Military awe brought to life at show

WAR and the awe of the military were brought back to life at the weekend.

Monday, 28th May 2018, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 8:52 am
Members of the Screaming Eagle Living History Group from Farnham including General Patton. Picture: Keith Woodland (180297-02)

Overlord, the military vehicle show, descended on The Lawns in Denmead as visitors were wowed by the ‘magnificent’ display of history.

The event took place a few miles from Southwick House – a centre for the original Operation Overlord in June 1944. The exhibition depicted the history of the military from the First World War onwards with vehicles and re-enactors.

Barry Barren, 81, who served in the RAF from 1955-57, said: ‘It’s great seeing all the gear they have here. I couldn’t resist buying a replica gun and western belt.’

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Andrew Talpaert takes guard duty with 82nd Airborne re-enactment group. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-04

Overlord also featured static displays, trade stalls selling a vast range of militaria, books, uniform and curios for ‘pocket money prices’.

Living history groups re-enacted the lives of soldiers from nations including Russia, Poland, Britain, Germany, France and the USA.

There was also a 40s fashion show and a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight DC3 Dakota.

German re-enactor Rob Storey, from Surrey, said: ‘It’s a great event with everyone really getting into it. It’s one of the best around.’

Members of the 2nd Battle group relax in their communication tent. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-07

Army veteran Steve Marcham, added: ‘War and the magnificence of the military was brought to life.’

Simon, Joseph and Rod Ulrich in their 1917 First World War light patrol vehicle. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-09
Singer Becki Short. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-15
N Ireland Re-enactment Group. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-17
An American jeep. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-23
Different groups swap information about the equipment they have. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-26
David and Graham Hill pose in their Russian uniforms. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-35
American re-enactment participants relax by the canteen. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-37
One of many millitary Land Rovers at the show. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-64
Land Rovers driving out of the smoke. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-70
A trench had been dug at the show marking the 100th Anniversary of the First World War. Picture: Keith Woodland 180297-74