3 weeks ago

Defend Fife

We've had an enquiry from Piotr Olecki & the living history military museum in #Toruń

#Polish soldiers on a Scottish beach #WWII
An MP & his brother in the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade.
Is this photo in #Fife?
Anybody name this location for him?
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3 weeks ago

Defend Fife

We will be at #DefendFife Sept 29th / 30th.
The #1939 map shows a fairly empty landscape at #Lathalmond - all that changed quickly when #Rosyth was shown to be vulnerable to enemy bombers. A separate naval stores depot was required to spread the risk. That is where we will bring more #WW2 #history to life.
( @defenddunfermline too )
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DEFEND FIFE WORLD WAR II FESTIVAL

 Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018

In 2018 ``Defend Dunfermline`` has grown bigger into ``Defend Fife``.

The festival, which attracted around 2000 visitors to Dunfermline Town Centre last year, looks to draw 5000 people into Dunfermline & West Fifes WW2 military history – Home Guard troops, alongside Polish Army allies in defending against Axis invasion (1939 – 44).

This year, the festival will feature many fun and exciting activities for all ages, including a parade through Dunfermline High Street with dignitaries, veteran groups, cadets and a pipe band. The event programme also includes military displays, traditional Scottish and Polish music, war games and exhibitions.

The Festival has expanded to include a big new exhibition venue, Lathalmond – also the site of the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum & The Lathalmond Railway Museum. Shuttle buses will run back and forward from Dunfermline Town Centre to the site. Each day will see re-enactors stage an invading raid by enemy paratroopers [the Allies will surely win]. Visitors can sample wartime food and drink, rummage through a vintage market and enjoy pop-up museums and vintage military vehicles – Entry to the Bus & Train museums also included in the price.

Festival

The festival, which attracted around 2000 visitors to Dunfermline Town Centre last year, looks to draw 5000 people into Dunfermline & West Fifes WW2 military history - Home Guard troops, alongside Polish Army allies in defending against Axis invasion (1939 - 44).

Content

It will feature many fun and exciting activities for all ages, including a parade through Dunfermline High Street with dignitaries, veteran groups, cadets and a pipe band. The event programme also includes military displays, traditional Scottish and Polish music, war games and exhibitions.

Where?

The Festival has expanded to include a big new exhibition venue, Lathalmond - also the site of the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum & The Lathalmond Railway Museum (just north of Dunfermline). Shuttle buses will run back and forward from Dunfermline Town Centre to the site.

Games

There will be fun games and activities on the day to help get all the family involved.

Defend Dunfermline Day 2 Final (11)
Defend Dunfermline Day 2 Final (82)
Secret Maps

We will have maps showing the secret war that went on in order to Defend Fife

Parade

A parade taking place in the town centre of Dunfermline to celebrate both the British Homeguard and Polish Army.

Live Music

On the day we will music and live performs that will help transform us back to WWII

Games

There will be fun games and activities on the day to help get all the family involved.

What is the Defend Fife Event?

Below is some key information to help highlight what the Defend Fife Event is all about.

What is it about?

Discover the story of 1940s Dunfermline, which had its defenses strengthened in the war years against infiltration from enemy tanks and paratroopers. Investigate the recently unearthed confidential maps and plans, drawn up by the allied Polish armies, who were exiled to Scotland during World War II. These plans – which were an enforcement of the roadblocks, checkpoints and fighting positions created by Dunfermline’s home guard – were prepared in the result of ultimate invasion. The festival will retell this interesting story through the eyes of the Scottish and Polish soldiers who worked hard to ensure Fife remained protected.

Who is behind the event?

About Forth Pilgrim Ltd – Offering live interpretation across heritage sites in Fife, Forth Pilgrim Ltd. delivers educational, inspiring and entertaining workshops and walks, primarily dealing with Medieval History. The organisation are a leading partner in driving forward a new tourist route for the region, the Fife Pilgrim Way.