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It was originally the intention to demolish the WW1 trench system for 2019, but as it has proven to be incredibly popular it has been given a stay of execution and in fact expanded tp include an underground tunnel system. I do not think anywhere else in the world will you find a more extensive and accurate recreation of a WW1 trench system. Here are a few photos taken a some weeks ago of the preparation. I understand that they hope to have three MKIV Tank replicas together this year With Daemon II coming over from Europe.

 

 

 

 

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They are also expanding the site to include a WW2 French village. I have copied Martins words from the Facebook page:

The construction of our post D-Day battle damaged French village is well under way with the buildings now having emerged from the ground, consisting of a number of badly damaged cottages, a garage/petrol station and a NAAFI attached to the remains of a building.

Across the village green is a period café bar which will be serving beers and wines etc. throughout the show. At the top of the village green is the music stage to be constructed shortly to resemble an open sided farm building flanked by rubble and period vehicles.

The roadways of the village have been excavated and are awaiting the infilling of appropriate surfacing materials. There is still a fair amount of building to complete including rendering of the buildings, roofing of the bar and rubble infilling using our 500 tons of brick rubble currently stored on site.

To the south of the village is the main military vehicle park and camp.

All around the village area will be parked both military, civilian and French resistance vehicles of the era, which will depict a fascinating recreation of a French village of 75 years ago during WW2 after being liberated by the Allies.

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A few pics before the public arrive, the rather haunting figure is twice life size.

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45 minutes ago, fv1609 said:

 

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Amazing if rather gruesome. He should make people stop and stare! 

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One side is face, one side is skeletal.

A reminder that war is not so glorious.

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Making my first visit on Saturday - if these photos are indicative of the effort put into the show by the organisers...it will be a great day. 

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Stunning  ....... we've just arrived at the camping field for a 3 day break.

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The figure is carved from the trunk of an Ash tree, you can also get a ride in D29 if you fancy it.

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