SU1189 : Wartime Weekend 2009 (8), Blunsdon Station

taken 8 years ago, near to Purton Stoke, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Wartime Weekend 2009 (8), Blunsdon Station
Wartime Weekend 2009 (8), Blunsdon Station
Members of the 101st Airborne Division re-enactment group receive a last minute briefing before going into mock battle with a German equivalent in a scenario set in Normandy in 1944. The 101st achieved something approaching immortality since its exploits in the latter part of the second world war in France, Belgium and Germany were portrayed in the television series 'Band of Brothers'.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway's Wartime Weekends
The S&CR LinkExternal link runs various events on its preserved railway. One of the more well-known is the Wartime Weekend held annually in September. The weekend is focused mainly, but not exclusively, on the second world war. These occasions allow numerous special-interest groups the opportunity to display and demonstrate their invariably military-based artefacts such as vehicles, uniforms and weapons. The highlight of the event is a battle re-enactment, normally set in France after D-Day as this enables the three main combatants in the Western European theatre, Britain, Germany and the United States, the chance to play their parts. The scenarios enable the participants to fire lots of blanks and make lots of noise and smoke. Victory rotates, one year the Allies win, the next it's the Axis. All very fair really.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Monday, 14 September, 2009
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Railway   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1101 8972 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:36.3726N 1:50.5449W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1100 8971
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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