At Chalke Valley this summer we will have a wide range of living historians covering some two thousand years of history from the Romans through to a stunning World War II battle including tanks, artillery and infantry, so expect plenty of loud bangs and smoke!
Second World War
The centrepiece this year will be our World War II battle on Saturday and Sunday, which really will be spectacular. Intricately researched, the aim is to give an example of how British infantry, armour and artillery operated together by 1944 to overwhelm an enemy position and for this we have called up experts and veterans as well as genuine and still-firing examples of wartime weapons from tanks to guns to infantry. It is just one of many fabulous things on show, and we all really hope you will both enjoy it and find it fascinating. Among the tanks coming will be a Sherman, Cromwell and 17-pounder Tank Destroyer.
Also going on throughout the weekend is our SOE and Commando training course, so if you think you’re tough, you can be put through your paces and learn some of the skills needed to operate in Nazi-occupied Europe.