On 22-24th June 2012 Dorchester, Dorset is going to see the largest collection of WW II tanks and armoured vehicles since WWII descend upon it for the weekend. The event just prior to the Olympics, in a fascinating historical recreation called Armour & Embarkation. All the drivers and their crew will be dressed in full WWII uniforms. Not only will the public get to see tanks up close, they will be able to hear them and get to see time travel first hand.
“the most incredible event I have ever been to…” James Clarence.
Without doubt it is going to be the event of 2012 as it will be the first time ever that such a number of original WWII tanks will have been assembled in Dorset since the end of the war – up to twenty tanks and over fifty WWII vehicles, will be driving into Dorchester town exactly as they did on the build up to D-Day. Dorset was one of the major marshalling areas and embarkation counties, it played a major part in the build up of the execution of D-Day and the liberation Nazi occupied Europe.
“I know I am biased because I took part in World War 2 but I find it enormously heartening that there seems to be a heightened awareness these days of our armed forces and how they keep our country safe. I passionately feel that that is the way it should be and that people should always remember those that gave their lives to enable the rest of us to be free from tyranny. I totally endorse Armour & Embarkation, the WWII Tank Event” Murray Walker
“To be part of history like this was once in a life experience…” Andy Brown.
Dorset was a major embarkation county for the US army men and their equipment. They left through Weymouth and Portland – the destination was the infamous ‘bloody Omaha’ beach. This was brought to the public attention once more in the Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood film, Saving Private Ryan. This event is to commemorate the times that shaped the world and the men who came from a foreign country, passed through our county – to never return. These guys and their footprints are now, just memories. I am not prepared to let them be forgotten.
“life changing from start to finish…” Jane Peters.
Our main publishing sponsor is the Dorset Echo, and our main Radio media partner is Wessex FM who will be promoting the event throughout Dorset. We will have the local TV networks covering the event for their news as it is so unique. Other titles who we are expecting to cover the event to date are, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Daily Express.
“like a dream come true and have never waved to so many people and never smiled so much…”
We are expecting to attract up to 5,000 people into Dorchester on the Saturday to come and see our arrival and to learn more about their past. On the Sunday we are driving to Weymouth to take part in their Veterans Parade which attracts in excess of 30,000 people. A DVD is also being produced
” to ride in a Sherman tank with that mighty engine behind you really is something hard to explain to your friends when you get back home. WOW really doesn’t even come close…”
Option 1 – Become a part of a WWII tank crew for the day. A most extraordinary experince and one not to be repeated. Includes lunch in Dorchester
Cost just £499.99
Option 2 – A ride in the convoy:
A seat in one of the convoy vehicles which will be the experience of a lifetime. Includes lunch in Dorchester
Cost just £99.99
“this is how memories are made…”