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Battle of Grolle 21,22 and 23 October 2022

Posted by Dad's Army on 03 Oct 2022, 19:47

This month there wille be another Battle of Grolle in the Netherlands.
A fantastic event with lots of reeanactors from different countries will live like hey did in 1627.
Also a real battle will take place, with shooting canons, running horses.
The battlefield can be seen from all sides, so big fun to watch.

More info HERE

I will be visiting it again, and if you can come I would reccoment it highly.
Maybe we will meet there, hope to see some of you there!

This event starts on Friday 21 October and continues until Sunday 23 October 2022.
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 17 Oct 2022, 17:04

If you are in Gelderland this weekend and go to see the battle at Groenlo, have a beer! I wish I could be there to enjoy it with you, but because of my back I decided to give it a miss this year.

If you have never been to see this, it is something to see. Apart from the reenactors, that even as I am writing, are making their way across Europe from all over, with their horses and cannons, armour and costumes. There is a lot more, the people in Groenlo put so much effort into this - not only are there siege works and sap trenches, but the town is decorated to get the feel of the 1625 town. Many non reenactors will be in costume and there will be musicians and vendors walking about the various camps scattered about the old town.

I wish I could be part of it this year, but it is what it is and I will be drinking Grolsch beer out of solidarity.

Go to youtube and search for Slag om Grolle, and you'll see what I mean.
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Posted by Dad's Army on 18 Oct 2022, 21:28

steve_pickstock wrote:If you are in Gelderland this weekend and go to see the battle at Groenlo, have a beer! I wish I could be there to enjoy it with you, but because of my back I decided to give it a miss this year.


Hmm just mailed you to see if we could meet again.
I will be there on Saturday with Benno and Jurrien.
So we will cheers to you Steve!

and to see the battle from last time we did meet:
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Posted by Minuteman on 19 Oct 2022, 14:59

Fantastic historical re-enactment. Enjoy the weekend!
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Posted by MABO on 20 Oct 2022, 16:30

Yes enjoyed the time!
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Posted by santifernandez on 20 Oct 2022, 17:59

How I would like to have been with my camera...
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 24 Oct 2022, 20:01

For those that didn't manage to get there - this is nearly as good. High quality video of the whole of Sunday's fight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqDEGu6CVFs

If anyone is wondering about the zig-zag trenches. These are sap trenches that work their way towards the opponent with the earth piled on the side from which the gun-fire will come, having gotten so far they then turn and go back in the other direction. In the film "The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day Lewis, you can see them making these, and the soldiers at the end closest to the enemy are shielded by a 'sap-roller' a large basket shaped affair that they push in front of themselves as they did.
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 30 Oct 2022, 07:33

A memory on my Facebook reminded me that the word zigzagloopgraven is apparently used to describe those sap trenches. I'm guessing that it is a modern word, but I would love to be wrong about that.
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