Tuesday 22 July 2014

War and Peace - Pt 1 Celebs

It's taken a few days but I have finally finished processing my pictures from War & Peace. I managed to cut them down from a thousand to about five hundred and have labelled all of them. Some of the more obscure vehicles were difficult to identify but I think I have managed to get them all. As always if anyone notices any mistakes please let me know and I will check and correct as appropriate. So on with the photo review... I'm breaking this down into several posts so I can include as many pictures as possible. Of course not all 500 will make it to the Blog but when I have finished I'll post a link to the web album where the whole set are stored. 

So I'm going to start off with a review of all the Celebrities I met at the show this year. Of course an event like War and Peace isn't about the celeb's that attend but rather the vehicles and equipment on display, but it was still non-the-less enjoyable to meet with a few actors and historians that I know and admire. 

TV presenter, military historian and teacher Andy Robertshaw

Herr Flick (Richard Gibson) and Helga Geerhart (Kim Hartman) from the TV Comedy 'Allo 'Allo!

Herr Flick and Helga pose with my Brother-in-Law Ray

Yvette Carte-Blanche (Vicki Michelle) star of 'Allo 'Allo!

Officer Crabtree (Arthur Bostrom) star of 'Allo 'Allo!

Lieutenant Hubert Gruber (Guy Siner) also from the series 'Allo 'Allo!.

"Wave. Or you vill be shot!"

Bruce Crompton is a former Para who has been in the Militaria business of years. Earlier this year his new TV series "Combat Dealers" was aired on  Quest TV. 

Bruce and his team were filming for a new series at this years War and Peace. He told me the second series will be 10 episodes and will air sometime in the spring next year. 

The Military Wives Choir were in the Victory marquee and gave a fantastic performance of "Sing"

WWI military historian Paul Reed often appears on television.

A celebrity of a different kind - The full sized replica Sherman used in the making of the film 'Fury'. Most of the vehicle is light weight metals and wood with a rig at front and back for film crew to shoot close ups of the actors. For wider shows where the whole tank was seen a real Sherman was used.

The missing paint reveals the turret to be made of some sort of fibreglass. 

The film is due for release this October. 

Another replica (the tank, not me). This time a copy of a Tiger tank. Again this is a light weight mock up on a powered chassis and is only designed for close shots of the upper hull (hence the tiny tracks driving it!)

Tomorrow I'll start posting some pictures of the actual vehicles on display in the arena and around the massive site. 


  1. Ray looks so happy in the picture with Vicki Michelle. She does not look quite so happy. Overall a nice selection of Pics and I will look forward to "Fury" Nice one mate.

  2. Good pics old boy, love the cast shots!

  3. My goodness - Helga! She made a big impression on me during my teenage years! :-)

  4. Helga...oh the memorys. What a great day you had. Thanks for sharing your photos with us smelly nerdy mob.


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