Manor 'battle' fools officers.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor transformed from a 17th-century stately home into an occupied French Chateau in Normandy during 1944, with two days of soldiers, songs, shellfire and swing.
But the fake reproductions of wartime battles involving mortars, bazookas and Bangalore torpedoes used to clear any obstructions were so loud and realistic armed police showed up with sirens blaring and had to be sent back on their way, the organisers said.
Falklands veteran Simon Weston opened the World War II extravaganza and said: "This is exactly the type of occasion this country needs to lift it out of the doom and gloom of everyday life at present."
The event raised funds for the charity Help for Heroes.