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Living History

Activities from the 1930's and 40's

A lot of the fun of reenacting is dressing up in period attire and participating in period activities. At every event our members enjoy performing the typical activities of continental Europe in the 1930's and 40's. When you walk into our camp or barracks the site, smell and feel will take you back to another time and another place.

Playing cards, adding hobnails to boots, patching uniforms, cooking period food, playing chess, enjoying good drink, listening to music and radio broadcasts, reading history, working on period paperwork, taking photos, discussing history, cleaning weapons, assembling combat gear, playing music, standing guard duty, practicing marching and rifle drill, learning how to operate new weapons, singing, meeting new people, riding bikes, painting helmets, working on the truck, reading papers and magazines, writing letters, studying period language commands, and thousands of additional activities.

Tactical Engagements

Combat and Battle

The most realistic and exhilarating activity is certainly the tactical engagements. Allied and Axis units face off in a weekend long battle. All weapons are adapted to fire blanks, creating the most realistic battlefield experience anywhere.

You find yourself volunteering for a midnight patrol, maneuvering under the cover of darkness, someone fires a flare and then all hell breaks loose. The Americans are storming your position, you're out gunned and mortar rounds are coming in over your head, what do you do? After a protracted engagement you realize the gunfire has stopped and your're the only one left unharmed on the battlefield. You're on point and suddenly a shot rings out, you're hit! You pull your last grenade from your belt and prepare to throw while the squad machine gun is providing you with cover; then dart to the next piece of cover. The village is about to be overrun, you better get the hell out of there. The look of shock and surprise is on his face as you snatch him wandering away from camp alone in the dark, you've just caught your first prisoner. All of these activities occur at our events.

Public Displays

Public Living History & Battle Reenactment

This one is for everyone. Allied and Axis units create an amazing display of period weapons, vehicles and thousands of other items for everyone to view. You can meet our unit members and see how items are worn and used. Talk to them, learn about their impressions and why they do what they do. This is a great opportunity to see the full spectrum of activities and impressions.

Attended by the Americans, British, Russians, Germans, Italians and more, the public events are a great opportunity to meet new people and see each units amazing collection of artifacts. GD also uses these opportunities to provide training on period activities for the men. You might catch us out on the parade ground practicing marching and rifle drill or awarding one of our soldiers.

The public events also frequently have a demonstration battle. Although typically not very tactical, it is performed in an open area for easy viewing, but with pyrotechnics it provides an exciting opportunity to see us in action.

Film & Photography

On Film and in the Movies

GD has been sought after by film makers and photographers. Our commitment to excellence and impeccable impressions have won us a lot of attention. The units insistence on knowing all the details, German language commands, visually stunning details, weapons and know how make our members an authentic detail in any story. Our members have acted in feature length films, documentaries and television. Photographers have used our pictures in shows, books and on the web. We are looking forward to acting on camera or posing for pictures in the future. A photographer or writer may even portray a war time reporter and join the unit at a tactical event getting a great story and a lot of photos. Perhaps you can join us in one of these opportunities.

If you are working on a project, film, photos or would like to do a story on GD please Contact Us

Education, History & Research

Sweat Saves Blood

5. Kompanie / Grossdeutschland uses every opportunity to train and educate its members. This ranges quite literally from the operation of a machine gun to how to play a game of cards. Our lessons are not just theoretical, but every effort is made to put every bit of it into practice.

Recent training and educational activities have included instruction on WWII German squad tactics, meticulously researched and replicated paperwork, authentically prepared food and drink, laying of telephone lines, digging a machine gun nest, phone & radio communications, operating a medium mortar, German language commands, WWII medical treatment, singing, field camouflage methods, marching and rifle drill, signal flares, construction of foxholes, how to stand sentry duty, bicycle reconnaissance missions and much more.

Additionally, every event has its own theme, place and time. Each providing an opportunity to learn a bit of history, and experience just a little of what it may have been like to be in the rugged hills of Italy, the beaches and bocage of Normandy, and villages in Italy, France and Germany.

Kamaraderie

Food, Friends and Fun

Perhaps the best of all reasons to join our unit! Kamaraderie in our unit is a unique experience. The kind that can only come from time spent together in a physically and mentally challenging environment, a condition hard to find in todays world. All of our members have become lifelong friends.

We have learned that this is also a fabulous activity for family members to participate in. Fathers frequently bring their older sons out in the field with them, bonding under the excitement of combat conditions, teaching them history and enjoying each others company.

Unknown to many, the German military system stressed the importance of bonds created through friendship and kamaraderie. From the highest to the lowest rank, it was the only military in the world of its time to have broken down class distinction. Leaders were to know, experience, and understand the trials and tribulations of the men they commanded. In turn every man knew and respected his commander, and began to refer to them as "Papa" and "Mutter".

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