Battlegroup North – Historic Military Vehicle Rally, Wargaming and Living History Show

Once again, we will be attending the fantastic Battlegroup North – a two day extravaganza of Historic Military Vehicles, Wargaming and Living History re-enactors – at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington near York.

The show has been running for many years and features some excellent wargames (both display and participation), wonderfully restored military vehicles & re-enactors “from the 40s”.

In previous years, there have been two 25pdr field guns firing, a fly-past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and even Captain Mainwearing & Privates Fraser & Pike have put in an appearance! We’re not sure, yet, whether they’ll all be happening this year, but as Ian Richardson & the team from the YAM are planning for a “Bigger & better” Battlegroup North show than last year, we’re very hopeful!

Our game (with our friends from the Mailed Fist Wargames Group) will focus on the Dambuster’s Raid (as it will be the 70th anniversary of this during the following week) , but with a twist… what if the Germans had found out about the raid? what would have happened if they’d sent in paratroopers & gliders to sabotage 617 Squadron before it was even airborne? Come and have a go at the game & find out!

You’ll be able to find us in the main hanger near where the Halifax Bomber is

Don’t get us wrong, the exploits & achievements of 617 Squadron both on the Dams Raid and subsequently were awesome & we, as gamers & historians, have utter & complete respect for their achievements & honour their losses. Sometimes, however, it’s interesting to have a little fun with history & play “what if?”

 

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