So . . . this past weekend dad took 4 of my siblings and I down to El Dorado, Kansas for an event that I had been waiting MONTHS for. I literally had been counting down the weeks, days and hours until the event hosted by the WWII research center. . . the WWII battle reenactment!!! To say I was excited would be a HUGE understatement!!
I'm sure that by now you all know of my fascination with WWII, so you can probably imagine how I was feeling. :)
Anyway, it exceeded all of my expectations! I was not excepting it to be so real! The guns, the grenades, the soldiers etc. I mean, when the German commander speaks German throughout the battle?
Yeah, that's just awesome! :)
After the battle was over, some of the "Germans" were giving rides in the motorcycle, so Kezzy and Caleb took a ride in that. And then. . . we were able to shoot a WWII machine gun. Which was so totally awesome! Later on I realized that since I had shot a German machine gun I was technically shooting at the American allies.
Oh well. :P
After that I ended up talking to one of the German soldiers for a while. I asked a ton of questions and he showed me all the equipment the soldiers carried, let me feel the weight of the different weapons, explained their different uses, etc. It was so amazing! Plus he reminded me a lot of one of my characters. So I felt like I was talking to a character that had come to life, which of course got me inspired to write more. ;)
So. . .I did remember to take some pictures! And I recorded about six minutes of the battle for you guys. :) (Well, it was for my mom too. . . ;)
|The German soldiers advancing onto the field.|
|Getting into position. . .|
|One of the Germans threw some sort of smoke grenade or something of the sort. :P I don't know exactly what it was., but it |
|Allied soldier. . .|
|The German side.|
|The battle is over and the German's are being rounded up by the allies.|
|The German prisoners.|
|This tent was carried on the soldiers's back, rolled up and fastened above his blanket.|
|Typical German literature every German soldier carried|
|Benjamin shooting the machine gun. . .|
|Kezzy shooting it. . .|
Well, that was my Saturday. :) I hope you guys all had an amazing weekend as well! I've thought about doing a post with random facts about WWII that I learned at the reenactment. Would that be something you all would like to see? It was nothing super outstanding, but I did learn a lot of things I didn't know before. :)
Let me know!:D