There is less than a week to go until this year’s Overlord Show.

The team are hard at work setting up the field as we speak. The grass has been cut, we have made major improvements to the main vehicular roadways in the vehicles field and also in the public carpark – 100 tons of tarmac planings have been distributed atop ballast to level and remove ruts from the field and prevent potential flooding. However, the forecast looks good for the back end of next week and across the weekend so this is unlikely to be a problem. It will be quite breezy and sunny so remember to bring sun cream so you don’t get burnt.

All exhibitor passes and information such as sign-in sheets have now been printed and will be sent down to the field in the coming days for exhibitors when they arrive. A polite notice that exhibitors are NOT permitted on site before noon on Wednesday so please do not turn up before then.

Over the show weekend, we will be quite busy and we may not be able to respond promptly to emails or messages. Most information can be found out on the Show Info pages. Entry Prices, Open/Close Times, the programme and FAQs are all there!

A polite reminder that applications for Traders, Reenactors, and Non-Trading Exhibitors will be closing on Wednesday 9th May.

Vehicle Exhibitors deadline is 20th May.

Please be sure to get your applications in before these deadlines.

If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to get in contact via the Contact Page, or via Facebook.

In the case of technical issues (e.g. with the online application forms), almost all issues have been related to Ad Blockers or out of date cache stored on devices. Please ensure you are not running any ad blocking software (we don’t run ads on our website), and clear your browser cache. For instructions on how to do this please see https://kb.iu.edu/d/ahic. If this does not resolve the problem, send an email to “[email protected]” clearly explaining what the issue is, what browser and device you are using and ideally what you were doing at the time.

A message regarding applications.

The tradelines are almost full and any prospective traders are urged to get their applications in ASAP to avoid disappointment. There is only so much space and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Vehicle exhibits are going well and we are 20 vehicles up compared to exactly the same time last year. Still plenty of space, however, we would prefer to have applications in sooner rather than later.

Similarly, if your reenactment group would like to attend, please get your applications in soon as we will be beginning to allocate space in the reenactor’s field.

To make applications: visit the Exhibitors page

It has been a while since we made any updates and with just over 2 months until the show, I thought it would be a good time to start to drive up some hype.

As always the organisers have been working tirelessly over the last few months planning the show and improving the field. We have now improved our water distribution at the site with new water pipe, taps, and standpoints. We will also be improving signage en route to the site with official AA event signs.

Applications have been open for a while now and are making good progress. If you are yet to make an application, please do so as soon as possible via the Exhibitors page.

We still have loads of space for reenactors and vehicles. Traders are approximately half full. If you have any problems, do not hesitate to get in Contact and we will try our best to assist you with this.

For anyone from the Isle of Wight wishing to exhibit, we have negotiated a 10% discount with WightLink ferries valid for the week before and after the show. And select times over the show weekend. Any exhibitors from the IOW will be sent this information AFTER they have made an application. We are not able to provide this to visitors.

In recent years, we have been trying to focus on special interest exhibits, and we are hoping on having a number of these exhibits at the show, to include a WWII 40mm anti-aircraft set display, a post-war T54 Tank. We may potentially have other special vehicle exhibits.

We are also looking at developing a display to commemorate 100 years of the end of WWI.

As with each year, we have requested a BBMF flyover, though admittedly we have not been particularly lucky with this.

Soon, we will be distributing our flyers, you might see a few about.

 

New to the 40s, no problem… you don’t have to wear a uniform, spend a fortune on hiring a costume or buy the genuine article, here’s how to achieve the look:

Have a stroll around the charity shops or on one of the internet selling sites and find a floral, button front dress, team it with a pair of low heel rounded toe shoes or lace-up flats with socks – stockings were scarce in wartime so ladies took to wearing ankle socks. A hand knitted cardigan, small brimmed hat, plain ‘Kelly’ style handbag, plus a shopping basket, this makes you the wartime housewife out buying rations for your family.

Perhaps a tailored suit, tweed or a muted colour, matching bag, shoes and trilby style hat for the country lady on her way to help out at the local WVS. Similar to a fitted plain jacket and tweed skirt, matching accessories. Gloves were ‘de rigeur’ and matched the outfit.

A pair of jodhpurs or dungarees, short sleeve shirt, headscarf tied around the head and some sensible brown lace-ups… voila! you’re a land girl.

Wrapover ‘pinny’ and hairnet/snood/scarf and you can be the local ‘lady what does’ – with so many household staff going off to war charladies were in demand in the big houses.

Borrow hubbies or dad’s boiler suit, belt around the middle, again the sensible lace-up shoes and a tied headscarf… you’re now ‘Rosie the Riveter’ working on Spitfires at Wadhams, Waterlooville.

Hair was put into pin-curls and ‘Victory Rolls’ were popular, longer hair often put into a snood to keep it tidy. Jewellery was understated, only a single string of pearls or similar during the day and brooches usually in the lapel of a jacket or coat.

Girls wore summer dresses, smocking was popular and in plaids, cottons and often matching hand knitted skirts and cardigans for winter. Lace-ups, sandals and ankle socks. Boys wore short trousers, usually until they were fourteen and left school. Lace-ups, long socks (usually grey) and a snake buckle belt – so hard to find nowadays – maybe a jacket or school blazer and school cap or a flat cap.

Gentlemen would be wearing suits/jackets with wide lapels and turn-ups – later in the war, these were banned as material became scarce. Braces, shirts tended to be white and shoes sensible, again a rounded toe and brogues were popular. The iconic trilby was the hat of choice. Office workers carried briefcases or small suitcases – similar to the ones child evacuees took on their elongated trip to safer areas for the duration of the war.

The choices are endless… try putting ‘40s clothes – images’ into your search engine, you’ll like what you find. And if all else fails, come along to the show anyway, you’ll love what’s there and always friendly advice to help you with your new image.

Most importantly…

Never go out without your gas mask. A small box, approx 20cm x 15cm x 15cm covered in brown paper, string attached to wear over the shoulder – you never know when there’s going to be a gas attack. Lots of ladies actually used theirs to carry their everyday items around, leaving the actual mask at home!

By Chris Allaway

N.B.
The Overlord Show team would like to emphasise that the 40’s theme is one aspect of the show which we have carried out in the past, but has been forgotten in recent years. We are simply looking to revive this aspect. We acknowledge that a significant number of vehicle exhibitors are not from this period, and we would like to make it clear that the objective of the 40’s theme is not one which is designed to exclude exhibitors with more recent vehicles but to encourage the public to participate.

Reposted from 2017.

After a few delays, the show team is prepared to open the applications for the 2018 show.
Please visit the Exhibitors page and click on the respective buttons for Vehicles, Reenactors, Traders and Non-Traders.

The process has changed for Vehicles, Reenactors, and Non-Traders. More information can be found on the Exhibitors page. There is an all-new exhibitors centre, which will allow you to manage your applications online and the whole process should also be easier for any exhibitors who have to make multiple applications.

The process for Traders remains the same as in previous years.

The Code of Conduct has received a much-needed update and has substantial changes. It is now called “Exhibitor Standing Orders”. Please be sure to read it in full.

We are happy to announce that the Overlord Show 2018 will be in support of Hounds for Heroes, Homes for Veterans, and The Spirit of Normandy Trust.

Hounds for Heroes Logo

 

 

Hounds for Heroes

“Hounds for Heroes provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision, we aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.”

 

 

 

Homes for Veterans Logo

 

Homes for Veterans

“Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans provide supported accommodation to British Armed Forces Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.”

 

 

Spirit of Normandy Trust BannerThe Spirit of Normandy Trust

“The Trusts objectives are to increase the knowledge and appreciation concerning the events leading up to and culminating in the Normandy Landings and their historical significance and to provide financial assistance for veterans of the three Services and their dependents who are in need.”

For any potential exhibitors who were planning on attending the show this year. No! We haven’t forgotten about you!

The application forms are not quite ready yet but we are hoping to make these available as soon as possible. Applications will be online (except traders) like before, however, you will now be able to check and modify these applications via the website.  All exhibitors from last year should expect emails notifying them when we have made them available. There have been a number of revisions, aiming to reduce the amount of information asked. There have also been a number of proposals for ways of improving the show layout and improving the use of space on the show field, so these are being planned by the respective subteams for vehicles, reenactors, and traders.

Be sure to note us down on your calendar and we thank you for your patience.

Mark us in your diary 26th to 28th May 2018 for more explosive action guaranteed!
Here’s our ‘Impact’ Trailer.

Soliders Shooting with clip ejecting from gun

I am glad to inform everyone that Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club has had its first meeting to discuss the Overlord Show 2018.

We are still in the process of assigning duties to team members and prioritising jobs so anyone in the Solent area who is interested in helping should consider joining S.O.E. and the Show Team.

You may notice, we have a new website which has been rebuilt from the ground up, which should improve loading times and address some minor issues. Feel free to send in your comments and suggestions for the site. New features for exhibitors are planned which aim to make the application process even easier than last year. Applications will probably be looking to open some time around November/December time.

Food traders who are interested in catering can send interest via the contact form and it will be passed on for consideration.

We have a number of social media platforms now, so be sure to like, join and follow! Facebook Page. Facebook Group. Twitter.

There will be more information and promotional media released in the coming months, so stay tuned!