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Re-enactments and living history displays of military subjects from various historical periods.

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Members of the 'Mainwarinings Mob' re-enactment group who recreate a unit of the British Home Guard during WW2. Although too old to join regular units and some have argued of potentially limited value during an actual invasion, they were of great mor...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

A member of the Heilbron Commando Boer re-enactment group with Mauser and bandoliers.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

This Marder III Ausf-H is run by the 21st Panzer Division re-enactment group ans is depicted in the desert colours of the Afrika Korps of 1943. It was armed with a 75mm PaK 40/3 anti-tank gun and a Czech 7.92 MG37 machine-gun in the front hull. The ...
The Wheels and Wings 2006 event, Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK. May 2006.

This man-at-arms wears quite an exotic suit of full armour of 15th century style and is armed with a bill polearm. Member of the Black Guard re-enactment group.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

This image shows a German Panzergrenadier in traffic control, equiped with a Schmeisser MP-40 Submachine Gun and dressed in foul-weather uniform with his gas mask canister across his chest. He is a member of the 21st Panzer Division re-enactment grou...
The Wheels and Wings 2006 event, Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK. May 2006.

A member of the Tower Hamlets Trayned Band showing how a Civil War musketeer would have been armed. He has a matchlock musket of the period, with a rest, and the match (a piece of slow-burning fuse used to light the priming powder which in turn ignit...
Mill Mount, York, England. September 2004

A depiction of a Red Cross aid post by members of the Joint War Organisation. The post is shown with nurse, tent and all necessary medical equipment and supplies.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

A recreation of a Southern irregular in the American Civil War
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A recreation of a Union officer in the American Civil War
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A medic of the 2nd South Carolina regiment
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A sharpshooter of the 2nd South Carolina regiment cleans his rifled musket
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A volley of fire from a group of ACW re-enactors
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A volley of fire from a group of ACW re-enactors
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Members of the Trainblazers re-enactment society portraying loyalists of the 1770s. A loyalist armed with a flintlock musket of the time.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Members of the Trainblazers re-enactment society portraying loyalists of the 1770s
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Members of the Trainblazers re-enactment society portraying loyalists of the 1770s
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A excellent reconstruction of the imposing 2 passage gatehouse which might once have stood on that spot at Arbeia Roman Fort
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. October 2007

A reconstruction of a century barracks with separate rooms for each contubernuim of the century with a larger room at the end for the Centurion.
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. October 2007

A view from the veranda of the reconstructed Commanders House at Arbeia
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. October 2007

A member of the Heilbron Commando depicting a Boer fighter standing guard over the camp. He is shown carrying the Mauser rifle and bandolier typical of the time.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

Images of one of the un-sung heroines of the Anglo-Boer War - the steadfast Boer wives who provided for the fighters in the line and who, ultimately, were so poorly treated by the British policy of concentration camps (not to be confused with the lat...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

An excellent photograph of two members of the Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps blending with the veldt. It can readily be imagined how difficult these sharpshooters with smokeless cartridges would have been to target and hit. Their rifles appear to ...
South Africa, Jan 2005

Two members of the Normandy Arnhem Society portraying officers of the 9th Airborne Field Company, Royal Engineers during Operation Market Garden - the paratroop attack on Arnhem in the Netherlands in 1944. They are pictured in front of their Willy's ...
The Wheels and Wings 2006 event, Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK. May 2006.

A display of the equipment as carried by the soldiers and marines who fought in the Falklands War, 1982. It includes all his webing, spare clothing, bergen, washing & cleaning gear, rations & cooking equipment, sleeping bag, NBC suit plus respirat...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

A selection of re-enactors representing the British Army of the Rhine during the 1970's. They are dressed and equiped for the period in British DPM camouflage, '58 pattern webbing, puttees around the boots, and SLR L1A1 rifles (with the earlier woode...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

The main light machine gun used by the British army since the 1960's. A 7.62mm, belt-fed workhorse that can lay down a heavy supporting fire from an infantry platoon or mounted on vehicles. Displayed by the Forces80 re-enactment group.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

A display of 2 light anti-armour weapons used by the British Army in the 1970's and 80's. The larger of the two is the Carl-Gustav 84mm recoilless rifle shown sitting on it's bipod mount. Also shown are examples of it's armour-piercing rounds. ...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

An artillery piece looked after by members of the 20th Century Revisited group. It was a prominent infantry fire support weapon from the 1960's. It was a 120mm recoilless rifle and had a range of between 800 and 1000 yards. It fired a HESH round w...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

A re-creation of a crew of British Army personnel working a Mobat recoilless anti-tank weapon of the 1970's. Crew'ed by members of the 20th Century Revisited group.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

Re-enactors from the Victory in Europe Re-enactment Association (VERA) as a paratroop heavy weapons platoon in action in north-west Europe, 1944. They portray soldiers of the 1st Battallion, The Border Regt. And are demonstrating how a crew would adj...
The Wheels and Wings 2006 event, Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK. May 2006.

A depiction of the uniform and equipment of the British soldier during the 2nd Anglo-boer war 1899-1902. Member of the Heilbron Commando re-enactment group
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A soldier of the Anglo-Boer war puts his kit on ready for action
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Re-enactors of the Manchester Regiment portray Tommy Atkins with his kit and equipment
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Re-enactors of the Manchester Regiment portray Tommy Atkins with his kit and equipment
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Re-enactors of the Manchester Regiment portray Tommy Atkins with his kit and equipment
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Stacked rifles and the southern battleflag in front of a tent of the 32nd Virginia Regiment
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A pikeman and a musketeer from the 17th century. The pikeman in this picture actually holds a halberd, which would have been particularly effective against mounted opponents. He is also armed with a mortuary sword hanging to his left, and is protec...
Mill Mount, York, England. September 2004

Here are depicted three different types of foot soldier from the time of the battle of Towton, 1461. On the left, he is a fully armoured man-at-arms with battle axe. In the centre is a foot soldier in the livery of the House of York armed with sword ...
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

An arrow is loosed from the bow of a member of the York City Levy
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing the Mauser G98 rifle used by the German Army from the 1890s right up to the 1940s
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing the Mauser G98 rifle used by the German Army from the 1890s right up to the 1940s
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing the Mauser G98 rifle used by the German Army from the 1890s right up to the 1940s
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing the lever-action Henry rifle popular in the America of the 1860s incuding the wild west and the American Civil War
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing the lever-action Henry rifle popular in the America of the 1860s incuding the wild west and the American Civil War
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing the lever-action Henry rifle popular in the America of the 1860s incuding the wild west and the American Civil War
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Loading and firing the lever-action Henry rifle popular in the America of the 1860s incuding the wild west and the American Civil War
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

The dropping block single shot Sharps Carbine popular in the America of the 1860s for buffalo hunting
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

One of the most successful weapons of its time - the .303 inch SMLE was iconic of the British soldier of WW1
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Russian Mosin Nagant Carbine being demonstrated by a re-enactor of the Russian 13th Imperial Regiment
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

The main rifle of the Austro-Hungarian forces of the First World War, it was unusual in having a straight-pull blt mechanism rather than the more usual rotating bolt.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

The main rifle of the Austro-Hungarian forces of the First World War, it was unusual in having a straight-pull blt mechanism rather than the more usual rotating bolt.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A cheap and effective sub-machine gun issued to Allied special forces (as demonstrated here) during the Second World War. The Australian model had a vertical magazine rather than the usual horizontal configuration.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Pack and weapons of the German Infantry Regiment nr.28 of 1914
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Pack and weapons of the German Infantry Regiment nr.28 of 1914
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Pack and weapons of the German Infantry Regiment nr.28 of 1914
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A pair of vehicles maintained by the 21st Panzer Division re-enactment group. The first is a representation of a KS750 Zundapp Motorbike and side car mounting an MG 34 light machine gun in the sidecar. Zundapp produced around 18,000 of these agile, p...
The Wheels and Wings 2006 event, Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK. May 2006.

Members of the York City Levy prepare medival dishes.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Members of the York City Levy prepare medival dishes.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

An example of the camp followers and how a military camp in the time of the Wars of the Roses might have looked. Polearms are racked ready for use, food is cooking over the fire and bread and cheese waits on the nearby table.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

A demonstration by the Company of Palm Sunday group on how the bill polearm would have been used to provide a defensive wall against mounted knights and approaching foot.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

Two re-enactors of the 8./ Grenadier Regiment Grossdeutschland demonstrating an MG42 and its firing position with the no.2 feeding the belt ammunition int the breech.
The Wheels and Wings 2006 event, Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK. May 2006.

The "Cornicen" (horn player) carried and played the large curved horn used for signalling in a similar way to the bugle of later armies. As an officer, he wears a more flamboyant uniform including and animal skin headdress. Members of the Ermine S...
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

A member of the Ermine Street Guard representing a Legionary who might have helped build Hadrians Wall. He wears the Lorica Segmentata style armour which was light, easy to make, and effective against both swords and arrows. He also carries the scutu...
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

Members of the Ermine Street Guard display equipment used in Roman times along with two excellent campaign tents which would have housed up to 8 legionaries with their equipment. These tents have been accurately re-created using authentic materials a...
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

A shot of a pair of Russian soldiers taking a mess break in a village, with a guard post mounting a M1910 Maxim gun in the foreground.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

From right to left: The PPSh 41 sub-machine gun, 7.62mm pistol round, wooden stock and 71 round drum magazine. A Mosin Nagant 7.62 carbine. The SVT 40 semi-automatic assault rifle, 7.62 rifle calibre, 10 round magazine. Displayed by the 13...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

He is shown here, holding a PPS43 sub-machine gun while a Mosin Nagant sniper rifle with optical sights rests across his lap. Member of the 13th Guards re-enactment group.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

Scenes from a re-enactment of a WW1 engagement from the finale of the Murton History festival 2009
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Scenes from a re-enactment of a WW1 engagement from the finale of the Murton History festival 2009
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Scenes from a re-enactment of a WW1 engagement from the finale of the Murton History festival 2009
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A member of La Columna, a re-enactment group representing the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. He is recreating the role of the Commissar, the person responsible in a Communist unit for morale, education, propaganda etc. He was ...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

A re-enactor from the The Victory in Europe Reenactment Association (VERA) showing the uniform and weapon of the British Home Guard during World War 2. He is dressed in the traditional serge 37 pattern battledress with Field Service cap. In these pic...
The Wheels and Wings 2006 event, Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK. May 2006.

Members of La Columna re-enactment group depicting the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War - non-Spanish who for various reasons went to Spain to fight against the Nationalist forces of General Franco. They are shown here in a more ...
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

Pictured here is a Transvaal Burgher Force volunteer in the Anglo-Zulu War. wearing the civilian clothes that such a volunteer would have worn as he reads his Bible in High Dutch on a Sunday morning. The rifle is a two-band Snider Enfield and next t...
Buittle Castle event, near Dalbeattie, Scotland. Easter 2004

This foot soldier of the Wars of the Roses period is dressed in a long cloak and jerkin civering a mail shirt, and has a salet for head protection and armour gauntlets. He has a bill polearm and a sword. Member of the Company of Palm Sunday group.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

A recreation of a Soldiers from the 13th Imperial Regiment manning a Maxim heavy machine gun position
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A recreation of a Soldiers from the 13th Imperial Regiment manning a Maxim heavy machine gun position
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A recreation of a Soldiers from the 13th Imperial Regiment manning a Maxim heavy machine gun position
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A recreation of a Soldier from the 13th Imperial Regiment
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A Danish Madsen machine gun from ww1 used by Russian forces
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A Maxim heavy machine gun from ww1
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A Maxim heavy machine gun from ww1
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A member of the 22nd Independant Company, 6th Airborne Div. "Pathfinders" sent in to Normandy early on D-day to hold the eastern flank of the landings. Seen here with a selection of the equipment carried by the paratroopers.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Kit and equipment of the 13th Guards Russian re-enactment group
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A member of the 13th Guards Russian re-enactment group
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Kit and equipment of the 13th Guards Russian re-enactment group
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A member of the 13th Guards Russian re-enactment group
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

A russian sniper of the second world war era cleaning his Mosin-Nagant sniper rifle in camp, surrounded by other items of kit. Member of the 13th Guards re-enactment group.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008