Friday 27 July 2012

War & Peace 2012 : Re-enactors

Shows like War & Peace couldn't be run without the contribution of thousands of re-enactors. I shot lots of pictures of them as I went around the site and here are some of my favorites:

Weary Germans begin to dig in before the Allied offensive begins
.50 cal Browning machine gun opens fire on the Germans during the battle re-enactment on Saturday
US Infantry exchange fire with the enemy while a Medic attends the wounded
German re-enactors on parade after being defeated again in the main Battle on Saturday
The Russian contingent were very entertaining. I thought this guy was miming when I saw him at first, but he was actually playing this Balalaika Guitar.
Panzer Crewman takes a break
The commander of the Stug discusses tactics with the SS Panzer commander
This SS MG Team uses the MG34 Light Machine Gun. It is being fed by a 250 round belt capable of delivering 1,200 rounds per minute.
I think this SS officer had the rank of Untersturmführer (Equivalent to a Leutnant in the Wehrmacht)
Even Comrade Stalin put in an appearance!
I'm still trying to cull and label all the pictures I took (I'm about half way through). I'm have a few pictures that are proving difficult to identify and label but once I have the majority completed I will upload them all to my online storage space on Picasa. When I do this I'll post a link here so you can see my final selection.


  1. Great shots. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Schullmeister you took the words out my mouth. Thanks Lee

  3. Okay, enough of this - I MUST visit this show next year!

  4. All your pictures are good, but these were great! Thanks for sharing.

  5. That shot of the Browning .50 cal letting rip; wow!!!

  6. Low the .50 cal and Stalin. Great shots.

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    1. Sorry Fred, accidentally removed your comment and now can't restore it! I was trying to reply, that I understand your unease. Its is a little incongruous to see SS soldiers and other camp followers wandering around. When you speak to them its clear that most hold no political sympathies with the soldiers they portray. I look on it this way, without the German re-enactors there would be nobody for the British and American re-enactors to beat in the battles.

  8. Splendid photos! I am not sure I would have had much fun actually being there (I am more of a couch potatoe anyway), but seeing those is great! Thanks for sharing!


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