Wednesday 2 September 2009

Military Odyssey 2009

On Bank Holiday Monday I went to the Military Odyssey Living History event at the Kent County Showground. I've been to this event several times and this was the events 9th year. It features re-enactors and traders covering a wide range of periods.
As well as larger battle reenactments there are also much smaller displays such as this one by the Hopolite Association.
Of course the more popular - and therefore larger - periods are represented very well at an event like this. This American Civil War display was demonstrating battlefield drill.
Although much smaller in number I thought the WWI re-enactors put on one of the best demo's of the day. The British were represented by groups like The Birmingham Pals & the 10th Essex. The massive German army was represented by about 8 re-enactors from Infantry Regiment 28.
The thing I like about this event is that there is always something to surprise. And the quality of the recreations is always very high. This year the event seems a little slow and didn't get busy until after lunch. I spoke to several traders and they said that business had been brisk over the weekend. Maybe the weather (which started off a bit gray) put people off.
There was a distinct lack of Armour at this years show. The only WWII tank (on either side) was a Pz.Kpfw. IV (medium tank). We saw this vehicle a couple of weeks ago at the Damyns Hall Display. The Panzer IV was the mainstay of the German Panzer Divisions during WWII, in production - with various upgrades in weapons & Armour - for the whole of the conflict.
I'll try to post some more video from the event in coming days but in the meantime here's a link to my Picasa Web Album for this event.


  1. Love the caption on the Me-109! Is it contemporary?

  2. Not sure if it's contemporary although this exampler of humor in the face of adversity definately sums up the "wartime spirit".

  3. It certainly hits the nail on the head in terms of tone. I suspect I shall pilfer the phrase in a wargame at some stage


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