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The Victory Show 2018

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Posted: 17/09/2018 13:40
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During the first weekend in September, as is Armourgeddon tradition, we headed up the road to The Victory Show at Cosby in Leicestershire with one of our newest acquisitions in the collection, an M3 Lee. As always, there was a load to see and do. Read on to hear a few of our highlights!

 

During the first weekend in September, as is Armourgeddon tradition, we headed up the road to The Victory Show at Cosby in Leicestershire with one of our newest acquisitions in the collection, an M3 Lee. As always, there was a load to see and do. Here are a few of our highlights.

The Victory Show has been running in Cosby for 13 years offering a formidable tribute to World War II. The show ran over the weekend of the 1st& 2nd September. Held on a 100-acre site near Cosby in Leicestershire, The Victory Show is a huge date in the calendar of re-enactors, tank enthusiasts and of course fans of air shows.

The show attracts hundreds of visitors from around the country who can tour around the site, talking to the re-enactors, tank owners and enthusiasts. Visitors are encouraged to dress in period costume, talk to veterans and the many re-enactors. The whole weekend is a great experience for the school children and gives them a first-hand insight into what life was like in the 1940s helping their history books come alive in front of their eyes as well as those who have first-hand experiences of the war years, and those who have listened to the stories for many years. 

Saturday and Sunday are the most exciting days of the show where history societies and re-enactors from various forces and several eras present a variety of theatres from the period of 1939 to 1954.

With over 60 trade stalls, static WWII aircraft, Tank Rides and 1940’s farm machinery, you really do feel like you have stepped back in time! On Saturday night, 700 guests dressed in their finest 1940s uniforms and attended the camp dinner dance. Quite a show watching all the ladies with their pin curls and bright red lips, and the guys dressed in uniforms of every feasible force and country. 

Although obviously, we love the tanks and tanks are our passion, we never fail to be amazed by the aircraft at The Victory Show. This year, a pair of Douglas DC3 planes joined in the airshow, dropping 5 parachutists out of the back of the plane. TheDouglas D3is a fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner that revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting effect on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever produced. It has a cruise speed of 207 mph capacity of 21 to 32 passengers or 2,700 kg of cargo and a range of 1,500 miles. 

The DC-3 is a twin-engine metal monoplane with a tailwheel-type landing gear. It was fast, had good range and could operate from short runways. It was reliable and easy to maintain and carried passengers in greater comfort. Before the war, it pioneered many air travel routes. It could cross the continental United States and made worldwide flights possible. It is considered the first airliner that could make money carrying only passengers.

With so many tanks, re-enactors, activities, events and vehicles to see, the show really is a winner for anyone with an interest in tanks and WWII in general. For children learning about their political history in school, to be able to put some of their classroom learning into real experiences is priceless.   

The Victory Show will be back again next year from the 2nd to the 4th September 2019 and is definitely well worth a visit! Come and say hello if you visit. We’ll be the ones on the massive tank!

Take a look at the show highlights: Victory Show 2018

 

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