Reenacting WWII has come a long way since its origins in 1975. Back then, it wasn't "cool" to cut your hair short or even to wear military uniforms. However, there were groups of guys who wanted to understand what it was actually like, to really be in WWII. They rejected the "Hogan's Heroes" view of the war -- instead, doing research, interviewing veteran's -- it was a hard row to hoe and there were many pitfalls and false starts.
Now, almost 30 years later, WWII is going well and strong, gaining momentum every event. Unlike Civil War or Rev War, WWII is not done for the crowds, so there isn't this "built-in" base of people who know about it, AND... we have to pay our own way, we don't get free food, ammo and t-shirts nor are we paid to come to events -- there is no large spectator base to pay for this. We have to pay our own way, but then again, we are free to do it OUR way!
Now THIS is a great WWII Video! Sure you don't wanna, maybe do WWII? (If you've got a great WWII reenactment video you've done, why not let us know... YouTube... a great resource for all of us!)
If you grew up on shows like Combat or Rat Patrol., maybe this is for you. If you sometimes look through the motorcycle classifieds to see if there are any WWII era Harley Davidson's or Indian bikes... maybe this is for you. If you watched movies like A Bridge Too Far or The Longest Day or Where Eagles Dare, then perhaps WWII Reenacting is for you... If you liked Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan... well, you get it. WWII is something other time periods aren't and it's well worth checking it out.
Reenactment photo of the midwest LSSAH
(the REAL and original LSSAH unit in reenacting vs. one of the pale copies...).
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The "Morsels of Authenticity" page is going along, but still have little on Allied articles -- you'd think there were no Allied units that have newsletters or write anything on their impression. So, right now it consists of German articles, but we hope to have some other good ones soon. Especially on the Soviet Front. Also, the WWII Articles stuff has been separated into a new page, also appearing in the menu bar!
If you find a problem in this time/area or would like your unit listed please feel free to e-mail the WW2 T/A webmasters: Harry Coombs, Rob Haught or Tom Planinshek.
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