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Airfield becomes battle zone for military revival event

PUBLISHED: 14:51 06 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:51 06 October 2013

Michael Freeman from Diss as an East German Cold War soldier, at the Military Revival event at the Old Buckenham Airfield, by a T55Russian tank from the film Goldeneye. Picture: Denise Bradley

Michael Freeman from Diss as an East German Cold War soldier, at the Military Revival event at the Old Buckenham Airfield, by a T55Russian tank from the film Goldeneye. Picture: Denise Bradley

copyright: Archant 2013

History was brought to life at a revival this weekend which saw military buffs have their finest hour.

Old Buckenham Airfield was transformed into a living museum at its first ever military revival event, with vintage tanks, vehicles and an array of authentic uniforms dating back to the start of the 2oth century on show.

History fans were even able to take a ride in one of a range of tanks before being treated to re-enactments and displays.

Matt Wilkins, organiser, said the show had been a hit in its first year.

“We’ve had a great reaction from the re-enactors and the public and it’s been a great start to what will become an annual event.

“There’s something for everyone here and there are very few other places, and certainly nothing else in East Anglia, that has this range of things to see,” he said.

Re-enactors dressed in full uniform lined the event’s walkways, with everything from British Tommies to Luftwaffe commodores making an appearance.

Justin Wheeler, from Bulmer in Essex, turned out in a Dutch airman’s uniform used between 1920 to 1940.

He said: “It’s nice to be able to talk to other people and actors who are into the same thing and the displays are fascinating.”

Martin Booroff, from Bunwell, had restored a US Ford GPW Jeep, dating from 1944, and said the shared interest of re-enactors was what made revivals.

“It’s always a very friendly atmosphere and it’s interesting to see the different areas of interest people have.

“Some other events can get a little competitive but these never are,” he said.

Chris Dibs had travelled from Yorkshire to camp at the event with other re-enactors from the Austrian Gebirgsjager squadron.

He said he had been attracted to re-enact the Gebirgsjager because of their specialist skills as the equivalent of the German army’s commando unit.

“We’re getting together with people of a like-mind at this event and go to two to three events a month,” he said.

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