Welcome To My Detling (Military Odyssey) 2011 Visit Page.

I finally managed to get the time this year to get to the Military Odyssey show, but I was slightly disappointed with it as to me it seemed that it was smaller, when compared to the last time I went in 2008. But overall this did not spoil the event for me, as I had a lot of discussions with some of the various Living History groups. And as I found with the Gebirgsjager group for example, I learned a great deal from them for my figures, especially when I showed the group some photos of my Gebirgsjager models.

My grateful thanks go the all of the re-enactors I met for all of their help.

These are links to each section and the pictures are all Thumbnail's please click on them to enlarge.

85th Gebirgsjager Group      German Signals     Various Living History Pictures   Roman   Various Vehicles   German Vehicles  

Opel Blitz Truck

Note: These pictures are not for commercial use, they are supplied for reference purposes for making model figures.

85th Gebirgsjager Group

A special mention has to be made to these gentleman from the 85th Gebirgsjager Group, for allowing me to photograph them and for allowing me to take up their time.



Some very useful information that I was given was regarding the ski's that the Gebirgsjager used, because since I have never skied I was unsure about how they are used, so I took the pictures below as the use of the ski's were explained to me.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5a. 6. 6a.

Picture 1. is of one of the straps that are used to hold the ski's together, Picture 2. shows the underneath of the ski, the metal edges are to help the skier turn as the metal strips dig into the snow. The brown colour is due to the wax that is applied to the underneath of the ski, to help reduce friction and increase speed. Picture 3. shows the bindings for the ski boot, Picture 4. shows how the bindings are adjusted to the different sized boot for each skier. Picture 5. & 5a. (A) shows the spring clip at the back of the binding which is used to keep the boot in place. Picture 6. & 6a (B). shows the ski boot in position, with the wire for the binding not connected to the side of the ski.

7. 8.  9. 9a. 10.  10a. 11.

The purpose of this is that as shown in Picture 7. is that the foot can be bent and moved further, so that the skier can 'walk' faster over the snow. Because from what I understand of it, only the toe of the boot is fastened to the ski. Picture 8. shows the back of the binding. With Picture 9. & 9a. (C) the wire on the binding has now been placed under the clip on the side, and in Picture 10. & 10a. (D) there is a lot less movement of the foot and the boot is now fully secured to the ski. In Picture 11. I was shown an adjustable metal plate, which is used to replace the front of a ski if it gets broken.


Another item that I was very grateful for being shown, were the ropes as shown on the right. Because I had often wondered about the ends of the ropes and how they were stopped from fraying apart, and I found out that the ends are wrapped in a thread to stop this happening. It was also explained to me that the Gebirgsjager ropes have a red thread woven into the rope as well, the purpose of this is that it can be used as a wear indicator. So if the red thread starts to fray, the rope is no longer safe to use.

Various German Signals


Various Living History Pictures



Various Vehicles

German Vehicles

Opel Blitz Truck


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