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World War One Commemoration
We are delighted to confirm that after much consideration and public support our World War One commemoration area is continuing for 2020 and will again feature the highly acclaimed replica Western Front trench system supported by original steam and historic vehicles from the 1914 – 1918 conflict, associated equipment, living history group soldiers and horses. The display has been carefully and sensitively compiled in honour and memory of all those who served their country during this terrible conflict, millions of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Historians and commentators visiting our replica WW1 trench system since its inception in 2014 have remarked on the accuracy and attention to detail of the display, some regarding it as one of the most notable WW1 trench re-creations in Europe, something we at the Great Dorset Steam Fair are immensely proud of. Added in 2019 was 50 metres of underground bunker consisting of tunnels and rooms underneath the frontline, faithfully reconstructed to WW1 plans with the tunnels lined with rough cut planks, wooden beams and period lighting. Also, for the first time in preservation history, in 2019 we displayed together three full size replica WW1 MK IV tanks and crews visiting from the Norfolk Tank Musuem, Bovington Tank Musuem and the Pond Farm Collection from Passchendale in Belgium. All three tanks will be attending the 2020 event.
World War Two
With 2019 marking the 80th Anniversary of the commencement of World War Two, a WW2 area was introduced last year, adjacent to the WW1 display. As for our WW1 commemoration, the WW2 commemoration is shown in an authentic manner. The WW2 vehicles and equipment are displayed in a re-creation of a battle damaged French village square complete with partially demolished houses and building frontages, rubble, timber and associated debris. Constructed in the village square, as would have been done by Allied soldiers as a diversion from the rigours of war, is a stage on which throughout each afternoon of the show various performers sing and play music of the WW2 war years. A schedule of Performers appears under the “Live Music” button of this website. Highlights are The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK conducted by Ray McVay and The D-Day Darlings who featured on 2018’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Please see below photographs of the acclaimed authentically created replica WW1 Western Front trench system at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.