Wednesday 25 July 2012

War & Peace 2012 : Trade Stands

I'm still working through the insane amount of photographs I shot at the War & Peace Show on Friday and Saturday. Trimming the pile down is the easy part, but labeling and identifying everything correctly is proving very hard indeed. So in the meantime here are a few pictures from the Trader side of the event. Half the event is dedicated to memorabilia traders selling everything from replica weapons for reenactors through to recently recovered airplane parts or even whole vehicles.
Remains from a Horsa Glider recovered near Ranville in Normandy.
Original uniforms and equipment can be bought from hundreds of Traders
Ray looking at an assortment of original helmets
There are also 'unusual' items on sale such as this very early Tank Corp recruitment poster. 
More uniforms helmets and hats, all genuine and all very expensive!
Ray purchased this German Helmet for his collection. This was recovered from Juno beach just this year.
The cast from Ello Ello.

Walking around the site really is like wandering through a museum only you can pick up and examine the exhibits in great detail. I could never afford to buy most of the stuff on display but while other people spend huge sums of money to own stuff, I get hold history in my hands for free. 

I'll post more pictures as I work through the pile so expect to see more over coming days. 


  1. I have to confess that I find this stuff intrinsically fascinating; often wanting to buy a little bit of history for myself, but as you point out the cost is now astronomical and I'm also wary of counterfeiters.

  2. The history photos are excellent, Lee, but you have surpassed them by managing to obtain a pic of Helga! :-) Oh my goodness, those episodes of 'Allo 'Allo were something to look forward to as an impressionable teenager!

    1. I have to agree... I think I actually blushed when she spoke to me. I'm 42 but felt like an awkward teenager all over again!


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