View Full Version : WW2 reenactment, Cent. Tx

05-14-2007, 05:23 AM

schedule's up there, it's on the 19th and 20th this month, at bellmead, Tx, which is basically waco.
i'm trying to get my father to go with me, i've never been to one and i really want to watch this one!!

just posting up here so any of you guys in central tx want to go will know when and where it is

M1 Tanker
05-14-2007, 07:48 AM
Yep, Bellmead is a huge public event with airplanes during strafing runs and everything :) I won't be there though since the wife is here. Henry I don't think you will be disappointed...hell they were even saw a commercial for it on Fox News. Last year I know they had an 88mm.

05-14-2007, 08:25 AM
Wow that sounds VERY cool ! ! !

05-14-2007, 09:50 AM
It is not a re-enactment per se (probably more of a living history thing), but there is an event here in Jackson, MS this weekend. For the past 4-5 years, the local Harley shop has been doing "The Trail of Honor". There is a path through some woods, and at different stations are reenactors portraying vignettes from America's different wars. The "Ride to the Wall" stops there on Monday, enroute to the Vietnam memorial in DC. If any of y'all are in the area, you might want to check it out.

05-14-2007, 11:29 AM
some guys who do reenacting here at waco were asking if i wanted to play a role for some kind of Japanese "first generation" soldier... they were supposed to be some japanese soldiers who were first generation in the US who enlisted for uncle sam in WW2...

i wanted to do it, till i saw how much all that costed... seriously, i spend enough on guns, ammo and lenses, i blow anymore money away my dad would kill me!!!

if my grandfather(who fought against the japanese in WW2, over in the Southern China, Canton area, he was a Colonel) found out that i played a japanese soldier, he might strangle me. so i think sticking to the good guys would be a slightly better option

okie shooter
05-14-2007, 12:00 PM
Henry, I think they wanted you to play a member of the 442 regemental combat team, a unit comprised of Nesei(first generation us born of japanese desent). THey had I beleive the highest rate of casualties in the war, their slogan was "go for broke". They were preceded by the 100 Infantry Bn. of the Hawian National guard, that was eventually intergrated with the 442nd. (so they were americans, thus the good guys, too)

These guys with families in interment camps on the mainland for the most part(the Hawian solders families were not interned, due to the fact if so there would have been no one left to do the work in the islands) fought and died for a country that for a time had foresaken them and imprisoned them with no due process(and for the most part no reason, since there was far more german espenoge in this nation than japanese).

Henry heres a short history I wrote for asian american month a few years back

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, there were 5,000 Japanese Americans in the U.S. armed forces. Many were summarily discharged. Japanese Americans were classified as 4-F (unfit physically, mentally or morally) or 4-C (unfit due to nationality or ancestry) by the Selective Service, despite being US citizens. Executive Order 9066 authorized the War Department to prescribe military areas from which any persons may be excluded and the right of any person to enter or leave was at the discretion of the "military authorities". Japanese Americans, mainly from pacific coast states, were rounded up and interned in “relocation centers” for the duration of the war. Japanese Americans were the only wholesale ethnic group to be imprisoned during the war. Most of the internment camps were in western states, but one of these camps was at Rohwer, Arkansas.
Japanese American citizens did not stop being Americans, wanting to defend the country that had shunned them. In Hawaii, a battalion of Nisei (second-generation, American born of Japanese descent) volunteers was formed in May 1942. As the 100th Infantry Battalion, they were sent to North Africa in June of 1943 where they joined the 34th Division in combat. By September 1943, they were sent to Italy where they saw fierce combat and came to be known as the "Purple Heart Battalion" due to their high casualty rate.
In January 1943, the US War Department announced the formation of the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) made up of Nisei volunteers from Hawaii and the mainland. In June of 1944, the 442nd joined forces with the 100th Infantry Battalion in Europe and incorporated the 100th into the 442nd. Due to the stunning success of Nisei in combat, the draft was re-instated in January 1944 for Nisei in the detention camps to bolster the ranks of the 442nd.
Due to their outstanding bravery and the heavy combat duty they faced, the 100/442nd RCT became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service. There were over 18,000 individual decorations for bravery, 9,500 Purple Hearts, and seven Presidential Distinguished Unit Citations.
Despite their frustration of the imprisonment of their family’s and the early government opinion that they were not loyal to the United States, the men of the 442nd gave their ultimate sacrifices, with over 600 killed and 9400 wounded in action.

Due to some resistance for both blacks and other minorties in the service, the army has been upgradeing citations to include many for members of this unit. (21 metals of honor were upgraded in june of 2000)

05-19-2007, 08:05 PM
i saw it today, and it was wicked, they had 20mm flak guns shooting at bombers and flighters

and a sherman, half tracks, and even General Patton was there

whoever didn't go stillhas a chance tomorrow at 1pm

05-19-2007, 08:21 PM
did you video it?

05-21-2007, 03:02 AM
no but i did some stills
sorry some are out of focus because someone left the lens i was using out in the rain earlier and it was having BAD focusing problems. i had to manual focus lots of them and it's harder to manual focus with a DLSR. SLR's are a lot easier with manual focusing.

20mm flak cannon in here behind the guy with gross boxers on...

germans draw their lines

and americans bomed the hell out of them

and the germans run away

...while fallshimjager videotapes it...

General Patton and his crew chills out under a tree watching

americans attack

hmm.. someone's out of place here...


good guys
bad guys

half tracks



Chillen with Gen. Patton

British invasion

David's new toy

05-21-2007, 07:40 AM
great pics! looks like a lot of fun

M1 Tanker
05-21-2007, 09:14 AM
Notice how there isn't one single American dead in any pictures?

I'm glad I didn't go, I got this email from my guys that went.

The battle on Sunday was a complete embarrassment. The farbiness of this event has risen to new heights. From a German officer walking around in uniform Saturday night with a light stick shoved in his belt, it got ugly real quick. The Gebirgs marched everywhere "civil war style" with their rifles backward. Other issues they had were beards, ponytails, cowboy boots, a fleet of fooblewagens, and Swiss zelts assembled "civil war style". These guys are an absolute joke. The number of morbidly obese reenactors on both sides was high and again, not a single American took a hit even though we had decent defensive positions. It just looked stupid. Safety issues were there as well.

I'm done with this type of event. I am not going to support it or any other event does not have some sort of standards and safety procedures in place. This includes Waxahachie and Grandview as they are right there on the same level. Someone is going to get hurt at one of these 3 events. Ity's just a matter of time. It won't be me.

05-22-2007, 01:46 AM
which ones are good? i want to see an awesome one