Historians and commentators visiting our replica WW1 trench system since 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.
GUY MARTIN’S WW1 TANK
TV personality Guy Martin’s Replica WW1 Mk IV Tank “Deborah ll” will feature in this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair’s WW1 display (excluding Thursday 23rd August).
The story of the tank’s role and this modern-day replica was shown in the documentary “Guy Martin’s WW1 Tank” on Channel 4 in November 2017.
The idea of constructing a replica of a 30-tonne Mark IV tank was to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai in Northern France in 1917 in which they were first used in combat.
The joint effort of building the replica tank ensured that it was completed and displayed in Cambrai on Armistice Day on Saturday November 11th 2017, at the same location and exactly 100 years ago, where the original Mark IV tank helped the British Army on the Western Front to make an unprecedented breakthrough against the German Army.
The replica tank is now based at the Norfolk Tank Museum where it forms the centrepiece of the Museum’s First World War display and acts as a lasting tribute to the tank crews which served the British Army during WW1. For further information visit norfolktankmuseum.co.uk
Please see below photographs of the WW1 Commemoration display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair including the acclaimed authentically created replica WW1 Western Front trench system:-