They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
Extract from ‘For The Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the final year of World War One, the war that changed and defined the world we live in today. The War and Peace Revival commemorates the Centenary Anniversary of the First World War with a dedicated WW1 zone featuring displays, authentic equipment, Living History groups and workshops.
Included for 2018 are:
Sturmabteilungbrandt (Stab) – The UK and Europe’s premier WW1 German re-enactment group and the only one to specialise in portraying German shock/assault troops from the 1914 – 18 period. The groups display will centre on a concrete machine gun post, set within a muddy battlefield, barbed-wire obstacles and even a crashed Fokker!
Drawn from the much-feared 17th Division the 9th pioneers (the unit portrayed) are specialists in explosives/demolition, heavy weapons, weapon handling close quarter combat, night fighting and assault tactics, especially with flamethrowers. Sturmabteilungbrandt has been detailed, by the army high command, to be a formation of specialist troops that would act, not only as an exemplary force, demonstrating ways to break the deadlock of trench-warfare, but that would widen and share its knowledge and experience throughout the German army. All the men chosen were highly motivated, intelligent and very self-reliant.
Andy Robertshaw – Andy, whose specialist knowledge of WW1is legendary, will be presenting a series of interesting and insightful talks about the lives of British ‘Tommies’ at the frontline and how casualties were treated and cared for. Andy will also talk about an exciting new project undertaken by the Hawthorn Ridge Crater Association (HRCA) who are supporting and developing the most intensive study of any Great War battlefield ever attempted. The explosion of a huge mine under Hawthorn Ridge was the very first action of the battle of the Somme. It was recorded by Geoffrey Malins at 7.20am on the 1st July 1916 and is one of the best-known pieces of film of the Great War. Andy will have a number of original artefacts on display, recovered from the battlefields in France.
The Great War CSI – Sarah Gearey, Consultant Osteoarchaeologist will be giving a talk and a Hands-On-Session about the scientific and practical skills used to piece together the clues left behind on battlefields that tell so much about the people who fought there.
Talk: The Great War – An osteological and pathological perspective, is a talk which delves into how the study of bones, the grizzly injuries, sickness and diseases can shape our knowledge of the stories from The Great War. Sarah, will explain the science of studying bones and how they can help or hinder assumptions of the past.
Hands-On-Session: Each group will be provided a casefile with an identity unknown. Participants are given a booklet to build up their body of evidence. They will create an osteological and personal profile from the artefacts within and reveal a profile and tell a story. Sarah will be on hand to assist and help with osteological methods. At the end, we shall see how close you got to the truth. Each person who attends will get a certificate of attendance.
* There may be images/themes that younger visitors may find distressing therefore parental guidance is advised.
Two talks and two hands-on –sessions will run each day of the show (book your session at the WW1 Marquee).
Dawn Patrol – Dawn Patrol portray members of the Royal Flying Corps & Royal Naval Air Service from 1914-1918. On April 1st 1918 both of these services merged together and formed the RAF we all know today.
Initially formed on April 13th 1912, The Royal Flying Corps was the air arm of the British Army and primarily co-operated with the Artillery by offering recognisance, both from static balloons and early aircraft. With the onset of WW1, the RFC gradually armed its aircraft and personnel which led to the first Ariel battles and bombing of enemy positions.
With a faithfully recreated “Dispersal Area”, Dawn Patrol recreates the look and feel of a Great War Royal Flying Corps squadron on a typical Aerodrome of the period. They will display a wonderful array of uniforms and associated flying gear and equipment of WW1 and are happy to discuss their role in the conflict as well as talking about their uniform and personal kit.
With the occasional visiting “Officers Wife” dressed in typical Edwardian attire, there will also be the opportunity to chat with these ladies about their elegant costume and life on the home front.