|The various participants including Canadians, Germans, French, Scots, suffragettes, and the War Graves Commission.|
|Beth and I in our "finery." She looks quite fine, while I'm rather scruffy.|
|A Canadian Army tunic with the insignia of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.|
The temperature was about 30°C that day, so imagine wearing this woolen nightmare all day!
|A late-war German infantryman's tunic... still wool and still hot.|
|Various caps including the Canadian dress cap, a "Gor-blimey" cap, French kepi and bonnet de police, and a German feldmütze. Katie was wearing the Russian furashka.|
|Helmets -- Picklehaub, Stahlhelm with Stirmpanzer attachment, the Adrian helmet, and two examples of the Brodie helmet worn by the British, Canadian, Portuguese, and American armies.|
|Gas masks in their cases.|
|... and out of them.|
The German Gummemaske, the British Small Box respirator, and the early French mask.
|Mess kits and canteens. The French backpack is in the centre; it must have been hell to carry!|
|British, French, and Russian bayonets; a German Stahlgrenate, a British Mills Bomb with some sort of rifle grenade attachment, a cup discharger (please see previous blog) and wire cutters.|
|The British mess kit used in WWI. Mess kits of this style were first issued to British troops around 1812!|
|The whole display|
|Engaging the public. That's the duster Beth made for me.|
|Katie checks out the French canteen in her Russian uniform. She was quite grateful that it was all cotton!|
|A lot of good questions were asked.|
|Our friend, Nick as Canon Scott, the Canadian Army chaplain in front of his marquee tent|
that was being used as a casualty clearing station.
|My dear wife, Beth, in the wonderful period dress she sewed. She even put the hat together.|
She had to meld together two different patterns to get the look she wanted.
Quite fine, I'd say!
|The other side of the dress.|
|Suffragettes on the march.|
These ladies paraded around a few times each day to stir support for the women's vote!
|I watched the battlefield demonstration with this gentleman and his granddaughter. |
He just decided to come out in Highland dress. Good for him!
|About mid-day on both Saturday and Sunday, there was a small battlefield exercise for the public - an Allied attack on a German position. Here the reenactors go over the "script"and procedure. Blank ammunition only of course!|
|Our good friend, Tyler, in the flannel undershirt of the Imperial forces with his SMLE rifle.|
|The attack! En Advant! |
Justin in the uniform of the Black Watch, Tyler and another reenactor in British kit, and Katie in her Russian.
|Katie led the attack as seemed appropriate for the Women's Battalion of Death. (Look it up; you'll be amazed!)|
|Katie and her new love, the Moisin-Nagant rifle!|
|Ben, our French Poilu, takes up the charge after Katie fell to enemy fire.|
|Hande hoch! Du bist Kriegsgefangnen jetzt!|
|Another photo from Sunday. Katie had a bit of trouble with the Moisin-Nagant since the bolt was stiff, |
but nothing she couldn't handle.
|Seconds after this was taken, Katie screamed, charged, and "died" gloriously.|
Justin followed up closely.
|Canadian and British troops in the abandoned house.|
|Fall back to the mortar position!|
|The Germans surrendered once again. Happy to say it was all in fun.|
|The smiles couldn't get much bigger.|
Tyler and Katie in their battle finery.
|Justin sporting his new Black Watch uniform.|
Another interesting uniform for the display.
|Tyler leads some of our visiting friends through the trench. Hi, Gail and George!|
At one point, it was discovered that part of trench was occupied by bees.
A gas mask was borrowed and a chemical attack took place!
|Ekatrina Ivanova (Katie John's daughter) in a belligerent mood!|
Urrah! Urrah! Urrah!
|Y'know, a father can only resist so much when he sees a photo like this.|
I'm quite proud of her ...and of my wife.
... And of my son who was working and otherwise would've been toting a rifle as well.