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I can understand preserving a bit of history but some people are taking it too far. I have met some re-enactors and to a man they all came across as guys trying to be soldiers because they couldn't get into the Army or could not hack it.
One guy even pretended to be ex para regt and sas at the age of 23, what a walt.
By all means do some for historical purposes but living it and making it your lifestyle, well thats a bit sad

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For sheer Heroic Goofiness I have to admire this guy, The Astronaut Reenactor. Seriously, who wouldn't love to have their own spacecraft in their garage?







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Reanactment is awesome. Keep up with it before it's gone, carry down the stories to the next generations.
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I wish that I lived in an area where I could see some. I would be very interested if they included historical discussions and background to what they are doing.
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I wish that I lived in an area where I could see some. I would be very interested if they included historical discussions and background to what they are doing.
Nope... they spend most of their time asking each other...

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Confederate reenacters get kind of the same look in the USA.

I would have liked to try a (US) Civil War enacting-there's quite a few groups here in Texas. Interestingly, a lot of the guys have both Union and CSA uniforms so balanced forces can be formed. The groups I've seen are very serious about it-not just the uniforms and gear, but also the skills involved, such as unit drill, reloading drill, marching, the whole nine yards.

Several historic forts here in Texas require the staff to be in period (and accurate) costume, includeing weapons. So technically there are 'professional' reenactors!
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I read a book on holiday last year called 'Confederates in the Attic' it was informative and very funny.
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I'm not a reenactor, but I think this is appropriate:


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Nothing against very large people per se; I personally know quite a few including a couple in my larger family. Aside from their obesity - which, if it's going to be a real problem is theirs, not mine - all the ones I know seem to be quite fine people.

That said, to my eyes a very obese person dressed up in re-enactment mode as a WW2 frontline combat soldier and possibly expecting to be taken 'seriously' is - how can I put it diplomatically - very difficult to take seriously? Not that taking historical re-enactors seriously is always an easy ask anyway; although I do have respect for those who take the trouble to properly research their subject matter and strive to achieve some sort of educational benefit along with the fun.

Hope I was able to get that across without offending anyone.
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That said, to my eyes a very obese person dressed up in re-enactment mode as a WW2 frontline combat soldier and possibly expecting to be taken 'seriously' is - how can I put it diplomatically - very difficult to take seriously?
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Nothing against very large people per se; I personally know quite a few including a couple in my larger family. Aside from their obesity - which, if it's going to be a real problem is theirs, not mine - all the ones I know seem to be quite fine people.

That said, to my eyes a very obese person dressed up in re-enactment mode as a WW2 frontline combat soldier and possibly expecting to be taken 'seriously' is - how can I put it diplomatically - very difficult to take seriously? Not that taking historical re-enactors seriously is always an easy ask anyway; although I do have respect for those who take the trouble to properly research their subject matter and strive to achieve some sort of educational benefit along with the fun.

Hope I was able to get that across without offending anyone.

Yup - agreed and well said!! We have a closed FB forum for our group, and one of our group members posted a picture of someone, dressed in a milary uniform who was about the size of the Herman Goring impersonator already seen in this thread........the caption on the picture stated "Re-enactment......a hobby that allows fat people to dress as soldiers"

Sadly it is true.....and no matter how I try, and the research I've done into my impression to get period articles or repros right frm an authenticity perspective.......clearly someone who is 6 feet tall and 210lbs will never quite look right for a 1944, Panzer Lehr Grenadier......who is low on rest, low on food and low on hope.....

I just look too damned well fed and rested!! But Europeans are generally bigger now overall than they were 70 years ago -so I do my best!!!
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I read a book on holiday last year called 'Confederates in the Attic' it was informative and very funny.
There are a couple of interesting articles on written about the book including a very intelligent and well thought out reply to the book written by Rob Hodge, the Hardcore reenactor who served as sometime guide and intepreter to Tony Horowitz as he journeyed through the South on the civil war trail. His humor and passion for his hobby put him at the better end of the reenacting spectrum.



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I am of two minds on reenactments/ors.

For a short while, I toyed with the idea of getting into Civil War reenactment. American history has been one of my obsessions since I was a small boy, and it seems like a natural extension thereof.

However, I have never served in the military. I do not feel comfortable dressing up in the uniform of a serviceman (no matter if it's from 150 years ago) and playing soldier. I'm not a soldier, and there is something that seems disrespectful about it.

That said, there are reenactors who are masters of their craft and use their skills to promote historical interpretation. I believe this is a positive. I know the "if just one child..." argument is disparaged by some bloggers and whatnot, but honestly, if watching a reenactment or hokey film creates a future scholar or just someone who cares about their own past, then yes...it is worth it.

tl;dr version: I see the value of reenactments, although I would never personally play soldier.

However, I do dig interpretation of lifestyles of historical eras. I'm currently working on an 18th century trans-Allegheny longhunter's outfit.
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