05
Jul

Summer Skirmishes

by Alan Rider

beltring06_024Okay, time for a show of hands: How many of you out there grew up playing army? You know, running through the woods attacking an imaginary enemy in mock battles where there was just as much glory in leading your squad to victory as there was in faking a highly melodramatic death?

Well, the annual War And Peace Show in Kent, England later this month takes that familiar childhood fantasy to a whole ‘nother level.  In fact, the four-day event pretty well proves that old line about the difference between men and boys being the price of their toys is more than just another cliché.

One of the largest events of its kind worldwide, the show draws thousands of hardcore military history buffs, grown men (and women) who roll into town with some serious toys including more than 3,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery pieces.  There will be static displays and live battle reenactments on the ground and plenty of action in the skies, including a simulated dogfight between a WWII German Messerschmitt and British Spitfire fighter planes.

If you can’t make it to this show, not to worry.  You’ll find a long list of other military reenactment groups—from Roman Legionnaires to Viet Nam-era GIs—and events online at Reenactor.net.

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