During the Vietnam War, three soldiers are escorting an old school bus carrying a group of missionaries. Completely surrounded by enemy soldiers, the heroes have a unique chance: make the vehicle reach an old military base, where they can call the rescue.
After looking at the site of some of the heaviest fighting on December 26, 1776, the group traveled down to the banks of the Assunpink Creek. There we learned about the intervening time between December 26, 1776 and January 2, 1777 and the Battle of Assunpink Creek that occurred on that day. After looking at a statue to George Washington, we went and saw the house Washington held a council of war in and made one of the boldest decisions of the war: to disengage the British and make an overnight 12 mile march to strike the British rearguard at Princeton.
On Sunday, the day was cool and clear. We traveled to Princeton Battlefield State Park. Here we learned about the meeting engagement that occurred on the morning of January 3, 1777. We learned how Washington rallied his breaking troops and led a charge against the British regulars. Following in the footsteps of the patriots from 1777, we walked across the field they did and saw the Mercer oak and learned of the brutal hand to hand combat that occurred in that area. We then walked to the site of a mass grave of British and American troops and listened to how the battle and campaign ended.
Afterwards we were treated to a look inside the Thomas Clarke House, where General Hugh Mercer died, and then traveled to our final stop. At the Princeton Battle Monument, we closed out the tour focusing on how the campaign has been remembered over the years and the importance of keeping those memories alive for future generations.
The tour was an outstanding success with many positive reactions and many signups for next year. Next year we are planning a tour of Monmouth battlefield and Valley Forge. Emerging Revolutionary War loves connecting the stories from history to the places where they occurred. If you would like to have a fun, engaging, and unique experience learning about the Revolutionary War, sign up today, as we expect it will sell out again!
Fortnite has had a variety of different vehicles players can drive or pilot over the past few years. Since first introducing drivable cars during Chapter 2 Season 3, the battle royale has gone on to offer a number of different rides for players to make use of. Now, with Chapter 3 Season 2, a familiar vehicle becomes available: the Armored Battle Bus.
Epic Games' popular free-to-play title began its second season of its Chapter 3 earlier this week. The conflict between the sinister IO organization and The Foundation's Resistance has grown into an all-out land war, with IO completely removing the building mechanic from Fortnite. The removal of building has caused a serious divide between Fortnite fans, and according to a new leak, the No Building mode could become permanent.
With Fortnite's story this season, the island has become an all-out battlefield. With this battlefield comes new, armored vehicles like the Armored Battle Bus. Following players' successful funding of the beefed-up version of the iconic vehicle with enough Gold Bars, players can now get their hands on one in a couple of different locations.
The first location of Fortnite's Armored Battle Bus is in Synapse Station, a new POI located in the southern desert region of the island. The second Armored Battle Bus can be found in the central area of The Sanctuary.
As players will notice, all of Fortnite's Armored Battle Bus locations can only be found in Resistance-controlled locations. This is demarcated by the blue and red lines seen on Season 2's map, with blue indicating Resistance control, and the red-outlined areas held by IO forces. Players will notice that in addition to the Armored Battle Bus, blue areas contain Resistance-specific weaponry, like the Striker Burst Rifle and Combat SMG.
With the Resistance's Armored Battle Bus now fully funded, there is now a vehicle able to stand up to the IO's new Titan Tanks. Able to barrel through just about any obstacle, the IO Titan Tanks are also extremely powerful, equipped with a cannon and a machine gun turret operable by a second player.
The addition of Fortnite's Armored Battle Bus should be a hit with players, with the famous vehicle finally becoming a useable vehicle in-game. While there are currently just two locations, both POIs are where one of this season's Mythic weapons, the Storm Scout Sniper Rifle can be found, giving teams a potentially game-winning edge before boarding the new bus.
The buses were painted khaki and modified. Some were converted into lorries, others served as ambulances or even mobile pigeon lofts. Most were fitted with protective boarding and used for transporting troops to the front lines.
Still in its khaki livery, B2737 served as a Traffic Emergency Bus. These buses supplemented theregular services and helped to reduce overcrowding on the busier routes. B2737 was withdrawn from London service in 1922.
Each year we recruited an apprentice who worked with different groups of volunteers to investigate new perspectives related to the Battle Bus. We aimed to bring to life the stories of those most affected by the war, and the role of transport within it. Browse by each year below to find out more about our activities, exhibitions and research.
We worked with three teams of volunteers; a research team, an exhibition team and an outreach team. The participants produced a Battle Bus exhibition, hanging installation and a short film to engage audiences and to mark the centenary of the First World War.
With assistance from the project artist, they created drawings for the hanging installation which was inspired by postcards and embroider flowers. This installation is called Forget Me Not and is on display at the Museum above Battle Bus in the main gallery.
This project was led by the Battle Bus Apprentice (2018-2019). Nine young volunteers worked alongside a filmmaker and museum staff to produce an original film concepts which created two short films about the story of Battle Bus and remembering transport workers who joined the War effort.
The volunteers met once a week for three months to research, create and develop their skills in storyboarding, editing, Battle Bus and remembrance. The volunteers visited museums to learn about the First World War and the different ways to remember.
In 2017, we explored how people on the Home Front were affected by the First World War. Working with a group of primary school students, we created two temporary touring exhibitions. We worked with these primary schools as they both had links to B-type buses as the local garages were used for the War effort.
Responding to a different theme each day the volunteers designed and produced their own screen prints and developed original designs for a screen print activity. The outreach volunteers successfully delivered their activity at exhibition launch events at London Transport Museum, Lancasterian Primary School and Lyndhurst Primary School.
In 2016, we focused on the area of Tottenham, looking at the stories of local young men who signed up to fight and the events of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Three teams of young volunteers co-curated an exhibition From Tottenham to the trenches. It was displayed at Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham from October 2016.
Ten research volunteers were tasked with uncovering First World War stories linked to the events of 1916, the B-type bus, and Tottenham. They worked alongside museum professionals and First World War experts, delved into archives and participated in field trips to gather information for the exhibition.
The research was passed on to eight Year 9 students at Northumberland Park Community School. Working with a filmmaker and using shadow puppets, drama and photography the students produced images and a short film for the exhibition (video on the left below).
The students were also taken on a bespoke three-day tour of battlefields in Belgium and France. They visited sites that had links to Tottenham and the buses, and they learnt more about the Battle of the Somme and the Western Front. A film made for the exhibition documented their experience (on the right below).
The stories contributed to a final exhibition A Driving Force: 100 years of women in transport. In the Summer and Autumn of 2015, the exhibition toured cultural and community venues throughout London.
We worked with two groups of young people (18-25) to create family activities for two public events. The first was held at The Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich Arsenal, in May. The second, was at Westbourne Park bus garage Open Day in October. Led by the Battle Bus apprentice (2015-2016), the groups researched information about the history of the bus and the role of women in transport during the First World War to create their family activity.
In Afghanistan: The Last War Bus, Mark Gregory plays Johnny Hondo, a one-man army trying to get out of the hot-zone. Along the way he helps an Afghani orphan, builds an armored (short) school bus, and creates dozens of new Russian orphans. Truthfully, it isn't quite as fun as it looks. Slow pacing and a shortage of pyrotechnics make for a lengthy hour and a half. John Vernon drops by for a cup of coffee. Inexplicably, his magnificent voice was dubbed over - in English! The only reason I can imagine is that his booming manliness made the rest of the cast look like a bunch of sissies by comparison. No one really needs this on their watch list. For better examples of Gregory or Vernon, try The Bronx Warriors and Animal House.
Titled as War Bus Commando on Amazon Prime. The transfer is awful, probably from VHS, less than standard definition and 4:3 aspect ratio, which is fitting for this trashy film. The enjoy-ability wears off fast. 2b1af7f3a8