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History at Murton event 2008


A small, multi-period living history event held at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, near York. It was well attended by several groups ranging from Boer War re-enactors to the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War to the Falklands War.
Particularly effective was a layout from re-enactors of the WW2 Russian 13th Guards who occupied the replica Bronze Age village at the museum which looked remarkably like a Russian peasant village.

This event is intended to be annual and is growing, year on year. It's well worth a visit if you're in the area, see
the Murton Park website at www.murtonpark.co.uk for more details.

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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 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 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

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

A pair of British SLR rifles as used by the British Army during the 1970's and 80's. They were a 7.62mm semi-automatic, single shot version of the Belgian FN Assault rifle. Displayed by the 20th Century Revisited group.
History at Murton - Murton Park, York, England. April 2008

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 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

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

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

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