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Utrecht - Marcus Junkelmann
Tuesday 18 September1990

This is where my re-enactment fever started. All these pictures were shot on tuesday 18th, when Marcus Junkelmann rode into Utrecht, where I was studying to become a historian at the time. For such an epic journey (a ride all across the northwestern border of the Roman Empire), the event was not well advertised, so I read about it only shortly before he arrived with his troop, the Ala II Flavia.
I already had one of his books, so I kinda knew what to expect, I thought. But who could expect a fully armed Roman cavalryman to ride right into one of the most upstanding Dutch book-shops? Not me! No pictures of that entry, I'm so very sorry, it was legendary. A stunning sight, never repeated and (I think) not agreed with the owners... Everyone still remembers it though. Having dismounted (I forget what they did with the horse), Marcus was kind enough to sign my book and the new one he was promoting.
That afternoon, the troop stayed at the Lepelenburg, a park near the town centre, to do a show 'n tell for the alerted crowd. The weather was not very good, overcast but dry, bad for my pictures (I did not have a fast enough film. Also, very bad for the Ala, as they went on their ride across the Limes mostly being very wet from the consistent rain.

Downtown Utrecht. Travelling companions of Junkelmann are Bruno P÷pping (left)..
Downtown Utrecht. Travelling companions of Junkelmann are Bruno P÷pping (left)..
... Fritz Bronsart ...
... Fritz Bronsart ...
.. and Roland Heiss (right).
.. and Roland Hei▀ (right).
Man, we were so young back then - and thin! Beard's long gone, as well.
Man, we were so young back then - and thin! Beard's long gone, as well.
The ceremonies are over, and the troop moves to the Lepelenburg park. Two of the Camarque horses used by the Junkelmann troop.
The ceremonies are over, and the troop moves to the Lepelenburg park. Two of the Camarque horses used by the Junkelmann troop.
Andreas hidden beneath the Niederbieber helmet.
Andreas hidden beneath the Niederbieber helmet.
.. and yrs truly with a brass Montefortino.
.. and yrs truly with a brass Montefortino.
Not just Romans, the press was also there (RTL 4 crew).
Not just Romans, the press was also there (RTL 4 crew).
Andreas and dr. Marcus Junkelmann.
Andreas and dr. Marcus Junkelmann.
Tired already, and still about a hard month away from home ...
Tired already, and still about a hard month away from home ...
Gear, not just for show - a Dura Europos scutum, two Coolus helmets, a spatha and pila.
Gear, not just for show - a Dura Europos scutum, two Coolus helmets, a spatha and pila.
Roland with the dogs that went with along for the whole trip.
Roland with the dogs who came along for the whole trip.
Cool, this Koblenz-Bubenheim type helmet...
Cool, this Koblenz-Bubenheim type helmet...
To please the crowds - on with the show! Junkelmann leads, then come Bronsart, P÷pping and Hei▀.
To please the crowds - on with the show! Junkelmann leads, then come Bronsart, P÷pping and Hei▀.
Hei▀ successfully scares off Bronsart - a job most inexperienced shield-walls would fail to do.
Hei▀ successfully scares off Bronsart - a job most inexperienced shield-walls would fail to do.
Junkelmann and Bronsart with a Dutch volunteer (Jona Lendering?) from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
Junkelmann and Bronsart with a Dutch volunteer (Jona Lendering?) from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

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