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D-Day Reenactment, Conneaut Ohio 2019

D-Day Reenactment, Conneaut Ohio 2019

D-Day Reenactment 2019 We have been less active this summer due to my wife having her arm broken when our new neighbor’s large dog attacked her. She was finally up to making it out to an event in August albeit with her arm in a sling. So, we journeyed up to Ohio for the reenactment […]

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This Year’s Coming Events

Here is what we have so far: January 2019 WWI – Jan 11-13, 2019: “The Calm Before the Storm”(Hosted by FR 90 (German). Time period: Winter 1917-18. Event held at the Caesar Krauss Great War Memorial Site, Newville, PA. http://www.greatwarassociation.com/Schedule.html

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Brownsville Steam Show 2018

Brownsville Steam Show 2018

On the weekend August 11-12, 2018, we and other members of the 28th Infantry, Co. K (reenacted) , set up a WWII living history camp at the National Pike Steam,Gas and Horse Association show at the Association’s property off Rt. 40 outside of Brownsville, PA.

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Remagen Event 2018

Remagen Event 2018

On the weekend f August 4-5, we took part in the WWII reenactment of the taking of the Ludendorff Bridge, recalled in Ken Hechler’s book, “The Bridge at Remagen,” which was in early March 1945. It was one of two remaining bridges across the river Rhine in Germany when it was captured during the Battle of Remagen by United States Army forces during […]

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Initial 2018 Calendar of events

Here is what we have so far for the coming year through April. January 2018 WWI – Jan 12-14, 2018: “Bathelémont: Baptism of Fire”(Hosted by FR 90 (German) and the 18th RI (French)). Time period: November 1917. Event held at the Caesar Krauss Great War Memorial Site, Newville, PA. http://www.greatwarassociation.com/Schedule.html WWII – Battle of the […]

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GAP – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment 2017

GAP - Battle of the Bulge Reenactment 2017

  This annual reenactment/living history event was held from January 25 through the 28th at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. As usual, it was a great opportunity to see some outstanding impressions, visit with old friends and shop at the many vendors who came to sell their wares at the event. As usual, we assisted at […]

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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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Reading Airshow June 2-5, 2016

Reading Airshow June 2-5, 2016

     This year’s Reading event was blessed with reasonably good weather for the first couple of days. The third was another story – more on that later. The 193rd was again out in the farthest reaches of the airport grounds, with a US group largely hiding us from view, but we still got a good […]

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Fort Indiantown Gap 2016

This year, The Battle of the Bulge Reenactment was held from January 27-31. On the way up on Friday, we had a harrowing drive through a white-out in western Maryland and, having been in one fender-bender already this winter, the thought of turning around and going home did cross my mind. But we toughed it […]

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2016 Events

The following is starter calendar for the 2016 Reenacting season. More to follow. January 2016 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 27 – 31. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: http://www.wwiiha.org/new/index.php/fig February 2016 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 27,  Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. regardless of the weather as usual. They still have […]

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FIG 2015

Occuring as usual during the last week of January,  this year’s FIG event was a particularly cold one. Once again, Linda and I joined the folks at the German hospital to assist with the living history.  I am not sure what the standing temperatures were for the weekend, but the wind chill was impressive.  To […]

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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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Reading Airshow 2014

The following is part of a group of reports that are regretably late due to several months of intermittent illness and other projects which demanded my attention. Anyway, here goes: On the first week of June, we made our annual trip to the Reading Airshow. The 193rd was once again as far back in the […]

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MTA 2014

For a change of pace for me this year, Linda and I attended MTA at the Jamestown Settlement as mere tourists, rather than participants. Because of this, we were able to actually take our time and look at every exhibit in depth and at our leisure. Certainly a different feeling than the usual ‘stealing a […]

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The GAP 2014

The reenacting/living history season, for many of us, begins at Fort Indiantown Gap during the Battle of the Bulge reenactment week. (Last week of the month).  This year was no exception, as Linda and I once again were part of the German hospital display hosted by Pete and Kate Gentry. As usual, I portrayed a […]

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After action report: OBV/Elbe Tactical, Bedford, Pa. 2014

  The following is a report from our correspondent, Bill Donegan, just back from the front:   For those who don’t know or who have never been, you can time travel back to Germany 1945 via Old Bedford Village (OBV). OBV is located 1 minute from the Pa. Turnpike off exit 146 Bedford, 220 Sawblade […]

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Tank Farm 2013

The weekend of August 21-22, the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles (http://www.vmmv.org)  and the  Americans in Wartime Museum ( http://www.nmaw.org), held their annual open house. The weekend offered a little bit of everything. In addition to the usual array of military vehicles and reenactors, there was a diorama of the invasion of peleliu made entirely from […]

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Remagen Bridge Reenactment 2013

Here is a report on the event at Tidioute, PA this past weekend, by our correspondent, Bill Donegan: Do you know what God did this year at the Tideoute event? First I have to set this up for you. Mr. Ken Hechler used to be Secretary of State for West Virginia. He was a member […]

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Reading Airshow – June 7,8,9 2013

As some of you know, I have had a very demanding year and this has resulted in the blog being neglected. Hopefully, my health problems have straightened out and now I am getting happily settled into a new marriage and a new home. Hopefully, I will be able to get things in order on this […]

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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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The Gap 2013

As always, my reenacting year starts off at Fort Indiantown Gap during the Battle of the Bulge week in January. So it was again this year, with the additional attraction of initiating my fiancee into the wonders of reenacting/living history. As I had done before, I offered my services to German hospital as a patient. […]

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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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Reenacting and Gun Control

As many of you know, it is the policy of this blog to avoid political discussions. Frankly, many of us, including myself, are sick to death of politics. However, there are some topics that have a direct bearing on living history and reenacting, and gun control is a primary example. In the aftermath of the […]

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Spring Living History Events

January 2013  WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 22 – 27. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: http://www.wwiifederation.org February 2013 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 23, 2013, Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. regardless of the weather as usual. They still have several buildings available and are currently accepting pre-registrations. The scenario revolves around […]

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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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Dennison, Ohio 2012

Dennison, Ohio 2012

  Here is a post from our Correspondent, Bill Donegan: Dennison, Ohio was named for Ohio Governor Dennison, whom President Lincoln had appointed to be Postmaster General. Located 100 miles west of Pittsburg, Pa and 100 miles east of Cleveland Ohio, Dennison Depot was a stopping point for steam locomotives, which only had a range […]

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New Oxford 2012

New Oxford 2012

  The New Oxford WWII event as reported by our correspondent, Bill Donegan: September 12, 2012, Linda’s birthday. We hop in the car and drive to Gettysburg, PA. We made good time until we reached the MD/ PA border. There I 81 was at a standstill going north. We sat in the same place for […]

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It Was A Dark and Stormy Night…

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night...

Here is an email that I got from our correspondent, Patricia Patterson: Dear Rowelsburg, Just a note to say thanks again. It was a bit rough this year, but as usual you came through. We arrived on Friday, a very warm Friday and after drinking a couple of gallons of water, the tent was up, […]

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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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Reading Airshow

Reading Airshow

  The following is a report by our correspondent, Eric Rowan: Reading, Pennsylvania Mid Atlantic Air Museum 22nd Annual WWII Weekend June 1st – June 3rd 2012   For twenty two years, the Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania has hosted a WWII weekend. I was able to attend the 22nd annual reenactment, and […]

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Movie Reviews – Something Different

On those occasions that I review movies here, they are generally new releases. This is a little different. A few months ago, while hanging around Walmart to get my oil changed, I saw a DVD collection of war movies in the $5.00 bin. The title was “War Movies (WWII Collection)” Since it had 20 old […]

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Torgau – Meeting on the Elbe

Torgau - Meeting on the Elbe

Submitted by Bill Donegan: Torgau 1945 It is good that Linda and I have been working out on the treadmill every day for months, and using the weight room. We do it to keep in shape for tactical. We had no trouble at Bedford last week-end. The only physical problem was that Linda wore a […]

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Meeting at the Elbe – Old Bedford Village 2012

Meeting at the Elbe - Old Bedford Village 2012

On the weekend of February 25, 2012, the 2nd Gebirgs once again sponsored their annual ‘Meeting at the Elbe’ event at Old Bedford Village. This is always a good event and everyone seems to have fun. There was a shortage of Allies this year, as the Germans seemed to outnumber the Americans (and one lone […]

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Fort Indian Town Gap 2012 – Another Perspective

Fort Indian Town Gap 2012 - Another Perspective

  Bill Donegan sends us the following report on his activities at the Gap: A funny thing happened this year on the way to the GAP. Jim Barnes picked us up at our motel to take us to dinner. It was dark and Jim was not sure of the best way to exit the parking […]

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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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Mission to Moscow II

Mission to Moscow II

The next stop on my trip to Moscow was the Central Armed Forces Museum, which is also known as the museum of the Soviet Army. The former is probably now more accurate, since there are exhibits from the post-soviet period as well as sections being developed that cover the whole history of Russian arms back […]

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Pearl Harbor

Everyone, please take  a moment to remember that ‘Day of Infamy’ as President Roosevelt called it, which occurred 70 years ago today. And remember also the Americans who died in the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, which launched this country into World War II.

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Troops and Trains II

Troops and Trains II

Here is Part two of  Bill’s report on Troops and Trains: Following our train ride with the Federal Generals, we returned to the museum to guard tables for the Nowacks (WW2 Army Air Corp, and Homefront), as well as Greg Hall (Vietnam display). On the walk back we spoke German to some tourists who could […]

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Troops and Trains 2011 pt. I

Troops and Trains 2011 pt. I

  Bill and Linda Donegan attended the annual Troops and Trains event in Strassburg, Pa over the weekend of November 5th. Here is their report:   Strasburg, Pa November 4, 2011 had dinner with Dave and Lois Nowack. Saturday November 5,2011 we had breakfast with the Nowacks.  Linda and I dressed in Civil War attire and […]

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Book Review – “Those Who Dare”

A few months ago, I received an email from a publisher’s representative asking if I would be interested in getting an advance copy of a new book about WWII. Naturally, the prospect of getting something for free caught my attention and I replied that I would. After some wait, I got the book and dug […]

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Ike Farm 2011

Ike Farm 2011

On the weekend of September 17th, I had a lot planned. Some friends had asked me to accompany them to an airshow at Martinsburg in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  This was an opportunity to visit some good friends and take in an attraction that I had not seen before. As anyone who watches […]

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New Oxford 2011

New Oxford 2011

The following is an account of the ‘Liberation of New Oxford’, which occurs concurrently with the Ike Farm living history. Another bravura effort by our tireless Bill Donegan: Linda and I found another great WW2 event just 9 miles east of Gettysburg. It is New Oxford. The scenario is Alsace being first deserted by German […]

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