Friday, 6 July 2018

The 2018 Time-line at Backus Page House Museum.

Because of a large meeting of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, I missed this event except to come out on Sunday and wander around. There were a few photos taken that I wish to share. (Photos courtesy of the Backus Page House Museum and Jeff Brown.)

The Jacobite camp.
The time-line was to reflect about 200 years of Canadian history. Although these folks are out of the limit, the area
around the museum was settled by Scots. Colonel Talbot didn't like them and gave them the swampiest land he could. 

A wider view of the camp.

Firing demonstration.
Jacobites, War of 1812, "Pony Wars" in the US, and WWI can be seen here.
Seamus, the story-teller is announcing the event.

Kevin and Jared of our reenacting group prepare their firearms.

Jared, our company's corporal, on the firing line in his pioneer's kit.
He does a great impresson.

Kevin demonstrating the musket on Saturday.

Kevin preparing to fire his jäger rifle on Sunday. 
... and firing the Brown Bess grenade launcher. Flaming tennis balls away!
US Cavalry for the "Pony Wars" of the so-called Wild West fires his breech-loading carbine.
The Swiss! They added a little seen aspect of WWI and demanded your pass and papers to get through the camp.
They were fun and made a good interactive impression.

The senior sergeant of the 1st Petrograd Womens' Battalion of Death
wrestles with her Mosin-Nagant rifle.

The Swiss riflemen take target practice.

The Swiss rifleman coolly chooses his target.

The WWI display manned by the French and the Russians.

The Swiss officer threatens the squirrels and dandelions. 

Our French poliu, Tyler, looking suitably belligerent.
Avance! Avec la baïonnette!
Katie, the senior sergeant of the Women's Battalion of Death and my daughter,
shows what the Mosin-Nagant is REALLY used for.

Katie is hunting ticks in the high grass. Here you can see the medals and the shoulder boards.
Another Kevin, in WWI Canadian kit with the ever-faithful SMLE.
Catie in the outfit of a Russian nurse.

Activity at the WWI display.

Katie, Nia, Catie, and Tyler lined up for publicity.
Tyler is holding a replica of the Chauchaut light machine gun, possibly the worst firearm ever built.
WWII Soviet Russians take the field in a "skirmish."

Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe troops in camp,

The German medical orderly treats a "casualty" in the field. I like the helmet!

The REAL guests of honour arrive.

On display from the South Ontario Military Muster were a Bren/Universal Carrier, a Canadian Military Pattern 15cwt truck, a jeep (to be seen later) and the last running Fox armoured car in North America!

The CMP 15cwt truck and the Universal Carrier

The Fox
What a beauty!

The Fox is worth a second viewing.

A mixed bag of reenactors evacuate the "wounded" in a Willys-Overland Jeep.
Holly and Stephanie sing "Hits from the 40's."

Raiffe explaining and exhibiting items in the Home Front station.
His group reenacts the British Home Front and he's dressed as a member of the Home Guard.

Well? Where is it?

The Viet-Nam era reenacting group included an early US intervention "adviser" armed with the M-1 Garand rifle.
You can see the clip ejecting from the rifle in this photo.

The rest of the boy in Company C including the adviser on the left and a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP)
member in "Tiger stripes" in the right.

Deep in the bowels of the Fox armoured car were treasures for the reenactor. The car's owner pulled out a Bren light machine gun and a Thompson submachine gun. (both inactivated as required by Canadian law.) I was grinning like a loon when I got to handle them. So was Katie. As for Tyler and Kevin... just look at the faces.

I think Tyler's in love.

Kevin's considering a deeper relationship himself.

1 comment:

  1. Great photos. I wonder if you could suggest some books about the war of 1812? I know very little about it and want to find out more. I guess l am looking for an overview,small action accounts and uniform details. I don’t know where to start.