All week there has been filming taking place in QE Forest. A Canadian company called Perfect Storms Productions has been recreating the Battle of Teutoburg Forest which took place in Germany in AD9.

Roman camp

Roman camp

This was probably the worst defeat ever inflicted on the mighty Roman army with the complete destruction of 3 legions and their camp followers, a total of 15,000 people. 

The size and scale of the Teutoburg forest together with extreme wet weather prevented the Romans from applying their tried and tested tactics  and the result was a disaster. Any visitor who has tried to plan a bbq or family outing to QE this Summer will know just what this feels like. 

Filming

Filming

To recreate this type of weather now that Summer has finally arrived the crew used a large water tanker and wind machine. Each night space heaters were used to dry the clothes and other props so that they were ready for the next days filming.

To help make the film a number of Roman re-enactors who are from a local group called Legio2 took part. They were helped by two horses, a mule and a whole range of excellent props.

Historical accuracy was key to the film makers. The director had to ensure that the Park’s American Grey squirrels and Chinese Buddleia bushes did not get filmed accidentally to trouble the continuity police.

Roman shields

Roman shields

There were 40-60 crew and actors involved each day and the majority stayed at the Hampshire Hog Hotel through the week.

The Park’s cafe provided breakfast, lunch and many cups of tea daily and the increased trade helped in part to make up for the recent poor weather and lack of visitors.

For more information about the Roman re-enactors who also attend events  and make school visits their web-site is at www.legiiavg.org.uk    

Horses and mule

Horses and mule

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