D-Day re-enactments : Photos, reenactors and living history
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WW2 reenactment includes beach inspection by the German High Command (Hermann Goering, Heinz Guderian, Erwin Rommel)
With sunny suns and temperatures near 90 degrees it wasn`t exactly close to the conditions on June 6, 1944. But for those participating in the World War II Veterans Day Weekend Re-enactment at Veterans Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores, Michigan it was close enough. American and Canadian reenactors made the landing while coming "under fire" from the Wehrmacht defenders. The day also included a militaria fair, musical performances by a 1940s singing group, dozens of vintage military vehicles and the German High Command (several WWII reenactors in Nazi uniforms playing Hermann Goering, Heinz Guderian and Erwin Rommel).
The WWII D-Day re-enactment largest multi-battle WWII event in the Southeast US
A battle will be raging June 19-20, 2009, in Oak Ridge, as 200 Second World War re-enactors take the field at A.K. Bissell Park to take part in the annual "Invasion of Normandy" re-enactment during the 7th Annual Secret City Festival. Re-eactors pf U.S. Airborne, Rangers and Armored troops will join British paratroopers in a series of two historical battle re-enactments based upon the days after the Normandy invasion. Living historians will do displays of gear and equipment, and over a dozen vintage period vehicles will be in action on the field.
Travelling to D-Day beaches of Normandy possible on any budget
A silent moment on France`s most evocative shore, a stroll over once-bloodied Normandy cliffs, a cider with a Frenchman who recalls hearing the D-Day combat as a child, hiding in cellar. Keeping the memory of the D-Day invasion alive doesn`t have to be about costly history tours and high-priced museums with re-enacted exhibits. Just being there, on the Normandy beaches still filled with ruined pillboxes and among the gravestones, makes for a lasting memory. For ordinary visitors, straitened financial times don`t mean Normandy is off-limits. Walking along the beaches can bring D-Day alive, and investing in one good tour or museum will fill in the details.
HMS Belfast`s D-Day bombardment re-enacted on the Thames (Article no longer available from the original source)
The drama of the Allied D-Day Landings was re-enacted on the Thames on one of the ships which took part in the action. Tourists visiting HMS Belfast, the Royal Navy`s floating museum opposite the Tower of London, had the chance to fire 4ins guns, which warded off enemy attack as Allied troops went ashore from the ship on the Normandy Beaches in on June 6, 1944. Actors from the Wavy Navy living history group showed gun drills, and items from the ship`s involvement in D-Day were on display and newsreels were shown. HMS Belfast, the last armoured warship from the WWII remaining in Europe, gave gunfire to give troops cover as they landed at Gold and Juno beaches.
Photos from D-Day Ohio : World War II Reenactment of Omaha Beach
For the last 7 years the little town of Conneaut Ohio presents a WWII reenactment of Omaha Beach. They have re-enactors board actual landing craft (post WWII) and attack from Lake Erie, cross the beach, and head up a steep bank occupied by Germans. For the World War II historian it may seem a bit ridiculous but for the couple thousand people that show up it’s a good living history demonstration. There weren’t many veterans in attendance, maybe a dozen, but I did get to shake a few hands and hear a few good stories. For those that collect, there is also a memorabilia fair set up.
Nazis put a stop to reenactment of D-Day landings
A reenactment of a 1944 D-Day battle was cancelled because of claims that the group playing German soldiers contained Nazi sympathisers. Members of Vent d’Europe (Wind of Europe) were due to participate in a reenactment of the battle for the German heavy gun battery at Crisbecq - overlooking Utah Beach in Normandy. But the event, part of a Heritage Days programme, was scrapped after the group was denounced by Admiral Christian Brac de la Perrière, chairman of Normandie Mémoire. "History is not a circus. It is intolerable to use such a site to serve such a repugnant ideology," he said, adding that D-Day reenactments were often in bad taste.
D-Day battle re-enactments drawing widespread attention
June`s second annual D-Day re-enactments along the Ohio River at Marina Pointe are getting a lot of attention. The History Channel will dispatch a crew to film the re-enactments and the World War II ship. In last year`s Operation LST 325, spectators witnessed an "Allied" assault up the steep river bank. Actors replicated the June 6, 1944, battle for Omaha Beach of the Normandy landings. The Evansville re-enactment will present 4 battles on June 2 and 3. The landing will be presented at 1 p.m. and the assault at 4 p.m. Saturday, and a hedgerow battle will be acted out at 1 p.m. and counterattack/surrender at 4 p.m. Sunday.
World War II D-Day assault Re-enactment
D-Day Conneaut, an annual tribute to the World War II assault into Nazi-occupied Europe, was played out with more than 300 re-enactors staged the invasion. More special effects would be used during the battle than ever before. Smoke bombs and explosions planted in the beach greeted the Allied soldiers in uniform as they emerged from the landing craft. Two P-51 Mustang planes buzzed the beach, simulating strafing and bombing runs against German soldiers holed up behind sandbags and pillboxes. A mammoth German howitzer atop the beach bluff was fired often, drawing gasps from the crowd. The crackle of rifles and machine guns echoed throughout the beach.