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 Yorkshire Wartime Experience - July 11/12th

I was here a member of 69th Field RA who took part in both days’ battles from the hilltop position overlooking most of the show area. A 25pdr and a Command Post set up also took to the arena on both afternoons to give a demonstration of a calling for fire support by a FOO (Forward Observation Officer).

The show organised by Ken Pugh and Stuart Wright, enjoyed roasting weather, and vehicles could be seen in a number of fields. There was a particularly large US camp set up and a separate field full of MV of all periods. Rare sights included the 1916 Albion, the Vickers Carden-Lloyd, one of Monty’s Rolls Royces, an Alvis Tactica, a WW2 T34, an M36 Tank destroyer and a 1934 Austin 7 APD.

A huge battle took place both days with much smoke and explosions. The stalls catered for collectors and members of the general public. A 200ft marquee had been set up for the evening dance and much needed bar. I thought it a very successful event whose focus is clearly on re enacting as it attracted some 48 groups. Particularly nice to see were the WW1 infantry.

The show photos should speak for themselves. I was on the hill with the 25pdrs during the battles so did not get any photos. Perhaps someone could submit some for inclusion.

Mike Humphreys
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