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Time Periods => WWII => Axis Area => Topic started by: Flakpanzer4 on June 02, 2007, 05:10:45 PM
The son and I decided we would like to start reeanacting after visiting the world's largest WWII show in Reading, PA. Any ways or stories of how you can get started in reeanacting and any websites is greatly appreciated. He sort of fell in love with the German encampments so we were thinking we would get our start on the Axis frontier.
Browsing the internet one day, stumbled on it by accident. Took me near a year to actually get involved.
i was in bayeax france a few days before the 60 aniversary......i saw a few ss troops......i thought it would fun to reenact..........a few weeks later after i got back to the US i joined a unit
I did a search on the internet after thinking about going back to reenacting. I relooked at ACW but then typed WWII. I checked the links and the units who had members in my area.
Three good sites to look at are:
http://www.reenactor.net/main_htmls/ww2.html (http://www.reenactor.net/main_htmls/ww2.html) (Just for you Marsh ;D)
Depends on the Axis impression as well. Heer, LW/LW FD, Waffen-SS, KM or some newer ones like Hungarian and Romanian. Also look at if the unit is family friendly since it will be you and your son.
(Just for you Marsh ;D)I'd have preferred a slightly different order to that listing...
I got started in reenacting by doing OpFor... we dressed up as Soviets and carried Sov weps and stuff -- this was back inthe old days before the Wall fell. Actually, we were inthe woods at an event, doing Soviet, when the Wall fell... it was pretty sureal. There, I had met a bunch of people who did diff time periods. I starte din WWI, resisted WWII for a coupla years until it called me home and voila! that was that.
It was a date, I had to pass muster of all her "little brothers" .... I passed and in fact got maried to her and still reenact.
I was collecting WWII Weapons and Military gear when I came across it searching for M1 Garand parts and info about 7 years ago. If it wasn't for the internet I wouldn't have much of anything pertaining to my collecting hobby.
I was literally born into the hobby in 1973. My parents took me to my first event (American Revolution) as a camp follower when I was six months old. I followed them around in both Rev War and American Civil War until I turned 8 and learned to play the drum for both impressions. At 14, I was allowed to carry a musket in Rev War (still played the drum at some events) and at 16 I shouldered a musket for ACW. That branched into OpFor as Soviet Airborne while I was in high school against different Army units while still doing the other two periods.
I went to college and joined the Marine Corps which slowed my reenacting down a little but continued doing ACW. It wasn't until I was stationed in VA in 2000 that I joined WWII reenacting. I had always been interested and had most of the gear for both US and German but had never gotten involved. While shopping at Peterson's in VA (when his shop was still there) I ran into guys from 11th Pz and that pushed me over the edge to come to an event. Since then, I have been an active member except when I deploy and have become the field commander of the unit (again, only when I am not deployed).
Different impressions I reenact/portray:
Rev War - Colonial Light Infantry
Mexican War- US Marine
ACW- US Volunteer, 4th NC Inf
Spanish American War- US Marine Officer and Enlisted
WWII- US Marine, US Army, Heer Officer and enlisted (11th Pz), Soviet (150th rifles)
Opfor- Soviet VDV (current security limits the units willing to use civilians as OpFor anymore)
I got started back in 99 when I was scale modelling. I was looking for german camoflauge patterns for tanks when I came across Drew Zigo's website. I was dumbfounded that people actually did this. While I was looking around his site, I found his links page and went to An der Front (Rollin's old website name) and found a unit's page. I sent 3 requests to different units and I went with one of them. I haven't looked back since.
Actually started out doing online gaming with a gamed called Air Warrior. Flew as a Luftwaffe unit. Had always wanted to do ACW but didn't know who to contact. Did a search online out of the blue for German reenacting untis and found a couple of units located in LA and TX. Sent an email. Got a reply back. My first event was a Living History day here in New Orleans at the National WW2 Museum. Was loaned some gear that was a size too big. I looked pretty farby so I decided to break out the old credit card and began shopping. Forgot to tell the misses though.. OUCH!
And that was it!
If by getting started in ww2 reenacting, it was a VERY long haul. I got started in ACW back in '89 just in time to catch the tail end of the 125th series. Needless to say I was blown away by it all! My Federal NYS volunteer impression expanded to Berdans SS with full regalia a few years later just to get a bit more into it. I returned to school, my participation at events suffered some for it, and I received my BA in linguistics. I decided at that point to reenact something considerably older or more contemporary than ACW, and a definite non English speaking one at that. I settled on a German ww1 impression and have been doing that at Newville for several years.I stumbled across a somewhat local ww2 Heer unit who had the same approach to their impression that my ww1 unit had and it was intriguing! I put together gear, k98 and a uniform and have had a great time this year portraying Heer infantry!
As I mentioned, its been a long haul to get there, but German WKI and II is the bomb!
Got started back in 1986 when I got out of high school. Friend of mine at the time got me interested in the 28th SS, so I figured I'd give it a try. Got out when I got married, and just here recently got back into it now that my son is off to college. Got to have something to help occupy the time now that he's started off on his life and all that good stuff.
I settled on a German ww1 impression and have been doing that at Newville for several years. I stumbled across a somewhat local ww2 Heer unit who had the same approach to their impression that my ww1 unit had and it was intriguing! I put together gear, k98 and a uniform and have had a great time this year portraying Heer infantry!What 1wk unit?? :)
As I mentioned, its been a long haul to get there, but German WKI and II is the bomb!
It was preordained. I got a job in high school working at the local museum. My world history teacher happened to be the president of the museum board. At a weekend event, there were two lonely CW reenactors recruiting for the 5th Texas unit. I went to a small event in Ohio, and was hooked. Ended up working for Jeff (one of the recruiters) for 4 years recreating CW uniforms. Since then, I've done Rev, F&I, and SCA. Seems to be a regressive trend there. Before long I'll just be wearing animal skins doing a cro-magnon man impression.
If you want to split hairs, I started when I was 8... fashion my own MP-40 out of wood in the garage and battled my 2 buddies in the neighborhood woods out back! I started back in 1996 with this hobby though... although the year before that, a couple soon-to-be-friends came in with an HRS poster and put it up in the gun shop I was working at in Indy at the time. I didn't see it right away, but the "why read about history when you can relive it?" slogan really got me. Good marketing, HRS! They tried to recruit me into the LAH after I called them, but I couldn't join right away anyway (had to work weekends). So I waited a year, called them again, and was soon off to my first event at North Vernon, IN :)
It was a fraked-up way to start though: the two guys in question had recently left LAH for interpersonal reasons, and were sorta free-lancing it, but were wearing Totenkopf insignia. Right after my first event though, they dropped out of the hobby for a bit, leaving me to tag along with the 2.SS part-timers from Indy, and joined the TSG. But by the Gap 1997, I'd talked to Barry Anderson (now CO of "Norge"/11.SS in OH) about forming a unit: the result was 5.SS "Wiking". We soon hammered out the Pionier thing, and chose to make it 2./SS-Panzer-Pionier Battalion 5 specifically. Then I went to work for Rollin (At the Front) in 1998 in Louisville, and the Fallschirmjaeger bug bit me.... something I would have rather started off with anyway. Barry went on to quit too to start his "Norge" unit, and left "Wiking" to Alan Miltich.
Working for a big vendor like that helped immensely.... I soon found myself in a GI impression (leg), and got together a Polish Para Brigade kit and ran with the guys out of Chicago in 1999. Also in 1999, I fell into WW1, and hooked up with a couple friends that were already in IR.111 (Baden). Had to sell both the Polish & WW1 kits.... damn shame, as I really do miss them, especially the Great War kit & the trenches at Newville (natuerlich!). I also put together a Heer officer impression for when I ran Rensselaer, IN battles... just because I took the advice of a couple friends: unit commanders indeed tend to listen better to someone wearing a lot of rank! Otherwise, no reason to be an officer for me, unless I actually had a unit with platoon or better strength. Oh yeah... don't forget the Finnish "Winter War"! Got the M36 uniform for that, and we did that a couple times at Rensselaer. Good, cold times.
Nowadays I have Fallschirmjaeger (FJR.19), Soviet infantry (early, 95th Rifles), and GI infantry (early & late, 2nd Division). I have a Heer M36 & M42 tunics, so I could throw that together too... wanted to do 1940 battles, but not for now. Working on that civilian thing soon... JOIN ME! One of these days, I'd love to get back in the trenches, and who knows, maybe even Roman too. At the moment though, I gotta lose weight before I get back into a uniform... just a pet peeve of mine that I won't break.
Also in 1999, I fell into WW1, and hooked up with a couple friends that were already in IR.111 (Baden). Had to sell both the Polish & WW1 kits.... damn shame, as I really do miss them, especially the Great War kit & the trenches at Newville (natuerlich!).Phil, come back, come back to the light... 1./IR23, you rnew home (http://www.ir23.org/). We can talk Rome later....
One of these days, I'd love to get back in the trenches, and who knows, maybe even Roman too. At the moment though, I gotta lose weight before I get back into a uniform... just a pet peeve of mine that I won't break.
I have always been fascinated by the war. I thought the "cool factor" for the German uniforms and equipment made it the most appealing. When I was a kid I would come home from school, watch Tom and Jerry, and read through the Time Life series on WWII my grandfather had. I did this every day for years.
In my teens I started to collect Mausers, in college, I started collecting weapons from all sides of the war, but still mostly Mausers.
About 12 years ago I was at a gun show and a guy with a "T" shirt with a Panther tank on it walked by me. I said nice shirt. He stopped to talk and I found that he was a WWII reenactor. I was hooked on the spot. He became my first Sgt and now my unit commander.
I was 5 when Star Wars came out and knew then that the weapons the Imperial Storm Troopers carried were mostly German weapons. I guess there was no other outcome.
We have since moved on to ad a partisan impression and now an NVA impression is in the works.
Yeah, my dad wasn't that thrilled when I made Heer insignia out of paper and stapled them to his old Marine fatigues! ;D By the time I was 12 or so, I'd perfected my own "BeVo" method, using cloth instead and super-fine Sharpie.... oh yeah, stylin'.
Imperial Stormtroopers used a mix of WW2 weapons... most carried the shorter blasters that were mocked-up Sten guns that fired short mags of blanks (Lucas wanted the trooper extras to look like they were actually firing something, without a bunch of acting training). MG-34's sans belt or bipod were used for the long guns.... the desert troopers used Lewis guns without the pancake magazine. Not even sure if the newer "Republic" clone troopers used any derivative of WW2 weapons... of course, they were all done in CGI, so they didn't even have to build one set of armor!
Yeah, I'm a geek. But I'm in good company :P
And Marsh, might have to take you up on that offer someday when I get back into it. I gots a late-1930's sedan to buy first!
I wandered into a small militaria shop in San Diego back in 1987 and came across a flyer for a local reenactment group representng the Herman Goring Panzer Division. (Kids, this is how we did it before the internet.) I went to an event with all loaner gear, and I've been hooked ever since. Of course, helmets (original ones!) cost $50 back then, and a k98 cost about $100, and Ed Walton still worked for the IRS. :laugh:
Work and family commitments have conspired to keep me very inactive, but I hope that will change someday.
Back in late 1999, I was desperately bored at the office and thought I needed a hobby. Having just purchased Laurent Mirouze's WW1 Infantry in Colour Photographs, and always having had a major interest in military uniforms, I thought I'd just collect WW1 German uniforms and militaria. A quick Google search came up with Great War Militaria's website, which had links to the Great War Association and various reenacting units. That night, I went home and sheepishly told my wife all about this really interesting hobby that I hadn't known anything about before, and how it might be . . . uhm. . . fun to find out more about, you know, if you don't mind. . . dear. She knew at that moment that she had lost me to the Hobby forever.
Anyway, went to my first WW1 event with IR63 in 2000. Three years later, after getting to know more people in other parts of the Hobby, I started doing WW2; first with 12. Komp. 2 SS, then when I got tired of humping mortars all over creation, I joined up with IR104 with a 1939/40 Heer impression. Now that I've got the bug, I've also put together a complete 1939 Polish impression, and am working on 1940 BEF and 1942 Romanian. Heaven help me, I can't stop getting new stuff for new impressions!
I started when I was fifteen in ACW. My uncle got me into it. I did that for about five or six years, then took a few years off. The interest in WWII started when I was 17, a few guys in the ACW were doing airborne, but my mom told me that under absolutely no circumstances was I to do WWII, Civil War was enough. The bug bit me again about a year and a half ago. At the time I was starting back up in ACW, only this time as a civilian. I was beginning to get frustrated with the idea of either pay $300 bucks for accurate clothing or killing myself with research to make an outfit that was "up to par." 20th century stuff seemed a lot better cause you could get pretty accurate gear for about the same price I was going to pay for a shirt or a hat in ACW, especially doing Red Army.
Other than that, I collect a lot of Great War stuff with the hopes of doing that someday. Haven't decided on an impression, but I collect a lot of doughboy stuff. I've been researching Ancient stuff (Rome, Gaul) since high school, just couldn't justify the money for an impression I would rarely use. So, yeah, Phil, if you're interested in Ancient Rome, drop me a line sometime.
Adam, where do you live? Wanna do WWI now? ;D
Marsh, I live in Indiana, and, yeah, I'd love to. Time and money are about the only things stopping me. That's the main reason I decided to focus on collecting and WWII living history.
I started in 1987 I have been into WWII as my dad was a WWII vet. My first love is infantry so I started in the Big Red One 1st ID and still to this day this as my primary gig ( were going to Torrance this weekend) I also do 9th SS and we have found that sometime were needed as Germans to even out the sides so we cross dress. Its not just me but we have 10 in our unit and we all have dual impressions.
I was working at the local grocery store(not wal-mart) here in good ol' Hillsboro, Texas when two guys in M43 caps came through my cashier line. They were buying hotdogs and buns, I asked them about the caps and they said they were reenactors. Then they left. About a year later, I met a guy who is now a very good friend of the family who runs a music museum here in town(I'm not advertising, this actually ties into how I met my Oberfeldwebel). A few months later, over a few beers, we got into a conversation about World War 2 and he said I should meet his buddy who reenacts in a German unit. I kept trying to get ahold of this guy and when I did, I started to tell him about the encounter with the guys in the grocery and he finished the rest of my story. I signed up with the 5th Gebirgsjager here in Texas in 2008 in March. I never played soldier as a kid, so now I'm attempting to make up for lost time. ;D