Explore beyond the battlefield and into the living history of the First World War. Meet military interpreters and enjoy demonstrations on: the foods eaten, uniforms worn, equipment used, and the role of doctors and nurses. There will also be hourly experiences & special re-enactments that are not to be missed!
Medical and Camp Experiences:
- Explosive weapons demonstrations (Fri. & Sat. 10am and 5pm, Sun. 10am)
- Dress, exercise & drill like a WWI soldier (Fri. 11am & 3pm, Sat. & Sun. 11am)
- Gas attack safety equipment demos (Fri., Sat. & Sun. 1pm)
- Demonstrations of the Lee Enfield Rifle (Fri. 2pm & 4pm, Sat. & Sun. 2pm)
The Signal Hill Tattoo: Saturday, 3:00pm
A special re-enactment celebrating Signal Hill's long military history, as the award-winning Signal Hill Tattoo presents a showcase of historical music, maneuvers and pageantry.
Platoon Attack Demonstration: Sunday, 3:00pm
Come and witness a demonstration of First World War tactics! Pyrotechnic artillery detonations will churn the soil, as machine guns and rifles chatter amid the rising smoke. In this recreation of a historical training exercise, you will see how soldiers were taught to use their minds, bodies, and equipment in the face of terror and modern warfare. Learn how the losses of the Battle of the Somme eventually led to new approaches to fighting on the modern battlefield that would help move the war out of the stalemate of the trenches and back into a war of movement.
"After Beaumont-Hamel: Remaking the Newfoundland Regiment" is a joint event of the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Parks Canada Eastern Newfoundland Field Unit.