Saturday I went to the War and Peace Revival show at Paddock Wood in Kent. This time I accompanied the Veterans and saw another side of the show that I haven't encountered before. I'm normally straight into the Living History areas of the show or hastening to the arena to see some armour in action. This time my day started with a service of remembrance surrounded by some highly decorated veterans.
|Don and Albert look through a book of D-Day photo's.|
|Inside the Veterans Marquee|
|Parade of heroes. Some very decorated men and women in this lineup|
|The drumhead remembrance service was very moving|
|John and Don have a 'little' snifter!|
As the service came to an end, so did the rain so we headed out for a very quick look around the showground. Luckily I've been here many times and I knew to wear some waterproof shoes! Let's just say the roads around the side had gone from plain old mud to mud-coloured soup with the passage of thousands of visitors and hundreds of military vehicles.
|This replica StuG is often seen at living history events.|
|This excellently restores Sherman is still covered with battle damage, shrapnel slash marks and impact scars.|
|Dust wasn't an issue...the mud looked like it could swallow up a person.|
|A mock-up of a WWII field hospital.|
|Did I mention the mud? Lucky my walking shoes are water proof.|
|The same owner also has this original StuG III Ausf D. It was one of only three sent to North Africa and was captured by the allies, this one being returned to Britain.|
|Myself and my Brother in Law Ray.|
|A fine example of a restored Volkswagen Schwimmwagen|
|This M3 Grant tank still bears the scars of years as a range target. A testament to the simplicity and durability of this vehicle the new owner put a new engine in it and runs it in its current 'swiss cheese' condition.|
|I've always wanted a Bren Carrier... it's on my shopping list should I ever win the lottery!|
|Another excellent restoration, a rare Valentine DD tank. The inflatable screen is very similar to those fitted to Shermans for the D-Day landings.|
|A classic Sherman. There were a few of these roaring around the site.|
|Two Hetzers owned by Kevin Wheatcroft. One has been restored and the other (from a Swiss range) is about to begin restoration.|
|Want to buy some track for your Tiger I? At £550 a link it could prove expensive!|
|Or a Panther wheel at £350... you need deep pockets if you're a collector.|
A wonderful and typically wet day but a good one despite some exhibitors going home early the day before. I guess the bad weather had them worried about their armour getting rusty!