Sheffield Fayre 2011

From “Skirmish” Magazine (Nov/Dec 2011 Issue)

The Northern World War II Association put on two stonkingly good battles, first the Russians, doomed but valiant against the armoured and efficient Germans and then a scene from Normandy with the Yanks and the British fighting and finally defeating an experienced and determined opponent. The dispersed nature of ‘modern’ war made their task more difficult than the ACWS but operating with panache and with excellent timing, intelligent choreography and lots of very noisy hardware, they provided the excellent finale.
If the displays in the main arena were impressive, so were the many static displays. It’s interesting to handle the PPSh sup-machine gun (heavy) and the Tokarev rifle (comfortable in the shoulder and light but apparently with a terrible recoil) but is is fascinating when the Comrade showing them to you can also explain the importance of Stalin’s Five Year Plans in developing literacy, numeracy and scientific education that gave the Soviet Union the skills to use modern weapons. This is the key to the success of re-enactment, the ability to put on a good show is one thing but the same people understand and can explain the world that they ‘come from’……………………………………………………………….
Howard Giles and his team did a great job in letting the groups strut their stuff……………..It is always a pleasure to work with people who trust you to do your job, while you know you can rely on them to do theirs. Finally I would like to say a special thanks and best wishes to the pyro Team of the Northern WW2 Association.

 

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