Monday, October 3, 2011

Rockford World War 2 Reenactment

I recently attended the Rockford World War 2 reenactment. Every year in Rockford ,IL hundreds of reenactors meet up in full World War 2 uniforms, complete with blank firing guns and all of the other standard 1940’s military gear. There are also many tanks, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, and tons of other pieces from the period.

From the first moment you enter the reenactment you feel as if you have been sent back in time to the 1940’s during World War II. There is several sections at the reenactment: in the middle you have a town, to the one side you have the American forces and to the other you have the German army. As you walk around you are able to stop and talk to the reenactors, ask them questions and get very interesting answers back. Through out the day small battles are held between the Axis of power and the Allied forces. These skirmishes are typically fought by five to ten Americans and five to ten Germans. But at the end of the day there is the big final battle. This final battle is all out war, hundreds of soldiers running across the field, artillery guns being fired and massive tanks rolling through the field.

It feels like you’re watching a movie being filmed, it looked and sounded so good.

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