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Living History Bank Holiday At Military Odyssey

Military Odyssey is one of the few places where moving WWII Axis armour can be seen up close [© Bob Morrison]

The late August Bank Holiday is upon us again and that means it must be time for Military Odyssey, the massive multi-period living history show established at the Kent County Showground, near Maidstone, in 2001.

Whenever possible, right since the very first one, COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine has tried to attend this show to both meet our attending advertisers and spend a couple of days watching, and photographing, restored military vehicles. One of the beauties of Detling, as the show is informally called by many participants, is that during displays and battles vehicles are almost always crewed by authentically dressed reenactors; at some other shows is is not unusual to see owners and passengers dressed in modern day civvy clothing which jars on the eye.

Setting up The Burma Mule display watched by Wild West reenactors in period costume [© Bob Morrison]

It is not only modern era Living History groups that will be in attendance,  as reenactors as diverse as The Hoplite Association, Regia Anglorum and the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot will all be putting on authentic displays and even our friends from The Burma Mule plan to be there (get the kettle on Viv). There will also be plenty of camp followers around, dressed in period style and living under canvas, plus a whole range of wartime era civilian living history groups to set the theme and help take visitors way back in time.

Throw two display arenas, a massive battlefield, trade stands and a beer tent etc. into the mix and an interesting three days is almost guaranteed. As a bonus, the latest weather forecast is for plenty of sunshine throughout and no precipitation (I’m not going to jinx it by using the R-word).

To find out more, including times and prices, check out the Military Odyssey website. Present day MoD troops and personnel who present their ID card are offered Free Admission on Monday.

Authentically kitted out Red Army reenactors ride into battle on a restored T-34 [© Bob Morrison]

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