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2016 – A Retrospective

2016 - A Retrospective

  This is a month late, but better late than never. The following is a quick summary of events we attended last year: Our first event of the year was at Fort Indiantown Gap for the annual Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, sponsored by the WWII Historical Association. We take part in the Axis hospital […]

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Events – January – May 2017

  Below are the events on which we currently have information. More to follow. January 2017 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 25- 29. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: http://www.wwiiha.org/new/index.php/fig February 2017 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 18,  Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. regardless of the weather as usual. They still have […]

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Upcoming 2015 Events – January through April

The following is what I have so far for our general region. Some events have not yet released their 2015 event information. Check back for updates and additions. January 2015 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 27 – February 1. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: http://www.wwiifederation.org February 2015 Civil War – February 20-22, […]

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday in Connecticut! Part II

Here is an update on the ongoing situation in Connecticut from our friend on the scene:   Hello All: Things look very gloomy here in Connecticut. Monday afternoon the Governor and his party just released their bill to punish gun owners in this state for the crimes of an evil man. They have mercilessly exploited […]

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Gun Control III – Mayday, Mayday, Mayday from Connecticut

 We got this in today via another of the Reenactor Yahoo! groups:   A call to arms for all re-enactors. We are all being affected by the tragic event at Sands Hook. Unfortunately for WW2 and other Re-enactment here in Connecticut our future looks dim. The governor is overriding the Gun Task Force recommendations and […]

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Reenacting and Gun Control II

  I picked this up from a reenactor list the other day.  The author wishes to remain anonymous, but he has some pretty interesting things to say and helpful hints regardless of your impression: We had a meeting here in (New England) yesterday for area reenactors and unit commanders, it was a positive and productive […]

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2012 – A Retrospective

2012 - A Retrospective

2012 has been an interesting year, with more than its share of ups and downs, to be sure. As some of you know, I have had some personal bumps in the road, including some unpleasant health problems, which have affected my ability to get out to events as well as mind this blog as much […]

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Gun Laws and Reenacting

If you have read this blog for a while, you are aware that we steer clear of modern politics. In fact, that is our policy. There is usually plenty of other venues venting their spleen on political topics. However, gun ownership is one issue that is inextricably tied to our hobby, particularly so for the […]

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Gap – 2012

Gap - 2012

  Another January, another Gap. It is always one of the few things to look forward to during the deep winter… not that this has been much of a winter. Friday, I ran into a little falling snow on the way, but that quickly dissipated. The skies on Saturday were mostly clear and while walking […]

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Events for the New Year

As we enter a new year, let’s take a look at some of the upcoming events for the next couple of months: January 2012 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 25 – 29. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: http://www.wwiifederation.org/index.html February 2012 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 25, 2012, Old Bedford Village, Bedford, […]

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Reading Airshow 2010

Reading Airshow 2010

Another June, another Reading! For any readers who don’t know, Reading Airshow is the largest gathering of WWII reenactors and enthusiasts on the east coast, with the possible exception of  the Gap. There is no other gathering of this many WWII aircraft in one place, of which I am aware. The 193rd Rifle Division has […]

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Reenacting Podcasts – Something New

We received this today from Alena and Stephen Shumway and thought it might be of general interest to our readers: If you would not mind posting this, we’d appreciate it. Living History, the podcast for the reenacting community is looking for feedback. We started producing a podcast (otherwise known as an internet radio show) for […]

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Reb and Yank Go to Court – Sue-val War?

Apparently a couple of Virginia reenactors at last year’s reenactment of the Battle of Stannardsville took things just a bit too far and ended up in court. According to AccessAtlanta: “The men were playing cavalry officers in a re-enactment of the Battle of Stanardsville. The Confederate re-enactor claims his Union counterpart knocked his hat off. […]

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Reenactor Cannon Stolen

Here is a recent post off the Red Army list: Please keep your eyes, and ears open! Slightly off topic but a reenacting unit’s canon and all its equipment was stolen recently in Michigan. If everyone in the reenacting “community” could keep their eye out, it might be helpful. Spread the word to members of […]

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Happy New Year!

Thanks to  our readers for all your comments and contributions over the past year. 2009 was an up and down year for history enthusiasts. The country’s economic woes hit the reenacting community and made it difficult for quite a few to take part in the hobby to the extent they would like. We won a […]

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A Reenactor’s Christmas List – Cyber Monday Deals

A Reenactor's Christmas List - Cyber Monday Deals

If you are looking for something to buy a reenactor or you’re wanting to offer suggestions to people who may be buying for you, we thought we’d point you to some deals we’ve seen online for Cyber Monday.

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Victory at Old Bedford Village – Report from the Front Lines

The following is an email that we received from Roger Kirwin, the director of Old Bedford Village regarding the efforts to save the Village over the past few months.The Reenactor Post is proud to be a supporter of OBV and we salute them on their success in keeping the doors open! Dear Jim, Good to […]

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Restaurant Review By Bill Donegan

Restaurant Review By Bill Donegan

I had a wonderful time at “The Alpen Hof German Restaurant” on Saturday night June 6, 2009. The Alpen Hof is located on Morgantown Road in Reading, Pa. It is only three miles from the Mid Atlantic Air Museum. The occasion for my being there was that our German reenacting unit “The Kaiserlautern Volks Sturm” […]

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Guided Schizophrenia

Here is a nifty little tool for living historians, contributed by Nick Korolev: GUIDED SCHIZOPHRENIA FOR WWII LIVING HISTORIANS This little guide has been adapted from one used at Camp Verde AZ for Indian Wars personas for those who wish to join or already are in the world of WWII living historians. To do things […]

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WWII Living History – Brownsville Steam and Gas Assn.

WWII Living History - Brownsville Steam and Gas Assn.

This past weekend was National Road Festival weekend for the communities along Rt. 40 in Pennsylvania. I fell in with the local 28th Infantry Co. K for a living history encampment as part of the festival. We set up at the Brownsville Steam and Gas Association’s fairgrounds located 4 miles west of Brownsville, PA. There […]

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Memo From a Timeline Event Coordinator

Our staff received this intercepted memo from a source who shall remain anonymous: Dear Reenactor, Living Historian, Living Historical Reenactor, We have received your registration for our 7th annual “Timelines Through The Ages and Ages” event, and your letter of complaint. We do not refer to our Revolutionary War reenactors as “cross-dressers”.  There is a lace issue, but […]

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Gallery: WWII Living History & Reenacting

Gallery: WWII Living History & Reenacting

Various and sundry pictures from reenactments and living history events.

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McCormick Museum seeks WWII / 1950s womens baseball reenactors for demonstration game at June 2009 event Share

I got this from Stacy Roth-Niemiec. Sounds interesting: Hi everyone Im looking for two teams who reenact the All American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s and 50s. We would like to host a demonstration baseball game here in June. I am having no luck finding teams and so am reaching out quite broadly. […]

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Civil War reenactment causing division

From Appleton, Wisconsin,(Courtesy of  WLUK-TV Channel 11) March 12, 2009: Reporter: Evan Perrault APPLETON – It’s a war that divided the nation, now it seems to be dividing parents and administrators in the Appleton School District. “Hopefully we can get people to change their minds,” said Theresa Kersten. “This is 20 minutes of a living […]

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Hitler rants about Allied Reenactors

Probably a lot of you have seen this on Youtube, but it is still funny (to reenactors especially!). Hitler rants about Allied Reenactors By the way, this clip is from a great movie called “Downfall,” which is about Hitler’s last days and was released in Germany a few years ago amid much controversy. Available from […]

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Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Civil War reenactors living history

Civil War reenactors received some coverage in the Parkersburg newspaper on Thursday: Civil War reenactors living history By PAMELA BRUST, pbrust@newsandsentinel.com POSTED: March 5, 2009 PARKERSBURG – Although many are already ardent students of Civil War history, reenactors say they continue to learn new things everyday, and that, combined with the camaraderie among their fellow […]

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Winter War – Newville February 2009

Winter War - Newville February 2009

Last weekend, I once again braved the cold and journeyed to Newville, PA to the Great War Association site for the annual Winter battle to crush the fascist invaders of the Motherland. This is a regular event between the 193rd Rifle Division of the Worker’s and Peasant’s Red Army and Grossdeutschland Division. I’m not sure […]

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Civil War Reenactor Faces Felony Aggravated Assault Charges in MD

This was posted yesterday in The Evening Sun newspaper. Seems a little extreme for a situation that sounds like a bad joke that got out of hand.  What do you think? Here’s what happened according to the story: from Felony charges refiled in re-enactor shooting By KATHARINE HARMON, The Evening Sun, 02/25/2009 On Aug. 3,The […]

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Book Review: War Games

About ten years ago, I read Tony Horowitz’s book, “Confederates in the Attic.” I remember it that at the time, some CW reenactors were upset at the book because they felt it made them look eccentric and a little silly. I didn’t think it was all that bad. After all, I know that I am […]

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FIG weekend – 2009

Well, I finally made it to Fort Indiantown Gap for the Battle of the Bulge weekend. Its hard to believe that, after all these years of reenacting, I hadn’t been there before, but driving long distances in snow isn’t one of my favorite things, either. Bill and Linda Donegan generously offered to let me ride […]

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Amazing Blend of Soviet WWII Historical Photos and Modern Day images

I came across these photos today on Warren Ellis’s blog (warrenellis.com) and was blown away.  I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but these images are especially powerful.  Ellis says that a fellow named Sergei Larenkov took old WW2 era photographs, went where they were originally shot – exactly – and then took a […]

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28th Infantry Unit Meeting

28th Infantry Unit Meeting

On Sunday, January 11, I ventured out in the snow to the Pittsburgh area for a winter meeting of the 28th Infantry Division, 110th Infantry Reg. Company K. The primary focus of the meeting was to map out the schedule for the coming year. An agenda covering events from April through December, 2009 was mapped […]

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Movie Review: Valkryie

Alright, I went to Valkryie. I did so with some trepidation mostly due to the casting of Tom Cruise as Claus Von Stauffenberg. Also, I generally expect Hollywood to screw up historical subjects, so I was doubtful about this one. Oddly enough, I found that I actually enjoyed it.

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WWII Reenactor Shot and Killed by Seattle Police

I saw a reprint of this article in today’s local paper and looked it up on the The Seattle Times online. This was obviously a tragic occurrence for all involved. I felt this would be of interest to everyone who reads this blog. Police kill man dressed as German soldier in U-District Seattle police shot […]

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In Winter Quarters – Getting Your Kit Ready for Spring

Okay, the holidays are over and winter yawns before us. What to do with all that time? Freeze your butt off outside? Not me. After you repair your tent loops and replace the glass in that candle lantern, how about working on improving your impression before spring gets here? I submit for your consideration, a […]

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Review: The Battle of Shaker Heights

I recently rented a movie titled “The Battle of Shaker Heights” which I had heard was about reenactors.  As most of us know, movie companies use reenactors in their productions, but actually making movies which feature reenacting as part of the plot is a fairly recent development. So, I was curious to see what this […]

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Skirmish Magazine

Skirmish Magazine

Many of you may be familiar with the British living history publication Skirmish magazine. For those who are not, I would like to recommend it as an interesting alternative to your usual reenactor literature. I recently started getting it and have been impressed with the quality. How I got to this point, however is a […]

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Why You (We) Do This III

In the last series of posts on this subject, one of our contributors mentioned the occasionally heard complaint that reenactors glorify war. Probably most folks in the hobby regard this as being unfair and misguided and slough it off as a as another example of ignorance on the part of the general public. This is […]

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Why Do You (We) Do This?

Much thanks to Randy, Misha and Chuck for some great comments and thought-provoking observations. My own personal path to living history probably dates back to reading Bruce Catton’s marvelous trilogy about the Union Army of the Potomac back in the seventies. (Mr. Lincoln’s Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomattox)* I think it was […]

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Why Do We Do This?

This week, on the eve of the Droop Mountain reenactment, I want to start a discussion about the value of reenacting and living history. Why do we do this? This is a question that usually pops into your head when the wind has just blown over your tent fly and everything you own is wet. […]

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Living History Pictures – Group I

Living History Pictures - Group I

Our first collection of images. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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