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  1. I am not a fan of people dressing in uniforms being worn in conflicts currently ongoing because there is too much strong emotion involved. The war, and it's tragic losses, are still too fresh. I believe in remembrance and honoring military past by wearing their uniforms, because their stories can be lost over time and sometimes live interaction can reach the public that a book or static display won't. However, there are still too many folks who can portray the modern military for real. Let them be the experts of their own story.
  2. I've had my WWII Imp. Roughouts since 2004. I have used them extensively at reenactments and in all types of environs: dirt, mud, snow, rain, beach, street and cobblestone roads. They're durable and still comfortable. The most wear I had on them was that the heel started to separate from the upper in 2011, chiefly because the nails had rusted from multiple saltwater exposures. A $15 cobbler repair solved that and I'm still wearing them to this day. By far the best investment I've made in reenacting. All I've ever done with them is dubbed them occasionally with original issued dubbing. I ha
  3. Hi, Bob! I've forwarded your post on to my Board Members. Hopefully you'll get some responses to from guys looking to come out and support your show. Thanks for extending the invite to our club. If you have any questions or have any issues, please email me at president@chgww2.net. Anthony
  4. I've only read that they dyed the hats dark blue or grey to hide grime and grease. I don't recall reading that they dyed them for camouflage reasons, but I'm not disputing it was done for that reason, either. I only recall that they'd dye the hats and their whites in tan or khaki for camo reasons. And I did read that they would sometimes dye them different colors for easier identification from their departments. I think I read an excerpt from somewhere that some sailors painted them with the battleship grey paint. Anyone heard that before? I can't imagine having a painted dixie cup on your hea
  5. Here's an MG position set up for AA on Bougainville we had dug in for an event. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JvHo5...feat=directlink https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9-_SB...feat=directlink https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/wxaQA...feat=directlink It was a nice little display that was applauded by a few vets who managed to stop by.
  6. This was a surprise to me when I was visiting as part of the Push Up The Peninsula convoy last September and we made a pit stop here. Worked out for one of the guy's on the trip, though, as he showed up in country and brought Marine leggings instead of Army ones. He was able to fix the problem thanks to the shop. I'm certain it wasn't cheap, though!
  7. As a reenactor and a US military veteran, I wouldn't feel right attending a military honor ceremony, especially at a cemetery, in period uniform without expressed invitation from the event planners - typically as an honor guard. The point of these ceremonies is to honor those that gave their lives for service and country. Wearing something to stand out, even with intent to teach and honor those fallen, diverts some of that attention. I enjoy my hobby and I think there are both honorable and selfish intentions involved with it. However, let ceremonies such as these be sacred and off limits. Let
  8. Howdy, Tom! This is a good idea. I have been on two previous French tours with the UK group and had a blast each time. But, Tom is right: it's living in the field, breaking camp almost each morning, and subject to the weather. Frankly, it's exhausting but makes the experience that much more genuine. Good impressions are important as these photos get circulated across the globe. I'm sure there will be many commemoration events occurring throughout France (and perhaps elsewhere), but this groups runs a one of a kind experience. I, personally, will be setting aside time and money to make
  9. Schucks, it depends on what you all have to display and where you'll be displaying at. If you're doing something indoors or in area tha won't let you set up an encampment, you're somewhat relegated to setting up a table display. The nice thing about those, though, is that you can make everything visible to see and label, and you're not restricted by strict authenticity standards that a period encampment or emplacement would require. Meaning, you can post photos, information, and even put on videos from a TV (provided you have power). it's nice you're looking to focus on the Philippines. M
  10. Hmm, if they're looking for articles, maybe I can contribute some. We have quite a few that occur here in Southern California.
  11. At first I was disappointed in this post. Really? Regional bashing? And then I remembered a similar "Fantasy Battle" (as they termed it) that happened here in Southern California. Twice in two years, and during public attendance. And then I was sad. Maybe it's in our water. On a good note, they got such crap from several sources that they stopped doing it. You're welcome to view some of the shame here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/magiclens/832727006/ Yep! Real super educational. Things like this don't help the image of reenactors. This was event sponsor requested, but the reenactors
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