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Posted on Jun 6, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Guns and Drums – 2005

Armchair General


By far the largest display of the day was from the Screaming Eagles Living History Group. Their club aims to recreate the look and feel of American soldiers between 1941 and 1945 and they base their portrayal on the 101st Airborne Division of the period, known as the "Screaming Eagles". With a comprehensive collection of vehicles, weapons, uniforms and equipment, they presented an authentic image of soldiers of the era.

Here we see their truck, amusingly named "FUBAR FLYER" and three Jeeps, complete with armed guard.


One of the Jeeps had an impressive machine gun mounted on the rear. As for the second picture – captions on a postcard please…

Nearby, a field radio and Bazooka are ready for action.

Members of the society were on hand and were only too pleased to answer questions or provide a demonstration of their equipment, such as this Mortar or an M1 Rifle.

In a nearby tent, an incredible array of equipment could be handled by visitors, including a Thompson machine gun.

Here are the men on patrol, and then ready to execute a bayonet charge.

Fortunately, the charge was not directed at me, and things ended amicably enough. The tall geek at the back is of course me with my ACG.


To view the complete set of images from my visit, go to the ACG image gallery here.

Andrew Summersgill

Some links that will be of interest:

Aldershot Military Museum

"Guns and Drums"

Screaming Eagles

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