Exciting battles wow the crowds at military show

DRAMATIC Field guns are fired at midday at the Solent Overlord Military Spectacular
DRAMATIC Field guns are fired at midday at the Solent Overlord Military Spectacular

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THE ferocious battles of the Second World War were brought to life at a military show.

Hundreds of war enthusiasts turned out in glorious sunshine on Saturday for the annual Solent Overlord Military Spectacular, which featured an adrenaline-pumping re-enactment of a Second World War battle.

DESERT RAT Jake Flowerbond

DESERT RAT Jake Flowerbond

Some visitors to the show – held in The Lawns in Denmead – wore authentic military dress for the occasion.

The three-day event included a display from the TS Alacrity Band, a live firing of an FH70 Howitzer, a build a jeep competition from the West Sussex Army Cadets, and an allied and German military vehicle display.

It was the 35th show organised by the society since it was formed in 1977.

Colette Harrison, from Fareham, visited the event with her family.

She said: ‘My eight-year-old son loves it.

‘We came last year and enjoyed the day so we decided to come again and watch the displays.’

Mia Michael and her son Christopher Smith travelled from Basingstoke for the day dressed in German military uniform.

They are both members of the Battle For Britain Living History Group.

She said: ‘We want people to remember what our veterans did so we can do what we do today.

‘Some people say “why are they dressing up as Germans?” but you can’t have it one way and not the other.

‘I’m ex-Navy and enjoy the camaraderie of these events.’

Ian Colvin, chairman of the society, said: ‘It’s a well-attended event by the public and the scene has grown more over the years, with vehicle displays and re-enactments.

‘It has been a good year and we’ve pulled it off.

‘It is good to see everyone enjoying themselves.’