Over the weekend my family and I had the opportunity to attend a WWII reenactment! This was the second WWII reenactment I've been to (see the first one HERE) and I'm more convinced than ever that I want to start WWII reenacting. I was going to dress up just for fun but since I'm not officially a reenactor, I didn't want to mess up and have the reenacting police after me. No, that's not a real thing, but I'm rather paranoid about that stuff. Either I need to be accurate, or I'm not dressing up. =)
Anyway, here are some pictures from the weekend!
101st Airborne reenactors!!!
This reenactor showed all the gear a paratrooper would take into action.
The battle reenactment between the Germans troops and American troops was amazing! It was so different than Civil War reenacting because ... you know ... machine guns. It was so loud, but it made you feel like you were actually there. They picked a perfect place to do the battle. The trees and brush gave it all a very authentic feel and soldiers were dodging in and out of the woods.
There was a lull part way through the battle, so the announcer was explaining about the battle and it sounded like the reenactment was coming to an end. Well, I don't think the reenactors were ready to be done. They let off a machine gun which interrupted the guy talking ... twice. hahaha!
We had the opportunity to meet a WWII veteran named Tony Zanzinger. He was a Staff Sergeant with the 501st Parachute Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He parachuted into Normandy prior to the invasion on June 6th, 1944, achieving all planned objectives. After returning to England six weeks later, he trained for operation Market Garden which involved jumping 25 miles behind the German line in Holland. Originally planned for 72 hours, the operation actually lasted 72 days. Returning to France for the rebuilding of the unit, they were suddenly called up after three weeks for emergency defense of Bastonge. Fighting Bastonge for six weeks, they were ultimately surrounded by the enemy. The famous response by General McAuliffe when asked to surrender after being surrounded for five days, was "Nuts". The final combat operation for the 101st Airborne Division was the capture of Hitler's retreat home at Berchtesgaden.
It was such an honor to meet him! He told us stories and we each gave him a hug and thanked him. =) This is a letter to his mom from when he was overseas. It was published in a newspaper at the time.
He joined when he was 18.
Mr. Zanzinger had a display of war memorabilia. He took this picture from Hitler's house! He also played chopsticks on Hitler's piano.
There were 101st Airborne reenactors there and it was really cool to see Mr. Zanzinger and one of the reenactors together. Mr. Zanzinger said it was like looking at himself.
He gave us copies of a Christmas card he sent his mother in 1942!! SO COOL!!
We joined in on the reenacting a little … I printed out leaflets of The White Rose (a German resistance group that I'm writing about) and Haley left them in the German reenactor's tents!!
Have you ever been to a WWII reenactment?