British Military Tournament photos

The British Military Tournament at Earls court 04/05 December 2010 featured hugely popular acts such as The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, the Musical Drive of the King’s Troop RHA, massed bands marching displays, the world famous Field Gun Run (which has not run since 1999) performed by Wellington College, the return of the much loved Skill-At-Arms display, an English Civil War engagement including a full scale cavalry charge and a thrilling re-enactment from the present day conflict in Afghanistan, presented by soldiers recently returned from Helmand Province. The show brought together all the best elements of the world famous Royal Tournament and incorporates them into a new show for the 21st century. The British Military Tournament was presented by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity who provide for injured servicemen and women and their families.

The first acts included Drum horse and Trumpeters, Foot Guard Massed bands, Light cavalry and Pikemen and Musketeers;

The British Military Tournament - Pikemen and Musketeers

The British Military Tournament - Mass Bands

The British Military Tournament - Earls Court December 2010

Tommy Atkins was there to provide entertainment between scenes. (Tommy is the name given to a common solider typified in World War 1)

The British Military Tournament - Tommy Atkins

One of the highlights of the night was the Musical Rides:

The Musical Drive of the King’s Troop RHA

The Musical Drive of the King’s Troop RHA

Before the break we had The Royal Army Physical Training Corps, and other demonstrations.

Royal Army Physical Training Corps

Cavalry Training - Tent Pegging

The biggest treat for me was the return of the Field Gun Run, an event that was rtun every year from 1907 – 1999. I used to spend many an afternoon during my time in the Navy at Devonport withching these guys train and compete.

The original event is not fully restored, however. The Cadets of Wellington College provide the competition between two teams Terrible and Powerfull following the normal format, just with slightly smaller kit.

Field Gun Run

Field Gun Run

Field Gun Run

Field Gun Run

War Horse is a play currently showing in London’s west end, at the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire; death, disease and fate take him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. and we were priviledged to see the horse and some of the cast on the show.

War Horse

War Horse

An abrieviated version of the changing of the guard was also shown.

Changing of the guard

The newest exibition was the fantastic re-enactment from the present day conflict in Afghanistan, presented by soldiers recently returned from Helmand Province.

HCR Afghanistan re-enactment

HCR Afghanistan re-enactment

HCR Afghanistan re-enactment

HCR Afghanistan re-enactment

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Salute

All photographs by Richard Swaffield.

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4 Comments

  1. by Mental Crumble on December 6, 2010  8:16 am Reply

    No pictures of the boys in the Powerful crew?

    • by swaffs on December 6, 2010  10:38 am Reply

      Unfortunately not, I was unable to get to both sides of the arena during the run.

  2. by Francois Raats on December 8, 2010  5:35 pm Reply

    Swaffs thank you for the photographs, very well done.

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