Grown men reenacting the Civil War has always seemed kind of weird to me. That was something I did that as a kid. Three years we spent in Petersburg, Virginia, we got to play war over the same ground that our forefathers had fought over a century early. But as I grew up, I found that I could run around in the woods without acting like I was Johnny Reb. The same goes for those who occupy the parks in many towns during the summer, acting like they’re knights, squires and wrenches in the seemingly ubiquitous Renaissance Fairs. Although wearing chainmail and having the ladies call me “MyLord” could be exciting, a reenactment of that period without the threat of the Black Death seems a little wimpish. The same goes for those groups that reenact being Mountain Men. Sitting around a campfire gnawing on a roasted beaver and sleeping on pine needs doesn’t do anything for me. Give me my thermo-rest pad at night and something other than an oversized rodent for dinner.
That said, I never thought they’d be a day that we’d have grown American men reenacting World War 2, with half of them dressed as Nazis and the other half as Soviets, fighting a battle on the Eastern Front. These are grown American men acting like two of our great enemies, and there are folks worried about the Democrats. Too bad Henry Gibson is no longer with us; he made such a perfect Nazi in “The Blues Brothers.” Of course, such a reenactment might be tolerable if Col. Klink and Sgt Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes were among the bunch. At least there would be laughs to compensate for wearing starched uniforms.
I came across the link to the Nazi-Soviet battle reenactment in Ultralighter's blog. Every week he highlights posts of hikes and hikers around the world. It’s quite common in the Georgia Mountains along the Appalachian Trail to find the United States Army out on maneuvers. The hiker who discovered these German soldiers setting up camp must have felt that he was in a time warp, one that also took him half way around the world, from Washington State to Western Russia.