On Saturday morning my son and I went to Jefferson Barracks Park to catch the early morning battle between the Axis and the Allies.It was a cloudy day, heavy with rain clouds, so it was with some trepidation that I set up my camera by the perimeter fence next next to a large field.Fortunately, though, apart from a few sprinkles, the rain held off.
The battle began with a brief skirmish, after which the field was occupied by German troops. This year they were particularly well equipped. Half tracks, an assault gun and a Pak 40 anti-tank gun as well as almost every type of infantry weapon including a Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle as seen in the above actor's hands.The allies were definitely outgunned, fielding only half tracks, a troop carrier, jeeps and a Stuart M5 light tank that should have been shredded by the Pak 40.However, as has always been the way, the underarmed Allies vanquished the Germans and took the field. It was all very good fun, noisy as all heck, and gave a large number of gun enthusiasts a chance to let off their vintage weapons. All with blanks, of course!
The display was put on by the U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion, St. Louis and a splendid job they did too.
Here's a video made by my son, David –