Just a quick message to wish you a very Merry Christmas from the entire Overlord Show Team!
Calling all Exhibitors!
It is that time of year again and I would like to formally announce that the applications for OVERLORD D-DAY 75 a.k.a The Overlord Show 2019 are now open!
You may be aware that 2019 marks 75 years after D-Day, and it has been decided that we will really push the boat out this year to commemorate this monumental event in history. The team are pleased to announce our most ambitious plans for the main battle, where we hope to simulate the Normandy landings, landing craft and all.
While we wish to focus on D-Day this year, we continue to believe that the Overlord Show is dedicated to providing an interesting, exciting, and educational experience of “recent” military history, and is fundamentally multi-era, and we continue to welcome applications from all military vehicles, reenactors or other exhibits regardless of the associated era.
As in previous years, the applications for the show will be processed online. Please make an account on our website (If you made an account last year you will NEED to re-register for 2019), and visit the Exhibitors Page. Application forms for each section can be found by clicking the respective buttons on that page!
If you encounter any issues, please do not hesitate to get in contact using the Contact Form.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
It was a great show this year, completely defying the weather forecast. We even had our best ever Monday with footfall being comparable to Saturday and Sunday, which has helped offset the increased outlay. With this, we bring good news that the show will be going ahead next year from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2019 at the same location – The Lawns, Denmead.
With this years success, it goes without saying we have a couple of people to thank for the hard work they have put in, in the months leading up to and over the weekend itself.
Firstly, all of the vehicle exhibitors, reenactors or living historians and traders, without which we wouldn’t really have a show. As always, your attendance is greatly appreciated.
Will Gibson and his team and the cadets of T.S. Active for their assistance with carpark marshalling, and first aid.
The T.S. Alacrity Marching Band for their music and continued support.
The Portsmouth Marine Cadet Drill Display team for their spectacular and entertaining performance.
The Garrison for bringing the WWI trench display to life and additionally demonstrating their 18 pounder howitzer.
Adrian Hill for choreographing the battle and organising the ammo, and Tex and his team for setting up the bigger bangs!
The Wessex Hill Runners for their 4×4 Course!
Those who assisted with marshalling duty, and site security in the evening!.
We’d also like to that all of the members and friends of Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club who spent the last year planning the show, and the members who dedicated their time over the duration of the weekend to help with the many many jobs which needed attending to.
And anyone else I have forgotten.
As part of our quest for feedback, we would like to ask all members of the public to respond to our survey.
There are different surveys catered to each type of exhibitor. Traders wishing to give feedback need to do so directly to the Traders Coordinator.
There is less than a week to go until this year’s Overlord Show.
The team are hard at work setting up the field as we speak. The grass has been cut, we have made major improvements to the main vehicular roadways in the vehicles field and also in the public carpark – 100 tons of tarmac planings have been distributed atop ballast to level and remove ruts from the field and prevent potential flooding. However, the forecast looks good for the back end of next week and across the weekend so this is unlikely to be a problem. It will be quite breezy and sunny so remember to bring sun cream so you don’t get burnt.
All exhibitor passes and information such as sign-in sheets have now been printed and will be sent down to the field in the coming days for exhibitors when they arrive. A polite notice that exhibitors are NOT permitted on site before noon on Wednesday so please do not turn up before then.
Over the show weekend, we will be quite busy and we may not be able to respond promptly to emails or messages. Most information can be found out on the Show Info pages. Entry Prices, Open/Close Times, the programme and FAQs are all there!
A polite reminder that applications for Traders, Reenactors, and Non-Trading Exhibitors will be closing on Wednesday 9th May.
Vehicle Exhibitors deadline is 20th May.
Please be sure to get your applications in before these deadlines.
If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to get in contact via the Contact Page, or via Facebook.
In the case of technical issues (e.g. with the online application forms), almost all issues have been related to Ad Blockers or out of date cache stored on devices. Please ensure you are not running any ad blocking software (we don’t run ads on our website), and clear your browser cache. For instructions on how to do this please see https://kb.iu.edu/d/ahic. If this does not resolve the problem, send an email to “[email protected]” clearly explaining what the issue is, what browser and device you are using and ideally what you were doing at the time.
A message regarding applications.
The tradelines are almost full and any prospective traders are urged to get their applications in ASAP to avoid disappointment. There is only so much space and once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Vehicle exhibits are going well and we are 20 vehicles up compared to exactly the same time last year. Still plenty of space, however, we would prefer to have applications in sooner rather than later.
Similarly, if your reenactment group would like to attend, please get your applications in soon as we will be beginning to allocate space in the reenactor’s field.
To make applications: visit the Exhibitors page
It has been a while since we made any updates and with just over 2 months until the show, I thought it would be a good time to start to drive up some hype.
As always the organisers have been working tirelessly over the last few months planning the show and improving the field. We have now improved our water distribution at the site with new water pipe, taps, and standpoints. We will also be improving signage en route to the site with official AA event signs.
Applications have been open for a while now and are making good progress. If you are yet to make an application, please do so as soon as possible via the Exhibitors page.
We still have loads of space for reenactors and vehicles. Traders are approximately half full. If you have any problems, do not hesitate to get in Contact and we will try our best to assist you with this.
For anyone from the Isle of Wight wishing to exhibit, we have negotiated a 10% discount with WightLink ferries valid for the week before and after the show. And select times over the show weekend. Any exhibitors from the IOW will be sent this information AFTER they have made an application. We are not able to provide this to visitors.
In recent years, we have been trying to focus on special interest exhibits, and we are hoping on having a number of these exhibits at the show, to include a WWII 40mm anti-aircraft set display, a post-war T54 Tank. We may potentially have other special vehicle exhibits.
We are also looking at developing a display to commemorate 100 years of the end of WWI.
As with each year, we have requested a BBMF flyover, though admittedly we have not been particularly lucky with this.
Soon, we will be distributing our flyers, you might see a few about.
New to the 40s, no problem… you don’t have to wear a uniform, spend a fortune on hiring a costume or buy the genuine article, here’s how to achieve the look:
Have a stroll around the charity shops or on one of the internet selling sites and find a floral, button front dress, team it with a pair of low heel rounded toe shoes or lace-up flats with socks – stockings were scarce in wartime so ladies took to wearing ankle socks. A hand knitted cardigan, small brimmed hat, plain ‘Kelly’ style handbag, plus a shopping basket, this makes you the wartime housewife out buying rations for your family.
Perhaps a tailored suit, tweed or a muted colour, matching bag, shoes and trilby style hat for the country lady on her way to help out at the local WVS. Similar to a fitted plain jacket and tweed skirt, matching accessories. Gloves were ‘de rigeur’ and matched the outfit.
A pair of jodhpurs or dungarees, short sleeve shirt, headscarf tied around the head and some sensible brown lace-ups… voila! you’re a land girl.
Wrapover ‘pinny’ and hairnet/snood/scarf and you can be the local ‘lady what does’ – with so many household staff going off to war charladies were in demand in the big houses.
Borrow hubbies or dad’s boiler suit, belt around the middle, again the sensible lace-up shoes and a tied headscarf… you’re now ‘Rosie the Riveter’ working on Spitfires at Wadhams, Waterlooville.
Hair was put into pin-curls and ‘Victory Rolls’ were popular, longer hair often put into a snood to keep it tidy. Jewellery was understated, only a single string of pearls or similar during the day and brooches usually in the lapel of a jacket or coat.
Girls wore summer dresses, smocking was popular and in plaids, cottons and often matching hand knitted skirts and cardigans for winter. Lace-ups, sandals and ankle socks. Boys wore short trousers, usually until they were fourteen and left school. Lace-ups, long socks (usually grey) and a snake buckle belt – so hard to find nowadays – maybe a jacket or school blazer and school cap or a flat cap.
Gentlemen would be wearing suits/jackets with wide lapels and turn-ups – later in the war, these were banned as material became scarce. Braces, shirts tended to be white and shoes sensible, again a rounded toe and brogues were popular. The iconic trilby was the hat of choice. Office workers carried briefcases or small suitcases – similar to the ones child evacuees took on their elongated trip to safer areas for the duration of the war.
The choices are endless… try putting ‘40s clothes – images’ into your search engine, you’ll like what you find. And if all else fails, come along to the show anyway, you’ll love what’s there and always friendly advice to help you with your new image.
Never go out without your gas mask. A small box, approx 20cm x 15cm x 15cm covered in brown paper, string attached to wear over the shoulder – you never know when there’s going to be a gas attack. Lots of ladies actually used theirs to carry their everyday items around, leaving the actual mask at home!
By Chris Allaway
The Overlord Show team would like to emphasise that the 40’s theme is one aspect of the show which we have carried out in the past, but has been forgotten in recent years. We are simply looking to revive this aspect. We acknowledge that a significant number of vehicle exhibitors are not from this period, and we would like to make it clear that the objective of the 40’s theme is not one which is designed to exclude exhibitors with more recent vehicles but to encourage the public to participate.
Reposted from 2017.