SU1189 : Wartime Weekend 2009 (10), Blunsdon Station

taken 9 years ago, near to Purton Stoke, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Wartime Weekend 2009 (10), Blunsdon Station
Wartime Weekend 2009 (10), Blunsdon Station
The Wartime Weekend at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway near Swindon is an annual event, weather permitting. Among the attractions are re-enactments of battles and skirmishes that took place in the European theatre of operations following the D-Day landings of June 1944. The battle for the railway yard is all but over with the German commander being taken into custody by a sergeant of the 101st Airborne Division. To add insult to injury the sergeant is using the officer's weapon to enforce compliance.
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)
Monday, 14 September, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1104 8966 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:36.3402N 1:50.5190W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1106 8966
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