Friday, 9 December 2011

British Military Tournament 2011 Pictures, Earls Court.

Got brought to this event last Saturday as another early Christmas present (will have nothing in my stocking now except for coal), I took some pictures but the seating was a bit of a distance from the arena floor and the lighting was a little weird at times but a damn good event but expensive.

The theme of the show this year was the relationship between the USA and Great Britain throughout history, most often not that harmonious.

The other half refused to participate!

US Army Old Guard Drill Team........amazing skill!


A short re-enactment of the Battle of Franklin 1864 during the ACW which is considered the Pickett's Charge of the West, more info here , it rocked the arena with the noise of muskets and cannon fire!





Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, absolutely stunning to watch these at full gallop and the training required...what it must have been like on the battlefield!




Wellington College gun run with the band of the Royal Marines.

Amazing stuff!







The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team: "The White Helmets"

They have no fear and their ridingcaused the most ooohs and aaahs of the whole event with how close they rode their bikes towards each other.

US Army Europe Band....very good.

British and Afghan forces defending a meeting in a village and building a new bridge while under attack from insurgents...

...suspected insurgent car bomb being dealt with!

A feed from Afghanistan with an American and British officer talking about the event and the situation in Afghanistan.

The ending...

...and the drums and pipes of the Scots!

There were several Mexican waves (technically Irish waves), John Bull and Uncle Sam whipping up the crowd and finding the effect of military bands and their music is amazing and astonishing, I had to be stopped from leading our side of the arena against the other side but it was a close thing!

36 comments:

  1. Excellent pictures. I'm quite jealous now, looks like it was a great event.

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  2. Looks to have been an excellent show, great stuff :)

    Which reg. are those Scots btw? They look Black Watch?

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  3. @In Chigh: I believe so but they never announced!

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  4. This looks splendid. And the arena is packed. It's nice to know that people do still care and take pride in their military.

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  5. It looked to be a great show. Nice Piccies

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  6. That looks like alot of fun thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  7. They did all they indoors? Impressive...and noisy.

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  8. That sounds like a wonderful event. Thanks for posting.

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  9. sounds like you had a great time, Lurk!

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  10. Very interesting. Thanks.

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  11. Wow that looks seriously cool :) also a lot of history there.

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  12. That actually looks really fun! :D

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  13. That looks so much fun to watch. I really like the naval gun run.

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  14. Defending an Afghan village in a arena? An 'exposition' car bomb going off? I dunno, sounds very surreal...

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  15. Glad to see this back and popular as ever, used to go regularly as a kid and took the better half to one of the last shows before the bonkers and rather offensive decision to stop it.

    A fine excuse for a trip to 'The Smoke' for 2012.

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  16. Looks like a great experience Fran, very jealous!!!!

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  17. that is pretty awesome, and they shot those cannons off in a stadium. balls of steel.

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  18. Haha, when I first opened the page I was thinking damn those look real.

    I'd love to go to one of these events. We never have that kind of thing around here.

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  19. Like Bonjour, I thought, "These are AMAZING MINIATURES!"

    Guess I have been away too long. Thanks for sharing those photos. Quite a few!

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  20. Excellent, I remember seeing this kind of show on the TV many years ago back in the UK.

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  21. Ha...my brother was there...in full regalia with the regimental dog ;-D
    Cheers
    paul

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  22. From your seat, they almost look like miniatures coming to life.

    Great Christmas gift.

    And in response to your comment, yes, I believe a good amount of fibre/fiber would be needed.

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  23. Wow! I was never to be at one of this Shows.

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  24. I love the Royal Tournament you lucky man. Look like you had a great time.

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  25. That looks it was an amazing Christmas present, who cares if you get coal afterwards. :P

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  26. You're a very lucky man, somebody obviously loves you! Would love to go and see this live.

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  27. Great pictures - looks like it was an awesome show.
    I used to love watching the Edinburgh Military tattoo and the Gun runs they used to do...

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  28. wow Great pics !! A Truly awesome account of history.

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  29. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing all the pics.

    Jason

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