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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.