day a powerful blast shook the site as crowds gathered to watch a firing demonstration of the 155 mm Howitzer.

Rob Soar, chairman for Solent Overlord Executive Military Collector’s Club said: ‘It has been excellent. The weather has been good and this is the most vehicles we’ve ever had – more than 350 Second World War and post-war vehicles.’

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