Hey FP Airsoft.
I have noticed a decent amount of Airsofters here are also reenactors of some form. Which is great. I have often thought on making a reenactor thread somewhere on FP but could not honestly think of an appropriate location for it. But, being that several of us double was reenactors...I figure. Why not here? Bam. Done.
So, some information for those of you who do not know about reenacting.
Reenacting in a hobby that educates on and promotes the learning of history. It provides not only those who may see a reenactment, but also the reenactors themselves, a hands on look at history. It can be interesting, educative, entertaining, and something that can be very appreciated.
Reenacting ranges a broad range of subjects. From the Ancient Romans to Medieval Europe. To the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Both World Wars, Vietnam, and all conflicts in between. Reenacting hosts a very large stream of subjects that can be observed and interacted with on a personal hands on level. When you step into a reenactor's encampment...you step back in time.
So, why do people reenact? Many reasons. Some just have an addiction to the time periods or to history, others love to educate other people, some do it in honor of family members who were in the conflict - and sometimes the reenactors themselves were actually a part of the conflict! But the main basis especially is to honor those who sacrificed everything for their cause. Or, simply. It's just cool.
There are typically two types of reenactments. One and the most seen by the public (Duh.) Are public events. These events are typically geared fully towards the time period or conflict or sometimes can be seen at large events, festivals, airshows, museum displays, etc. These provide the public a hands on and 'with their own eyes' look at history. Reenactors interact with the public and walk them through their encampments, displays, and discuss with them the time period, the life, and the gear of the forces they represent.
The other less seen side of reenacting are tacticals. Think of it as playing soldier, LARPing if you dare say, in a large stretch of land with guns and blanks. These range from a large variety of conflicts and are typically competetive with objectives. It's the MIL-SIM of reenacting. They are a great place to practice tactics, learn new strategies, and actually improve your image at public events while having a fun time.
"But how do you know if you get shot?" Is the biggest question asked of reenactors.
During public events the battles are, 90% of the time, scripted. It's not a basis of "Okay you run thirty steps, stop, shoot three times and die." It is typically planned on a larged and loose scale. Something along the lines of "Okay, the Germans will hold their positions until the P-51s start coming in. Then they will start pulling back taking casualties. Eventually they will be cut off and over run resulting in the death or capture of all forces." Typically the rule of thumb is even during public events, if you clearly would have been shot then it is the honorable, realistic, and good show to take that hit.
Tactical events are different. You are expected to be honorable and hold some integrity. If you would have been toast in real life then take the hit. There are usually referees and officials who keep an eye out and enforce hits.
For reenacting there are usually units, groups, etc and are all placed under what is called a 'parent organization' that is typically some historical society or other historical based org.
I'll add more content as things go along. :)
As for me. I have been a reenactor for a few years. This will be my third year reenacting. I reenact a standard footsoldier in the 2nd Panzer 38th Pionier Battalion. I have several parts of my 'kit' that I swap out for. I can be a standard rifeman, or the engineer setup, and even a tank buster with a panzerfaust. We have a panzershrek, MG42s, 34s, MP40s, STG44s, mortars, mines and even a replica of the German 222 and some motorcycles and Kubels. We have quite the range of equipment.
Some of my favorite events include Thunder Over Michigan, Tidioute Bridge at Remagen, Conneaut's D-Day, and several tactical events.
I'll post up some pictures of me soon, along with some of our unit in action.
So, for now, I encourage others to add content...discuss...whatever.
Is anyone planning on attending Atterbury this weekend?