British Airborne

British Airborne

British paratrooper armed with a No. 4 Lee Enfield .303 rifle. He's wearing the distinctive airborne Denison smock.

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

RAF Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane, although this one is actually a lifesize fibreglass replica

Sten Gun

Sten Gun

Two British paratroopers armed with 9mm Sten submachine guns. The man crouching has the shoulder pips (rank insignia) of a British Army Captain while the man standing wears the stripes of a Sergeant (Non-Commissioned Officer). Over 4 million Sten guns of different variants were made during the 1940s.

US Army Infantryman

US Army Infantryman

This US army infantryman appears to be armed with a Springfield M1903 bolt-action rifle, 5 round magazine .30-06.

VE Day Anniversary Event

VE Day Anniversary Event

Two World War Two re-enactors dressed as British airborne forces during a mock battle at the Royal Gunpowder Mills VE Day anniversary event, May 2014.

The German Soldier at Rest

The German Soldier at Rest

This photo was taken during the VE Day anniversary event at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, May 2014.

American M3 Half-Track

American M3 Half-Track

This is an anti-aircraft variant of the American WW2 M3 half-track armoured personnel carrier.  

US Army M3 Half-Track

US Army M3 Half-Track

The M3 half-track was extensively produced with about 15,000 units and more than 50,000 derivative variants manufactured

M3 Stuart - Turretless

M3 Stuart - Turretless

A turretless M3 Stuart light tank used by the British in Italy and Normandy during WW2, known as the T8E1 Reconnaissance vehicle.

M40 155mm Gun Motor Carriage

M40 155mm Gun Motor Carriage

The American M40 155mm Gun Motor Carriage was a self-propelled artillery vehicle built on a widened and lengthened M4A3 Medium Tank chassis.

M3 Stuart Light Tank

M3 Stuart Light Tank

The American M3 Stuart also nicknamed the "honey" light tank. Around 25,000 were produced between 1941 and 1944.

Sherman Rhino Tank

Sherman Rhino Tank

During the Battle for Normandy the Allies got serious bogged down in the bocage countryside of small fields and high banked, thick hedgerows. The bocage landscape was perfect for the German defenders. The invention of a hedge-breaching device is credited to Curtis G. Culin, a sergeant in the 2nd Armoured Division's 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. The metal blades or tusks were made from German beach obstacles and welded to the front of Sherman tanks, hence the name Rhino. 

Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd. Kfz. 222

Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd. Kfz. 222

The Leichter Panzerspähwagen (light armoured reconnaissance vehicle) was produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

German Sturmgeschütz

German Sturmgeschütz

Sturmgeschütz (StuG) or "assault gun" was a series of armored vehicles used by the German Wehrmacht during the Second World War that primarily consisted of the StuG III and StuG IV. The most common of the two, the StuG III, was built on the chassis of the proven Panzer III. 

To learn more visit Wikipedia page.

Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) Half-Track

Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) Half-Track

The Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) half-track was an armoured fighting vehicle designed and first built by the Hanomag company during World War II. The vehicle was essentially an armoured personnel carrier. The Sd.Kfz. 251 in this photograph carries the unit insignia of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.

Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Tank

Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Tank

The German Panther tank was rushed into combat at the Battle of Kursk, 1943. However, the Panther was mechanically unreliable and often brokedown.  The Panther did command respect from its adversaries mainly due to its long barrelled 75mm high velocity gun. This example of the Panther is little more than an empty shell used at WW2 living history events like War and Peace.

To view a running example of a Panther medium tank visit our video channel now.

Maschinengewehr 34 or MG 34

Maschinengewehr 34 or MG 34

Maschinengewehr 34 or MG 34, a German recoil-operated air-cooled machine gun, introduced in 1934. Generally considered the world's first general-purpose machine gun, the MG 34 fires 800-900 7.92mm rounds per minute.

German 105mm Howitzer

German 105mm Howitzer

The standard German light field artillery piece was the 105mm gun-howitzer, 10.5-cm L.F.H. 42, with muzzle brake.

The War and Peace Show

The War and Peace Show

Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd. Kfz. 222

1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler

1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler

These World War Two re-enactors are dressed as members of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. This photograph was taken at the War and Peace Show.

1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler

1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler

In this photograph we see members of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler re-enactment group. The panzergrenadier on the right is armed with the standard Karabiner 98k 7.92mm bolt-action rifle. He's also got a Panzerfaust, which was a cheap, fire and forget anti-tank weapon. The guy on the left is dressed as an officer and you can see the unit's skeleton key insignia beside him.

Panzerkampfwagen III Sd Kfz. 141

Panzerkampfwagen III Sd Kfz. 141

Nice example of a reproduction Panzerkampfwagen III Sd Kfz. 141 (Panzer III) built on a British FV-432 APC chassis. 

The War and Peace Revival

The War and Peace Revival

The War and Peace Revival 2013, Folkestone Racecourse, Kent.

Panzergrenadiers

Panzergrenadiers

Panzergrenadiers discuss tactics with a reproduction Panzer III in the background at the War and Peace Revival, 2013.

US Army 35th Infantry Division Medic

US Army 35th Infantry Division Medic

If a wounded soldier was still alive when a medics got to him he had an excellent chance of survival. Only 4% of wounded soldiers who made it to hospital died. During the First World War 8% of casualties died after hospitalisation.

1st Ski Division (Wehrmacht)

1st Ski Division (Wehrmacht)

This diorama at the War and Peace Revival shows re-enactors of the 1st Ski Division who only served on the Eastern Front during World War Two. In the foreground are makeshift graves of fallen comrades.

BMW R75 Motorcycle and Sidecar

BMW R75 Motorcycle and Sidecar

German Army BMW R75 motorcycle and sidecar combination equipped with an MG-34 general-purpose machine gun.

The British Army Cromwell Mk VII, Cruiser Tank

The British Army Cromwell Mk VII, Cruiser Tank

The British Army Cromwell Mk VII, Cruiser tank. Named after the English Civil War leader Oliver Cromwell, the Cromwell was the first tank put into service by the British to combine a dual-purpose gun, a high speed, reliable Meteor engine and reasonable armour in a balanced package. The tank is protected by 3 inches of armour and is equipped with a 75mm gun and two 7.92mm machine guns. This example of the Cromwell carries the unit insignia of the 7th Armoured Division (the Desert Rats) after 1944.

Waffen SS

Waffen SS

Two re-enactors sit on top of a German Panther tank. The German officer in the foreground is wearing M29 Italian camouflage coveralls.

Panzer IV Medium Tank

Panzer IV Medium Tank

The workhorse of German tank forces during World War Two was the Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV) commonly known as the Panzer IV. Around 8,500 Panzer IVs were built from 1937 to 1945.

World War Two German Panzer IV

World War Two German Panzer IV

The Panzer IV was equipped with a 75mm main gun and two 7.92mm machine guns. It had just over 3 inches of frontal armour and saw action on the Western Front, Eastern Front, North Africa and Italy.

Workhorse - the  Panzer IV

Workhorse - the Panzer IV

The workhorse of German tank forces during World War Two was the Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV) commonly known as the Panzer IV. Around 8,500 Panzer IVs were built from 1937 to 1945. The Panzer IV was equipped with a 75mm main gun and two 7.92mm machine guns. It had just over 3 inches of frontal armour and saw action on the Western Front, Eastern Front, North Africa and Italy.

Muzzle Break

Muzzle Break

The muzzle break is designed to reduce the recoil when a tank’s main gun is fired and helps reduce wear on the barrel, extending its life.

USMC LVT

USMC LVT

USMC (United States Marine Corp) Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) was a hybrid amphibious vehicle somewhere between a landing craft and an armoured personnel carrier. Its great advantage was the LVT could deliver troops right onto an assault beach and provide fire support. They really proved their worth at Tarawa where standard landing craft couldn’t make it over the coral reef, which meant that troops had to wade ashore completely exposed to enemy fire.

Panzergrenadier

Panzergrenadier

A photograph of a waffen SS panzergrenadier armed with the iconic MP40 9mm submachine gun.

Panzergrenadier with K-98

Panzergrenadier with K-98

A waffen SS panzergrenadier re-enactor armed with the WW2 Germany army standard issue K-98 bolt-action rifle.

Sd.Kfz. 251 Half-Track

Sd.Kfz. 251 Half-Track

Waffen SS Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track

The Soldier

The Soldier

World War Two re-enactor dressed as a German infantryman armed with a K-98 bolt-action rifle and model 24 stalk hand grenades.

Soviet T-34 Medium Tank

Soviet T-34 Medium Tank

The Soviet T-34 medium tank was produced in vast numbers between 1940 and 1958.

The T-34 was the second most mass produced tank of all time, only being surpassed by the Soviet T54/55 series.  

It’s said that the T-34 had the best balance of firepower, mobility, protection and sheer ruggedness of any armoured fighting vehicle when first introduced to service.

The design and construction of the T-34 was continually refined during the war to enhance effectiveness, and reduce costs, allowing more and more to be built.

In early 1944, the improved T-34-85 was introduced, with a more powerful 85 mm gun and a substantially improved three-man turret design plus heavier armour.

The T-34 was the most important weapon fielded by the Soviet Red Army in World War II. 

Over 80,000 T-34s were eventually built and the tank has seen service in more than 40 countries around the world. 

Learn more about the T-34 on our YouTube channel.

At Rest

At Rest

SS-Panzergrenadier Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.

Reproduction Panzer III

Reproduction Panzer III

This reproduction Panzer III is possibly meant to be a Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf L. 

Reproduction Panzer III Ausf. H

Reproduction Panzer III Ausf. H

A reproduction Panzer III at the War and Peace Revival 2013.

Panzer III Ausf. H

Panzer III Ausf. H

A reproduction Panzer III Ausf. H of the 1st SS-Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (abbreviated as 1. SS-Pz.Div. LSSAH). 

Charlie and Tiger 131

Charlie and Tiger 131

Charlie Trumpess and the world's only operational Tiger tank at The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset. Tiger 131 has come along way since its capture in Tunisia, 1943. The tank played a key role in the 2014 war movie Fury with Brad Pitt.