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War And Peace Show Returns To Beltring

Vietnam-era re-enactors come under fire in the main arena at Beltring [© Bob Morrison]

Earlier today the five-day War And Peace Revival 2017 military and vintage living history show commenced at its spiritual home, The Hop Farm at Beltring near Paddock Wood in Kent.

Visitors to The War And Peace Revival, which temporarily relocated to Folkestone Racecourse in 2013 but is back at The Hop Farm this year, will be able to watch the action-packed battle re-enactments in full-scale choreographed battles to give a taste of the action at the Front. Thousands of restored military vehicles from around the world are also gathering at the venue to represent the armies of the 20th Century.

Living History scenes provide a unique picture of life in conflict and at ease, with depictions from WW1 to the present day ranging from British troops living in trenches to GIs in Vietnam to Russians relaxing with an accordion after a hard day in battle to WWII Germans plotting their next moves to Gulf War Coalition Forces patrolling.

In addition, hundreds of trade stalls will give collectors and shoppers the opportunity to browse through marquees packed full of treasures including militaria, antiquities, vehicle parts, books, memorabilia, clothing and uniforms and all manner of essential finds for the discerning enthusiast – everything from a shirt button to a tank.

For the modellers, an extensive display of some top class models will be on display, bringing enthusiasts from around the world – The War And Peace Revival is also a unique opportunity to see the full-sized versions of the models just by walking outside.

WWII Free French SF re-enactors with beautifully restored armed Jeep [© Bob Morrison]

According to the organisers: “For those who want a little more glamour in their lives, there will be plenty of style in the Vintage Village – a dedicated area for all things vintage and an exciting focus to the Peace element of the Show’s title. Discover the Victory Marquee (previously the V Marquee) with all its elegance bringing the 1940s to life with the best in entertainment from the mid-20th Century, or explore the Market Place with its host of world class dealers in fashion, homeware and civilian memorabilia from that period”.

Living history groups, dioramas and individual displays depicting civilian life from 1930 to 1960 have been given a dedicated area to show what life was like away from the barracks and the battlefield.

Home Front re-enactors and demonstrators will show the hardships endured by both men and women left behind. Civilian vehicles, peace-time activities and re-enactors will all combine to create a vision of the social backdrop against which several 20th Century wars were fought.

For those who prefer the real thing, full-sized real aircraft will take to the air to give impressive displays and flypasts through the blue of the Kent skies, so evocative of the Battle of Britain period. Facilities include a 1940s-style tea room to give a haven for those looking for a little break from all the excitement.

Evening entertainment for those staying onsite will include nightly music from across the generations. Access will be only for those wearing wrist-band passes. Tickets will be available to purchase by the public for the Big Band entertainment on the Friday and Saturday evening in our vintage Victory Marquee in a dine and dance spectacular.

¤ As the C&S team have visited what re-enactors and restorationists just refer to as Beltring since the very first show, to mark the return of War & Peace to The Hop Farm we have selected a few of our favourite images from past events held there.

For tickets click here – note that serving military personnel are offered £10 discount on production of ID.

PS: If you see our Editor, Bob, in the beer tent on Thursday, Friday or Saturday feel free to buy him a pint of Spitfire to wash the Beltring dust away 🙂

WWII Luftwaffe 20mm anti-aircraft gun being fired in the ground defence role [© Bob Morrison]

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