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    “Victoria, Mobilize!” – A “Downton Abbey”-style Edwardian picnic and Mobilization event – 9th and 10th August, 2014

        For those of you on Facebook, here is the Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/718432424884910/ And the CBC interview regarding the event details - https://soundcloud.com/cbcvictoria/the-guns-of-august-will-boom-again   “Mobilize, Victoria: A City Goes to War” – a 2 day Living History event in partnership with Parks Canada at Fort Rodd Hill. Dates: 9th to 10th August 2014 Event: VEMRA (Victoria-Esquimalt Military Reenactors Association – www.vemra.ca  ) will tackle to heady and chaotic days of the Mobilization in Victoria with a focus on the 22 days (August 4th to 26) prior to the sailing of The First Contingent from Victoria.   Activities:   A Public picnic – there are few moments of gaiety in The Great War and these…

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    Timeline through History, 10 AD to 1956: 19th -27th June, 2014

      Event: “Timeline through History”, 19th to 27th June, 2014, Fort Rodd Hill, Colwood, BC Portrayal: Various eras Participants: Don Thomas, Perry Chow, Tony Austin, Connor Thomas, Simon Sobolewski, Felix Sobolewski, Gary and Sybil Kangas, Dan Dalby, Sarah Johnston, Branko, Oxana and Martina Diklitch After Action Report: Simon Sobolewski Fort Rodd Hill invited VEMRA, Project Germani and PARMA to a multi-era event in late June. The weather cooperated and a rather large event occured. Below are images from the event. All photos by Tony Austin and Sarah Johnston [Show slideshow] 12345►  

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    Avro Anson L7056 Documentary film – 15th June, 2014

      Event: Avro Anson Documentary – 15th June, 2014, Sidney Air Museum, Sidney, BC Portrayal: “From Dunkirk to Rangoon” and a timeline of Canadian Military HistoryRCAF, Pat Bay Airfield, 1944 Participants: Don Thomas, Bob Campbell,  Tony Austin, , Connor Thomas, Bryce Smith, Jonathan Wolter, Simon Sobolewski, Sarah Johnston, Branko Diklitch, Trent Ingraham, Jennifer Ingraham, Joel Tyler After Action Report: Simon Sobolewski In the last part of 2013, a discovery was made on Vancouver Island, of downed Avro Anson L7056, which had been missing since 1944. Vancouver Aircrew Association members were involved in the recovery and identification of the plane and its crew. Through the VIAA, VEMRA was contcated and asked if we would like to participate i…

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    Supporting Fort Macaulay – 24th May, 2014

        Event: Supporting Fort Macaulay, Fort Macaulay, Esquimalt, BC Portrayal: Troops stationed at Fort Macaulay, 1879-1956 Participants: Don Thomas, Tony Austin, Connor Thomas, Bryce Smith, Simon Sobolewski,  Dan Dalby, Sarah Johnston, Branko, Oxana and Martina Diklitch After Action Report: Simon Sobolewski Mr. Jack Bates, a local historian, approached us last year with a proposal to support his approaching the Township of Esquimalt for the purpose of giving more attention to the history of Fort Macaulay. On the 24th may, a small number of local VEMRA members gathered at the old sentry post at the Fort’s North entrance for a pre-event tour, given by Mr. Bates. After our group orientation, we each took over a section of…

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    May Encampment – 15th to 18th May, 2014

      Event: May Encampment Portrayal: “From Dunkirk to Rangoon” and a timeline of Canadian Military History Participants: Don Thomas, Bob Campbell, Perry Chow, Tony Austin, Mark Ivins, Connor Thomas, Bryce Smith, Brent Blakely and Jonathan Wolter, Simon Sobolewski, Felix Sobolewski, Black Family, Harry Moon, Gary and Sybil Kangas, Dan Dalby, Sarah Johnston, Branko, Oxana and Martina Diklitch After Action Report: Dan Dalby The May Encampment, often seen as VEMRAs largest and most anticipated event, starts a day or so before the official start date, with the arrival of the folks from the mainland and their convoy of vehicles. This time however, Bob Campbell, as well Don and Connor Thomas starred in a short promotional ad for the event…

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“Victoria, Mobilize!” – A “Downton Abbey”-style Edwardian picnic and Mobilization event – 9th and 10th August, 2014

    For those of you on Facebook, here is the Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/718432424884910/ And the CBC interview regarding the event details - https://soundcloud.com/cbcvictoria/the-guns-of-august-will-boom-again   “Mobilize, Victoria: A City Goes to War” – a 2 day Living History event in partnership with Parks Canada at Fort Rodd Hill. Dates: 9th to 10th August 2014 Event: VEMRA (Victoria-Esquimalt Military Reenactors Association – www.vemra.ca  ) will tackle to heady and chaotic days of the Mobilization in Victoria with a focus on the 22 days (August 4th to 26) prior to the sailing of The First Contingent from Victoria.   Activities:   A Public picnic – there are few moments of gaiety in The Great War and these…

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Timeline through History, 10 AD to 1956: 19th -27th June, 2014

  Event: “Timeline through History”, 19th to 27th June, 2014, Fort Rodd Hill, Colwood, BC Portrayal: Various eras Participants: Don Thomas, Perry Chow, Tony Austin, Connor Thomas, Simon Sobolewski, Felix Sobolewski, Gary and Sybil Kangas, Dan Dalby, Sarah Johnston, Branko, Oxana and Martina Diklitch After Action Report: Simon Sobolewski Fort Rodd Hill invited VEMRA, Project Germani and PARMA to a multi-era event in late June. The weather cooperated and a rather large event occured. Below are images from the event. All photos by Tony Austin and Sarah Johnston [Show slideshow] 12345►  

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Avro Anson L7056 Documentary film – 15th June, 2014

  Event: Avro Anson Documentary – 15th June, 2014, Sidney Air Museum, Sidney, BC Portrayal: “From Dunkirk to Rangoon” and a timeline of Canadian Military HistoryRCAF, Pat Bay Airfield, 1944 Participants: Don Thomas, Bob Campbell,  Tony Austin, , Connor Thomas, Bryce Smith, Jonathan Wolter, Simon Sobolewski, Sarah Johnston, Branko Diklitch, Trent Ingraham, Jennifer Ingraham, Joel Tyler After Action Report: Simon Sobolewski In the last part of 2013, a discovery was made on Vancouver Island, of downed Avro Anson L7056, which had been missing since 1944. Vancouver Aircrew Association members were involved in the recovery and identification of the plane and its crew. Through the VIAA, VEMRA was contcated and asked if we would like to participate i…

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Supporting Fort Macaulay – 24th May, 2014

    Event: Supporting Fort Macaulay, Fort Macaulay, Esquimalt, BC Portrayal: Troops stationed at Fort Macaulay, 1879-1956 Participants: Don Thomas, Tony Austin, Connor Thomas, Bryce Smith, Simon Sobolewski,  Dan Dalby, Sarah Johnston, Branko, Oxana and Martina Diklitch After Action Report: Simon Sobolewski Mr. Jack Bates, a local historian, approached us last year with a proposal to support his approaching the Township of Esquimalt for the purpose of giving more attention to the history of Fort Macaulay. On the 24th may, a small number of local VEMRA members gathered at the old sentry post at the Fort’s North entrance for a pre-event tour, given by Mr. Bates. After our group orientation, we each took over a section of…

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May Encampment – 15th to 18th May, 2014

  Event: May Encampment Portrayal: “From Dunkirk to Rangoon” and a timeline of Canadian Military History Participants: Don Thomas, Bob Campbell, Perry Chow, Tony Austin, Mark Ivins, Connor Thomas, Bryce Smith, Brent Blakely and Jonathan Wolter, Simon Sobolewski, Felix Sobolewski, Black Family, Harry Moon, Gary and Sybil Kangas, Dan Dalby, Sarah Johnston, Branko, Oxana and Martina Diklitch After Action Report: Dan Dalby The May Encampment, often seen as VEMRAs largest and most anticipated event, starts a day or so before the official start date, with the arrival of the folks from the mainland and their convoy of vehicles. This time however, Bob Campbell, as well Don and Connor Thomas starred in a short promotional ad for the event…

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1914 Mobilization Photo Shoot – 3rd May, 2014

  Event: 1914 Mobilization Photo Shoot, Fort Rodd Hill NHS, Colwood, BC Portrayal: a typical scene in August of 1914 Participants: Don Thomas, Bob Campbell, Tony Austin, Connor Thomas, Simon Sobolewski, Felix Sobolewski, Gary and Sybil Kangas, Sarah Johnston, Branko, Oxana and Martina Diklitch, The Gold Family, Larry Richardson, Al Beekman After Action Report: Simon Sobolewski VEMRA  members are involved in the 2014 Pacific Military Tattoo and one of the themes is Canada’s Mobilization for WW1. The organizers asked us to take a few shots to use in their brochure. So, one blustery morning, volunteers gathered and this is the results. All photographs by Tony Austin [Show slideshow]

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Bunker Bash, 2014: 1st-2nd March, 2014

Event: Bunker Bash (Cold War event, 1-2 March, 2014, Fort Rodd Hill N.H.S.)  Portrayal: Cold War era 1946-1960(Canadian, NATO and Soviet)    Participants: Don Thomas, Bob Campbell, Perry Chow, Tony Austin, Mark Ivins, Connor Thomas, Bryce Smith, Brent Blakely and Jonathan Wolter     After Action Report: Jonathan Wolter    Being the first of the year the – Cold war event - is a fantastic way to bring the members of VEMRA together and shed light on an often overlooked portion of military history. Getting out and once again getting reacquainted with kit as well as fellow members is another benefit of this event.    The set up at Fort Rodd Hill’s barrack, cookhouse and plotting room was set in motion well in advance of the…

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Lantern Tour 2013 – 21st September 2013

  Event – Lantern Tour 2013, 21st September 2013, Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, Colwood, BC Portrayals – Various eras Participants – Bob Campbell, Tony Austin, Perry Chow, Simon Sobolewski, Connor Thomas, Dan Dalby, Joshua Naesgaard, Branko Diklitch, Sarah Johnson, Gary Kangas, Sybil Kangas, Grant Tyler, The Black Family, Jonathan Wolter,  Dan Bodden After Action Report -  VEMRA members In this, our 12th Annual Lantern Tour of Fort Rodd Hill, we decided to change things up a bit and instead of the tour focusing exclusively on the history of the Fort, we branched out to open all other military engagements of Canadian Military from 1860 to 1957. Eras were: Post-War - World War Two - A briefing for…

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73rd Anniversary Battle of Britain – 15th September 2013

  Event – 73rd Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain – Sidney Air Museum, Sidney, BC Portrayal – No. 1 Squadron, RCAF; Era Civilians Paricipants – Don Thomas, Tony Austin, Connor Thomas, Brent Blakely, Gary and Sybil Kangas, Branko Ditlitch After Action Report - NA Photos by Tony Austin

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Rebuilt Mosquito – 18th August, 2013

Event – Rebuilt Mosquito Fighter Bomber, Victoria Air Maintanance Hanger, Sidney, BC Portrayal – RCAF Aircrew 1945 Participants – Tony Austin, Simon Sobolewski, Joel Tyler After Action Report – Simon Sobolewski As Don Thomas and I are members of the Vancouver Island Aircrew Association, we received a last-minute invitation to view the nearly completed Mosquito in the Hanger at Sidney. Mel Johnstone kindly agreed to show us the MK.B 35 Mosquito, which is nearing the end of its stay in Victoria before flying over to Vancouver in a month or so’s time.  Mel and his crew have done a superb job of rebuilding this “Wooden Wonder”. We were escorted around the aircraft by an actual…