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WWII Vehicles Return To Carnival

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Dorchester Carnival 2016 will see the welcome return of the a fleet of Second World War vehicles. The display convoy is being heralded as the largest collection of tanks and armoured vehicles in Dorset since the war ended in 1945. The convoy will take part in the main carnival procession which begins on Saturday 18th June at 5:00pm. The procession will start from Fairfield car park opposite Brewery Square and will weave its way through the County Town.

The fleet took part in previous carnival processions in Dorchester and were greeted by large numbers of people who lined the streets of the route.

Crowds line the streets in the Dorchester Carnival procession. Second World War armoured vehicles are back in the Dorchester Carnival 2016


Dorchester Carnival 2016 see the return of World War II vehicles.


Armour and Embarkation event.

The fleet’s participation in the Dorchester Carnival is part of a larger recreation event called Armour and Embarkation. Re-enactors and vehicle owners from around Europe will don original uniforms, carry weapons and equipment. These would have been taken on embarkation to give spectators a real taste of history and breathe new life into the story of D-Day and the Normandy invasion.

This take place over three days from 17th-19th June which will see participants and their heavy vehicles drive through the lanes and towns of Dorset for an unmissable and unforgettable display.

  • Friday 17th – Education Day. Most of the vehicles will arrive at their base camp ready for the weekend.
  • Saturday 18th – Armour Day. 1pm Tank Museum. 3pm convoy to Dorchester. 5pm Dorchester Carnival 2016 procession.
  • Sunday 19th -Veteran’s Day parade Weymouth. They will be joining the Weymouth Veterans Parade and will be travelling along the seafront at around 11:00 am.

Dorset and the ports of Weymouth and Portland were the embarkation ports for the Big Red One and Pointe du Hoc Rangers.

For more information on the event see

Reenactors taking part in the 2012 Dorchester Carnival.


Tank taking part in the Dorchester Carnival. Dorchester Carnival 2012 Word War II reenactors.

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How thrilling, but why on these dates, rather than 6th June 2014, seventy years later? Wish I had been there for this thrilling event, as a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, I was not aware of it being held!

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