Through out the history of our nation, since it?s founding in the fire of revolution in 1776, we have spent more time at war through either actual fighting or in proxy wars, than we have at peace.
We have fought wars against almost every major European power, including ones who are now our allies, such as Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, as well as nations that are still not so friendly such as Russia.
America?s conflicts 1798 to 2004
World War II
I?ve been called a lot of names over the years and for the most part I tend to ignore them. Today however I was called a Nazi apologist because I was defending the right of someone, in particularly, Richard Iott, to dress up in an German war uniform and run around in a field with a bunch of other folks in German and American World War II uniforms reenacting events of the war. For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated by World War II. I love reading about it, playing games based on it, and just generally learning every bit I can about the war, especially the Eastern European Theater. I spent many a night playing a World War II miniatures game called Command Decision with a group of folks in town. I never once felt like I was glossing over or even glorifying the horrors that the Nazi?s committed in the holocaust while I was doing it. I certainly can?t ignore those facts I really wouldn?t want to, but I enjoy learning about what it was like for solders on the front lines, and learning about the tactics of the battles, and I especially like taking battles where that were lost and seeing what it would take to turn them into victories and I don?t generally care if that means I?m playing as an American, a German, or some other combatant. It?s solely about learning about the war, one of the greatest turning points in human history.
And that is what reenactments are all about. Reenactments are about reliving moments in time, understanding what it was like to live the life of someone at a particular moment in history. There are hundreds of groups that do so around the country and the world and they cover almost every imaginable era of history, even if they tend to center around particular wars, like the Civil War, World War I, or World War II. Participating in one of these events doesn?t mean you want to gloss over the horrible things that happened or that you even want to ignore them. After the break are some videos from around the net from Reenactment groups.