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19th century military camp scenario reenacted in Penza suburb

13:14 | 11.07.2015 | Society


Penza, 11 July 2015. PenzaNews. A military and historical festival “Field of Mars” dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Russian victory in the Patriotic War of 1812 (commonly known abroad as the French Invasion of Russia) and the successes of the 1813-1815 military campaigns is held in Soglasiye area of Penza city on Saturday, July 11.

The members of the military reenactment clubs have set up a 19th century camp in the location, the press service of the Russian Military-Historic Society informed PenzaNews agency.

“There are white tents, barracks, guardboxes and a drill field. Only those dressed in the uniform of the age may enter the zone. They also set up and ambulatory church through the support of the Penza diocese,” they added.

The guests of the festival may enjoy various interactive zones, such as a Cossack bivouac, a recruitment procedure and the army farewells, as well as trick riding lessons, children’s saber fencing classes, horse riding, chariot riding, and more.

For the hungry visitors, the festival offers meals of the 19th century army field kitchen.

The music list of the festival includes the Russian folk, the old-style spring romances, as well as the Napoleon age music from Europe, including France and England.

The main events of the festival will be held on Sunday, July 12.

It will start with a dirge, a crucession and a mass prayer in commemoration of the 200th anniversary for the victory of the Russian arms, followed by a reading of the Emperor’s Manifesto on Complete Defeat of the Enemy and the Capture of Paris.

The visitors will see a reenacted combat between the Russian cavalry and the French infantry, after which the participants will parade before the audience and answer their questions.

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