By Jeff Sovelove
The Great War came to Ringwood Manor on Sunday, with re-enactors and demonstrations galore.
Today, there’s not much that marks the remembrance of World War I. To remedy that, numerous artifacts were displayed, everything from a collection of German dress helmets to gas masks to a working Triumph 1917 military motorcycle.
Historical balladeer Linda Russell & Company treated the crowd to a wide selection of music from popular songs of the period, including a George M. Cohan medley.
There also was a lecture on how the early gas attacks were made and used by all sides in the conflict.
The first crude gas masks were simply cloths soaked in urine (the ammonia neutralized the chlorine in the gas), then progressed to full head masks and then to the canister gas masks that we think of today.
On a personal note, I found it fascinating since my grandfather, Sam Sovelove, fought in WWI as a lieutenant in the American Expeditionary Force.
Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove: