43rd Reconnaissance Regiment


August 2010


On the first full weekend in August, a small but select band from the Living History Group attended a multi period living history event at Broadlands, the home of the late Lord Mountbatten, just outside Romsey in Hampshire.  Under the banner "Blast From the Past" the event included groups portraying a wide variety of periods from the Romans up to the 1940's, with static and active displays through to full blown battle re-enactments in the beautiful parkland surrounding the House.

Due to holiday commitments, we could only muster a small display representing an element of a squadron HQ in a pre D-Day Exercise setting, with our Bedford MW radio truck, a despatch riders Matchless motorcycle and a liaison jeep with a variety of weapons and equipment also on display.  There was a great deal of interest from the general public in the Reconnaissance Corps and we enjoyed educating them as best we could, of the contribution our veterans and those of other Regiments of the Corps had made to the ultimate victory in 1945.  

In addition to the various Group displays, the event included a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the highlight of which was a treetop pass by the Lancaster - a sight seldom seen and very emotive.  This occasion was the first time the event had been held at Broadlands and it will be repeated on the same weekend in 2011.  The Living History Group intends to be there, hopefully with more vehicles and a  larger display.