Having a blast at the Overlord show

A battle display at the Overlord show    Pictures: Habibur Rahman
A battle display at the Overlord show Pictures: Habibur Rahman

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THE fields around Denmead have been filled with the sounds of warfare this weekend.

But the public need not fear an invasion – it’s the annual Overlord Show which sees more than 300 military vehicles and about 500 re-enactors come together for the bank holiday weekend.

A plane on display at the Overlord Show

A plane on display at the Overlord Show

The show, which is organised by the Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club, displays vehicles from the First World War through to the present day.

And across the weekend, the re-enactors put on skirmishes and scenarios for the crowd’s entertainment, with thousands coming from across the country.

Dressed in period uniform and even smoking a pipe, Simon Ulrich, from Rustington brought his 1917 Ford Model T to the show.

He originally bought it as a rolling chassis and has painstakingly restored it to how it would have appeared during the First World War.

AT EASE Catherine Taylor, Paul Kodak and Jack Pittman

AT EASE Catherine Taylor, Paul Kodak and Jack Pittman

‘I bought it about five years ago and got it ready in time for the 1914 anniversary. I take it out to lots of shows and it’s done a lot of film work too.

‘I’ve loved Jeeps and tractors since I was a kid, so I’m lucky, I’ve been able to combine my hobby with my work, I’m an agricultural engineer.’

Brad Till, 33, from Portchester was there with his children, Elsie, four and Woody, three. He said: ‘I brought Elsie last year, it was only because I was driving past, saw it and was curious.

‘This is the first time I’ve brought Woody and he’s loved it.

One of the displays at the Overlord Show, called Just Ordinary Men

One of the displays at the Overlord Show, called Just Ordinary Men

‘He’s been out on the four-wheel-drive, and they love looking at the old vehicles and the plane. We’ve been having a great time.’

Emma McCartney, 38, from Waterlooville, and her son Jake Shaw, 20, are regulars at the event.

Emma said: ‘I’ve learned so much today, I love it. I’ve been trying all sorts of stuff out and asking lots of questions – people love to tell you about these things.’

The Red Ball Express team brought about 15 vehicles. Group member Mick Wilson, from Farnborough, said: ‘We’re really into the vehicles and the maintenance, but then we got into the battles and blowing stuff up — we’re basically big kids playing with big kids’ toys.’

Military music from the band at the Overlord Show

Military music from the band at the Overlord Show

The show has its final day today, from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

For more information go to overlordshow.co.uk

Phil Thorley attends to his vehicle

Phil Thorley attends to his vehicle

A group of military enthusiasts in their combat gear at the Overlord Show

A group of military enthusiasts in their combat gear at the Overlord Show