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As the Kent show enters its 14th year, Military Odyssey continues with re-enactment groups covering 2000 years of history and conflict as well as a whole host of new and exciting attractions for 2014. Said organiser James Aslett: “This year we have more groups than ever booked in and visitors and collectors will also have the opportunity to browse hundreds of trade stalls outside and indoors in the brand new purpose built conference centre.”
There will be numerous multi period arena events and, of course, all the usual battlefield re-enactments. Visitors will even be able to see ancient history come alive with arena battles between Saxons and Vikings with lots of sword swinging shield bashing action. Groups representing Napoleonic and Victorian eras will also be there with various explosive and smoky arms displays.
Southern Skirmish will be bringing the American Civil War to the event with a major engagement on the main battlefield and Spearfish Creek will depict life in the Wild West with its spectacular gun fight.
In a fabulous collection of archive images and contemporary drawings, The War Archives provides an account of Allied vehicles, aircraft and equipment of D-Day. Here’s just a tiny taster from the chapter on D-Day vehicles…
For much of the War, Germany was desperately short of trucks and other motor vehicles, having to make do with large numbers of impressed or captured vehicles, or otherwise unsuitable civilian machines. For the Allies, it was a somewhat different story. The USA, alone, manufactured more than three million soft-skin motor vehicles during the period 1939-45, whilst 680,000 trucks, vans and cars were produced for military use in Britain... and Canada managed a total of more than 810,000. By contrast, the German motor industry produced less than half a million transport vehicles.
For the Allies, cargo trucks were landed from D-Day onwards, and formed a vital component of the successful advance across Europe, carrying men, fuel, ammunition and thousands of tons of stores. For example, the famed American ‘Red Ball Express’ convoys ran 24 hours a day between August and November 1944, with some 10,000 trucks carrying a total of more than 400,000 tons of supplies to support the US First and Third Armies in the push across France and towards Germany.