Lessons on how to load a machine gun from a German army officer was one of the more unusual attractions at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Victory in Europe.
The museum took a step back in time with a 1940s theme to mark VE Day, with second world war re-enactors giving an authentic feel to live demonstrations.
Visitors could also enjoy afternoon tea served up on vintage china and get tips on traditional brooch making.
Graham White, 68, who is a heating engineer by day, took on the role of a German Cavalry Major to show how to load various weapons used during combat in the second world war.
“Many Germans died on the battlefields of Russia as a result of their superior firepower and technology of the Russians,” he said.
“The MG34 had a killing distance of 2km and can fire off 800 rounds a minute.”
A make-do-and-mend workshop was also open, set against a backdrop of classic music from the Blitz and a dance performance from Burlesque artist Kitty Ribbons.