D-Day Reenactment 2015

"Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not and shall not die."
- Charles de Gaulle

I'm now officially a WWII reenactor! My sister and I took part in the D-Day reenactment in Conneaut, Ohio over the weekend. We joined a French resistance group called Maquis de Bretange. There were 1,500 reenactors portraying Germans, Americans, Canadians, British, and French and over 30,000 spectators! We had so much fun and we can't wait until next year! A huge thanks to mom for taking all these photos and to dad for taking the videos!

On the first day there was a Maquis attack in the morning. We civilians walked across the bridge, showing that it was a normal day in occupied France. Then the Maquis began their attack on the Germans.


Right after the battle, some young kid came over and took selfies with us. And then a German soldier gave us authentic German chocolate. Not sure if we were supposed to accept chocolate from a German soldier but it was really good.


The Maquis camp ...


I was dubbed Anne Frank when they saw my reenacting journal. =)


Two of the guys giving a talk about the Maquis ...



We got to hear some WWII veterans speak ... there were over 150 WWII vets in attendance!



In the afternoon there was another Maquis attack at the French farmhouse.


Day Two:
Filling out their FFI cards ...

Weapon inspection …



The Maquisards ready to whip some Krauts ...


These people are so great and welcomed us right into the resistance family. What an awesome group to reenact with!


There was another attack at the bridge, except this time we civilians were stopped and questioned by the Germans (they ate our grapes) and were caught in the middle of the action. We all huddled together on the side of a hill while the fighting went on.


(Picture copyright: Andy Donaldson Photography)

(Picture copyright: Andy Donaldson Photography)
I LOVE THIS ONE. Haley's got some attitude!

(Picture copyright: Andy Donaldson Photography)



Knitting and playing cards at the French farmhouse ...


Groups of soldiers would routinely march by camp doing their little chants.


The Allies off to reenact the D-Day invasion ....


We planned a scenario with the Germans .... at the end of the reenactment as people were waiting in line for the shuttle buses,  four of us were stopped and questioned by the Germans. They checked our papers, looked through our baskets, and ate our bread. Even though we discussed it beforehand and the Germans were super nice, I was still scared when they began shouting in German and stealing my bread. We did it a total of six times. =)


I love Haley's glare in this one! She's not letting that Nazi look through her bag!


We had an AMAZING time! Have you ever been to the D-Day reenactment in Conneaut?

Vive la France!

-Emily

16 comments

  1. I am glad you had a good time. Those pictures are great. It sounds like such a spectacular event. I can't imagine watching, let alone participating, in something like that. *runs to add it to bucket list*

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    1. Thanks, Susanna! It was amazing!! I can't wait until next year!

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  2. Oh, wow! How cool is that! It looks like such an AMAZING thing to be a part of. That's so awesome you got the chance. I've heard about this re-enactment, because earlier this summer we met a family who was going to involved in it. (I didn't really meet them myself, so I can't remember their names, otherwise I'd ask you if you saw them. :-)) I've been to Conneaut Lake in Pennsylvania, but I'm not sure how far that was from where this took place.

    Anyway! These pictures are awesome! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  3. Actually...now that I'm looking at the pictures again, I'm pretty sure it was that lady in the polka-dot dress standing next to you in some of the last pictures that we met! I may have to ask my mom. :-)

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    1. Thanks!! It was fantastic! You should go if you have the chance! Oh, that's so neat that you may have met Karen! It's a small world!

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  4. It looks like fun! (Sad too because it was a real battle they were reenacting.) I'm going to see if they do any of these where I am, and if not see if I can go to one in another area.

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    1. WWII reenacting is definitely a moving experience. I can't even imagine what the actual soldiers went through on D-Day. Amazing courage. It's such an honor to reenact even the simple part of civilian and bring history alive. I was scared when I was questioned by the Germans, knowing it was a scenario. But in real life? That must have been terrifying.

      I hope you find some local WWII reenactments! They are amazing!

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  5. THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. I'm so becoming a part of this French resistance with you someday. (I probably look more German, but whatever.) I love Haley's attitude! Little actress.

    I've decided that you belong in this era. You literally seem to come straight from the 1940's. Are you sure you didn't time-travel to today? ;)

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    1. IT WAS AMAZING!! And yes, Haley is such an actress! I love all her glares! You totally should come reenact with us! =)

      Awww!! That comment made me smile so much!!! =)

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  6. This sounds so cool! (Of course, not if you were ACTUALLY there in WWII...) ;) In May, my family and I were in Washing D.C. on the anniversary of V-Day. We got to see actual planes fly overhead that were used in WWII - not even replicas, but THE few in existence. It was incredible. WWII is definitely my favorite era in American History I like to learn about, and this kind of stuff really fascinates me. :)

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    1. Woah!! That's amazing that you got to see actual WWII planes! That's awesome! WWII is my favorite era in history as well. There's so much to learn and the fact that the world came together to defeat evil is just amazing. The Greatest Generation really is the greatest.

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  7. Excellent photos! I'm hoping to attend the event next year, as part of the Resistance. All the way from New Hampshire.

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    1. Awesome! The Maquis is a great group to reenact with!

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  8. Oh my gosh!!! Wow!!! This is amazing!!! What star do you live that someone does this??? I'd love to be a part of something like this some day!!!

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    1. It is an amazing event!! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to take part in it!

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  9. How do you afford reenacting? Isn't it horribly expensive?

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