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    Notice some of the bad press WWII re-enactors are getting over in Normandy?
    As a long-time Civil War re-enactor myself, I know the fine line we sometimes tread between "honoring our past" and childish BS.

    I think in a situation like the D-Day anniversary in Normandy, ya gotta do it right with the right (read: humble) attitude or you come off as - and sometimes are - irrelevant coo-coos in costume.

    I mean, come on - stutting around as the Waffen SS? Ya gotta have the right venue for those shenanagans - dropping in at the local cantina can start the whole war up again.
    (On second thought - this IS France; maybe no problem)
    Gus

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    Heh heh.

    Good post...

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      Re: Re-enactors - commemorators or nerds?

      Originally posted by Gus
      Notice some of the bad press WWII re-enactors are getting over in Normandy?
      As a long-time Civil War re-enactor myself, I know the fine line we sometimes tread between "honoring our past" and childish BS.

      I think in a situation like the D-Day anniversary in Normandy, ya gotta do it right with the right (read: humble) attitude or you come off as - and sometimes are - irrelevant coo-coos in costume.

      I mean, come on - stutting around as the Waffen SS? Ya gotta have the right venue for those shenanagans - dropping in at the local cantina can start the whole war up again.
      (On second thought - this IS France; maybe no problem)
      haha

      I recall an article in the NY Times a few months back about WW2 reenactors. Some of the reenactors were complaining about how lax and nonchalant some of their comrades were taking the reenactment. The writer said the reenactors would be fighting a battle with M10s, M4s, towed-arti, halftracks, and soldiers running around a field and it was a distractment to see 3-4 guys smoking cigarettes around a jeep at the line of contact ignoring the surrounding excitement! ha ha
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      • #4
        Re: Re: Re-enactors - commemorators or nerds?

        Originally posted by Patrocles
        haha

        I recall an article in the NY Times a few months back about WW2 reenactors. Some of the reenactors were complaining about how lax and nonchalant some of their comrades were taking the reenactment. The writer said the reenactors would be fighting a battle with M10s, M4s, towed-arti, halftracks, and soldiers running around a field and it was a distractment to see 3-4 guys smoking cigarettes around a jeep at the line of contact ignoring the surrounding excitement! ha ha
        Hooo,Boy, I could tell you stories about some of the dummies I've seen in the CW re-enacting venue - maybe I will, when I have the time. There's no doubt there's an element of "playing soldiers in the woods" - my wife's quote - but there has to be an overall sobriety and educational outlook when doing public events. Mostly I do it for the camp life & tactics - I avoid the "bang-bang" boys whenever possible.
        Gus

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        • #5
          I haven't seen any of the bad press on the reeactors at Normandy. Are they acting like French waiters, or what?

          I'm in the SCA. There are well over 100,000 of us that re-create the middle ages. We have about as many nerds as any city of 100,000 and about as many stars. Going into a city/restaurant/movies in your enactment attire is fairly standard for us, and no one has ever complained and we get a heck of a lot of compliments. We routinely do shows for Scouts, schools, churches, etc., all around the world, and we get a lot of our contacts by being public.

          That said, we would never (I hope) crash somebody else's activity dressed that way without prior coordination.

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          • #6
            I have seen some really good reenactments and I have seen some really bad reenactments. A recent civil war reenactment had a working field hospital where the doctor explained how to do an amputation and other field surgery. They had some staged mock ups but it was quite effective.

            I have seen some where half the people there rather be doing something else. My personal favorite was another civil war reenactment where a dead solider was trying to pick up girls watching the action.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jguritza
              My personal favorite was another civil war reenactment where a dead solider was trying to pick up girls watching the action.
              I've been dead 3 times now and I've been too busy looking dead (and trying to hear whats going on.) to do that. Though it WOULD be interesting.
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              • #8
                I have seen some where half the people there rather be doing something else. My personal favorite was another civil war reenactment where a dead solider was trying to pick up girls watching the action. [/B][/QUOTE]

                Hell, I have enough trouble convincing 'em I'm interesting ALIVE!
                Gus

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                • #9
                  Hell, if you don't get bad press nowadays, you ain't doing anything.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brad Ritter
                    Hell, if you don't get bad press nowadays, you ain't doing anything.
                    "There's no such thing as bad publicity" -- or so the old saying goes.

                    JS
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