Over the weekend I went to the Military Odyssey living history show in Kent. I've been to this show several times over the years but rarely in such good weather. This is a multi-period event with reenactors covering everything from Ancient Greece through to the present day. Some of the groups were small in number but all were as enthusiastic and friendly as I have come to expect at this show. Indeed the organisers had put special emphasis on engagement with the public this year and there were some very interesting displays across the site. As usual, I shot a lot of pictures and here is a small selection of my favourites.
As usual with these sort of events, there was a preponderance of WWII related equipment on display, so I'll start with that.
|SAS Desert Jeep - When the SAS was created it started life being ferried around by the LRDG. Very quickly the SAS acquired and adapted the jeep as its carriage of choice and many raids were carried out in these fast reliable vehicles.|
|StuG III - I think this is a replica vehicle I have seen before but sporting a new coat of paint, a late war splinter camo pattern.|
|I have seen this replica Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa at several events as part of static displays.|
|This clever and interesting Parachute Regiment display shows a specially adapted jeep being unloaded from what I assume is meant to be the hull of a Horsa glider.|
|A nice little vignette showing American Parachute troops from the 101st Airbourne. Note the 'Screaming Eagle' arm patch on the right shoulders of these uniforms.|
The thing I like about Military Odyssey is that this isn't an exclusively WWII event. At least half of the displays were dedicated to a wide range of earlier periods.
|I was able to capture the moment the touch hole was lit, showing just how much flame was expelled from the top of the gun as well as the barrel.|
|Very oddly sized reenactors... It seems scale creep is not just a wargaming phenomenon!|
|The Hoplite Association was formed in 2001 and was the first re-enactment group to focus exclusively on the Classical Greek Period. Their equipment was first-rate, but I felt their Phalanx was a bit thin!|
|Despite being only two ranks deep it gave a vivid impression of what it would be like to face a wall of speartips.|
|I missed most of the big battle reenactments this year as I spent a lot of time exploring the trade stands, but I did arrive in time to see the Sothern Skirmish Association fire massed volley at the end of their display|
|The Union troops gave a rousing chorus of Rally Round the Flag as they marched from the arena.|
|I may not be able to afford to buy militaria from the traders, but I didn't come home empty-handed. Three new T-Shirts from Art of War and some excellent reference books from Dave Lanchester|
I always think it is a bit odd, the popularity of the ACW in the UK... does it have to do with the dearth of politically acceptable British actions from that era?ReplyDelete
I guess its just such a big conflict and so politically and culturally significant, its more likely to attract larger groups of reencators together. I guess?Delete
You would expect a lot of Franco-Prussian war reenactors based on that criteria!Delete
I can certainly see the appeal, it is a giant industrial war but with marching regiments and flags, readily available and simple uniforms, and loads of English language resources, and yet it is completely foreign, since thankfully there was little UK involvement.
Anyway, thanks for posting the pictures and giving me something to think about!
It's a show I've always wanted to attend, so thanks for the 'photos.ReplyDelete
I nice because it is multi-period. There's something there for everyone.Delete
Excellent pics Lee. Love the Greek chaps!!!ReplyDelete
They did look cool, but needed a much larger group. Still, fun to look at.Delete
And I hid indoors with the AC on!ReplyDelete
At least you have some good reference material to fall back on.
It would have been nice to go to Chalk farm or see these Hoplites close up
Its was damnably hot, especially inside the trader tents.Delete
Thanks Lee for pictures!ReplyDelete
We love particularité the little scottish guy in the middle of the column... a kind of disguised Bilbo going in Modor to burn the ring! 🤣🤣🤣
They were an odd looking collection!Delete
Thanks for the photos and commentary. I was a bit confused by the screaming eagles on the right shoulders as the photo appears to show the left shoulders :)ReplyDelete
Lol. I'm going to have to paint L and R on my hands in future!Delete
I was struck by how the splinter pattern on the Stug is particularly effective when you see it against that background of trees..ReplyDelete
Concealed inside the edge of the woods I expect it would be even harder to spot.Delete