Living History: Reenactment
Reenactment groups who participate in living history events are listed on this page, compiled with help from Robert Buettner, 1st Infantry Division, 16th Infantry Regiment reenactors, and others. You are invited to submit your group for this page.
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World War II re-enactors portray 101st Airborne Division Soldiers who blocked the German advance on Bastogne, Belgium in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. Photo taken 25 November 2008.
These links are mostly about reenactment of WW II, but there are a few for WW I and periods after WW II as well. US Civil War or other periods of history are not covered here.
There is also an Olive-Drab.com section of organizations whose members restore and display military vehicles. Be sure to check the section below on Equipment for Reenactors for sources of clothing and gear.
Today in WW II: 22 Jul 1942 Japanese invade Papua, New Guinea at Basabua then move along the northeast coast of New Guinea to Buna, beginning a long campaign. More ↓
22 Jul 1942 Daily gassing of Jews from Warsaw begins at Treblinka; 4000 men, women, children killed daily, the largest slaughter of any single community during the Holocaust [22 Jul-12 Sep].
22 Jul 1944 Setbacks in the Japanese war effort force the resignation of Hideki Tojo as Prime Minister of Japan.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.
Military Living History and Reenactment Societies
A good web site for reenactors is Reenactor.net, organized by time periods so you can focus on the periods of history for your interests. Another good resource is the Allied Reenactment Forum, covering US, British and Allied forces of WWII and other time periods.
There are many other groups and web sites including the general ones listed
here and the more specific sites in the sections which follow this one.
WW II United States Military Air Forces
WW II United States Military Airborne (Paratroops)
WW II United States Military Ground Forces
WW II United States Military Naval Forces and Marine Corps
WW II German Military -- Wehrmacht/SS
- 1.SS Panzer Division
Erste Zug, 7. Kompanie, 23rd SS Panzergrenadier Regiment "NORGE", 11th SS Division "NORDLAND", Re-enactment group
Second Battle Group WWII Re-enactment & Historical Society
3rd Panzer Grenadier
7th Kompanie Grenadier Regiment Grossdeutschland Re-enactment group
- 10th SS Frundsberg 3./SS-Pz AA 10
43rd Sturm Pionier
'Hitler Jugend' Kompanie 1. - Batallion 1.- Panzer Grenadier Regiment 25 - 12th SS Panzer
Kampfgruppe Haase: 2nd Panzer Grenadier Division, 1.SS & 12.SS Division, as well as Fallschirmjaeger (based in Canada)
- Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager Reg 3/2 Kompanie. Komandeur Allen Vickrey, PO Box 76734, Colorado Springs CO 80970, 719-721-9280 Daytime. A unit of the LHRA, and can also be viewed on FaceBook: FJR3
Panzergrenadier, the international home for WW II Axis re-enactors.
WW II Canadian Military
WW II Military of Great Britian
The Victory in Europe Re-enactment Association is a well established World War Two Historical Group which carries out static displays,battle re-enactments and living history displays at public shows and private events all over the U.K.
WW II New Zealand Military
The Garrison: Living History, Preservation and Home Front group, Marlborough, New Zealand
WW II Allied Armies in Exile
WW I Reenactment
Korean War Reenacement
Indochina/Vietnam War Reenactment
Israel-Arab Wars Reenactment
Locations for Reenactors
Fairgrounds and similar locations are often eager to have reenactors participate in events. Reenactors are invited to bring their encampment, vehicles and equipment to the venue, usually with low or no cost. This list has a few examples. In general, if there is an event going on, military or not, you should contact the venue management and may be pleasantly surprised by what they will offer your group.
Equipment for Reenactors
Living History participants will need uniforms and equipment that either are originals (surplus or militaria) or quality reproductions. The Olive-Drab.com pages on Soldiers' Clothing and Gear have extensive descriptions and photos of original equipment as well as a discussion of quality reproductions. Olive-Drab.com's advertisers and the extensive list of surplus and Militaria dealers in the Olive-Drab.com Supplier Database are your best sources for original gear.
Rations for Reenactors
World War Two Ration Technologies is a company that offers authentic reproductions of the packaging and labels for C rations, K rations and D rations from World War II. This is a service to re-enactors who want to have an experience as close to actual history as possible. In addition to the material on Olive-Drab.com about Combat Rations, MREs, and Food, World War Two Ration Technologies' website has a wealth of information about the rations, how they were made, and how they were used in the field. Another company making rations for re-enactors is ReproRations.
Recommended Book about Reenactment
Find More Information on the Internet
There are many fine websites that have additional information on this
topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go.
Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.
For good results, try entering this: living history or reenactment. Then click the Search button.