Chalke Valley History Festival – More Photos…

After how well the Chalke Valley History Festival review article was received and the fact that I still had quite a few great photographs from the day unused (around 500+ in fact) I thought I should post a few more that people may also enjoy.

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Grease Monkeys at work.

In between a stroll around the Living History section, I managed to catch some of the US mechanics of the Red Ball Express carrying out some running repairs on their Hellcat Tank.

I also had to get a shot of the some of the great artwork on the side of the tank.

Seek…Strike…Destroy

The German Wehrmacht encampment was certainly a sight to behold. It was a hive of activity with men cleaning weapons, various support weapons and different vehicles on display, as well as even a fresh batch of German sausages being readied to cook by the chefs.

Wehrmacht troops cleaning their weapons

Wehrmacht troops cleaning their weapons

German mortar crews standing idly by

German mortar crews standing idly by

Fresh German sausages being prepared for the men

Fresh German sausages being prepared for the men

The display by the ‘Grossdeutschland Aufklarungsgruppe’ Living History Group portrays the German reconnaissance unit which saw active service on the Eastern Front during the Second World War.

That was not all though, there was a variety of other exhibits including a look at the side of the Second World War many people probably do not think a lot about and take for granted, that of the press, photographers and film crews who put their lives in danger each day to try and record the war.

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British Bren Gunner at work

British Bren Gunner at work

As a few of you may have seen in the previous review post, the CVHF also showed of a WW2 British 17 pounder gun in action which was both incredible to witness and also deafening. It gave you a real taste of what it would have been like to be around one of these great weapons in action, the heat, the noise and the choking smoke. Below I thought I would try and convey how impressive it was by showing the before, during and after shots of the anti-tank gun being fired.

British 17 Pounder primed and ready

British 17 Pounder primed and ready

Fire!

Fire!

Smoke engulfs the British A-T crew

Smoke engulfs the British A-T crew

Hopefully you enjoyed these photos just as much as I enjoyed taking them. They brilliantly capture the mixed weather on the day, as I managed quite impressively to return home having been both sun burnt and also soaked through like a drowned rat all in one afternoon.

 

4 Comments

  1. July 13, 2014    

    Fantastic report on the show! Any chance we could publish some of it in a future issue?

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      July 13, 2014    

      Hi Dave, glad you liked it, I would be more than happy to discuss it further with you. If you send me an email via the contact us form or confirm a best point of contact for yourself.

    • July 14, 2014    

      Hi Dave, I have a few pics of our display (GD Aufkl.) if you are stuck for any – including our two butchers :)

      See you at Kelmarsh no doubt,

      Neil

  2. July 14, 2014    

    Thanks for the write up and your published pics of our efforts History Blog – always nice to get a little feed back on our displays.

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