World War Ii Reenactments
World War II Reenactments are Number two in the US!
World War II reenactments began in 1975 by American Civil War reenactors. World War II reenactments are the second most popular form of reenacting in the US, following the American Civil War. The first reenactors interviewed veterans and researched the war in order to understand what it was really like. The reenactors wanted to find out more about the war and rejected the view that was displayed in the media.
Today many people get involved in WWII reenacting because they had an ancestor in the war, or are just interested in the war. Some reenactments are not done in front of crowds since their spectator base is not that large. Those reenactments not done in front of crowds allow the reenactors to get more into character and focus more on the historic aspects, rather than putting on a show. Today there are hundreds of units around the world that represent the countries involved in the conflict. Almost every nationality that was involved in the conflict is represented.
For all battle World War II Reenactments the actual size of the unit is portrayed. Medals and decorations worn have to be authentic and created before June 1945 and have to reflect the unit. Hair should be worn in the 1940s style and beards are not allowed. The uniforms should fit the unit and country being portrayed.
The reenactments consist of barrack impressions, which are living history. They serve educational purpose and show how a soldier lived. Event the table manners of the soldiers are imitated. The tactical events are the combat demonstrations, which are held on private land or military bases.
World War II reenacting as a hobby can get very expensive. Besides the usual supplies needed for reenactments such as tents, uniforms and equipment, some WWII reenactors take it a step further, they buy 1940s vehicles like those used in the war. The vehicles are either reproductions or restored originals from the era!
Due to the popularity of World War II reenacting, it's relatively easy to find a group near you! Look online to find groups in your area. If you can't find a reenactment group in your area, contact another historic reenactment group and see if they have any information. Another way to join a group or unit is to attend a reenactment. Several events do have recruitment stations for interested people.