|Polish Troops of the Red Army Overrun a German Position Near Berlin, 1945|
Now that lead in photo I got from Wikipedia (surprise, surprise) depicts a group of Polish reenactors (I presume from the source of the photo). Not just the Poles in the Red Army (as you can tell by the Polish eagle on the helmets and on the T-34/85 in the left background) but I'm betting that the "Germans" are also Poles.
What should jump out at you right away? The fact that their are two, yes two, World War II-era Soviet T-34s in the picture. Those are the real deal. While I'm not sure if those tanks belong to the Polish reenactors, I do know that there are reenactment groups in the US who own armored vehicles. Think Shermans and White halftracks yes, those were plentiful at one time. (Not to mention the plethora of WWII-era jeeps!) But there are two "German" reenacting units who own armored vehicles.
The Land Down Under is into WWII reenacting as well. They have a very nice Panzerkampfwagen IV (shown in the video).
One unit (used to be in Missouri in the early 80s, don't know if they're still active) owned a Hetzer. Which they obtained from the Swiss military. Those guys spent a lot of money getting that beast to the States. I think they had to spend a lot getting it in running order as well. But they did and we used to see it at reenactments in the heartland.
|The Hetzer, seen in Indiana|
There's another unit, the 9th Reenactment Society in Illinois who own (and operate) one of the tanks used in the movie Saving Private Ryan. (Which is a favorite of mine. Of course.) A lot of folks think that's a real Tiger tank. It's not. It's a mock up of a Tiger built up on a Soviet T-34/85. (Remember that opening photo?)
Just to be clear -
|Mock Tiger, as used in Saving Private Ryan and Kelly's Heroes|
|Real Tiger, as used by the Germans in WWII|
While the mock Tiger looks cool, a real armor aficionado can tell the difference. And for comparison's sake -
|On the left is a T-34/85, on the right is a real Tiger.|
The running gear (drive sprocket and road wheels) are a dead giveaway.
But really, at the end of the day, a tank is a tank, is a tank. And therefore cool. Though YMMV.
Well, to get to the point of today's post, FRaVMotC Bayouwulf sent along some photos he had taken at a reenactment. Seems he was inspired to share them with me after reading my post The Tank a couple of days ago. I asked if I might share them with you, he consented. So without further ado, here's some great photos of some guys (and gals) pursuing their hobby. What some folks like to call "Living History". And you know me, I'm all about the history.
Especially if it's noisy, flies fast and makes things go boom. Land, sea or air.
All photos from here on courtesy of Bayouwulf. Thanks buddy!
|American Jeep, Scout Car and Halftrack|
I count three .50 cals on that halftrack!
Though they should be wearing Red Cross outfits, I'll not complain.
|Meeting of the 101st Wives' Club?|
The ladies rock those 1940s outfits!
And yes, as a retired Master Sergeant I wanted to blow my stack!
What a #&*@%# MESS!
|British Red Devils prepare for battle.|
Where'd ya get that camera mate?
|British Para Sergeant's Blouse.|
If you're a regular reader, that Pegasus emblem should look familiar.
|On the "other side of the hill", German infantry prepares for battle.|
And that weapon the guy in the middle is holding?
That my friends is an assault weapon, literally.
The Sturmgewehr 44.
|In the German camp...|
Apparently die Frauen are musically inclined.
|Motorcycle and sidecar.|
My WWII reenacting unit had one of those.
Ours was a BMW. No kidding.
|The Yanks are on the move!|
Yowza! Love that Ma-Deuce!
|M2 Stuart rolling into the German camp.|
And he looks angry!
|The Germans capitulate.|
Why are we surrendering to two trucks?
Where are the Tigers?
Outta gas Fritz, outta gas!