2004 Photos

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Torrance - November

Burlington - October

Odessa - September

Good Springs - April

Torrance

Our first event that we helped put on!  Here is a view of our Head Quarters, where the battle plan was hatched, troops positioned, enemy movements plotted, and a winning strategty formulated.

Our MG-42 being positioned to rake the advancing Allied forces, be they the beleagured Paratroopers or the ill-fated XXX Corps.  Either one makes good target practice.

 

Herr Goering's finest even joined the show, giving us precise reports of enemy movements and concentrations.  Lucky for us, fog in Normandy and England kept the Allied airforces grounded. 
Can you find the hidden PAK-36 Anti-tank gun?  Neither could the Allies, until it was too late.  Time to paint some more kill rings on the barrel.

 

Uh oh! Every citizen fear's the old "Paper Please!" Let's see if they make it.
I guess not!!!

 

You're going the wrong way! - How do they know which way we are going?

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Burlington

Our troop tent, riverside in lovely Burlington, New Jersey.  A great event, especially for an inaugural event. The public received us with great enthusiasm.
Here we see some members from LARA, the Luftwaffe reenactors group, who have commandeered our fire.  Panzer Rich is getting ready to boot the fly boys into the river!
Actually, there was a LOT of camaraderie amongst all the reenactors present, across all the time periods represented.  We even got a chance to fire off some Civil War cannons, which was a blast!  (Yuck-yuck-yuck!)

 

Here we see a future Ilsa, She-Devil of the Waffen-SS getting her first chance to hold an MP-40.  Look at Dad-He's so proud!

Seriously, despite iffy weather, public turn-out was strong, and there was a lot of interest and enthusiasm for all of the reenactors, from Rev War to Vietnam.  In short, it was a great event.
Our efforts to recruit amongst the local population was met with overwhelming support.  Here we see a candidate for the Bad Tolze Junker Schule's Junge Volk Program .

 

Our goal was to demonstrate what the life of the average Landser of the Waffen-SS was about.  Educating the public about the time period is one of the great elements of the hobby, and displays like this make it "come to life".  Here we see some typical personal belongings of a soldier, including their flashlight, stove, wallet, ID papers, mess kit, eating utensils, etc. 

Informing the public that we are a kinder,more gentle Waffen SS.

 

Of course, after a hard day of living history, we had to hit the local watering hole.  While we may have scared a few of the locals, we made many friends along the way, and had a beer or three.  Maybe more...
Who knew that amongst our ranks were accomplished River-Dance veterans?  While hob-nails and polished wooden floors don't mesh so well, we can at least say we made our mark on Burlington.

May I present to you our dance troupe, "The Hohenstaufen Heffers" as they perform a stirring rendition of their interpretive dance routine entitled "Bier ist mein Freund", a gripping tale of life at the front best experienced in person.  Look for the 2005 "Victory for the Fatherland" tour to kick off at FIG in January.

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Odessa

Soldaten getting ready.
Getting ready to move out, with armor in the lead.  

 

They line up.
Even the "Alte Hasse" (Old Hands) are in good spirits.  The coming struggle will be tough, and despite the difficulties experienced thus far, confidence and hopes remain high. 

 

The KampGruppe is being bolstered by some Heer Truppen.
"Ah, yes, there they are.  As soon as our artillery barage lifts, we move in.  They have no idea we are here!  We shall smash them like rotten fruit!  Radio Headquarters that we are in position and ready!"

 

Our Commander, early July 1944, getting a first hand view of the lay of the land.  Being a proper Waffen-SS officer, in the tradition of "hand's on" leadership, he is at the front lines, reconitoring the area directly.
The troops line up, getting ready to receive their orders for the upcoming attack.

 

A final briefing on the plan of attack.
The Kubel and the 251 are stripped of some of their camoflague to allow the drivers to see, gas tanks are topped up, and they are ready to roll towards the sounds of the guns.

 

All German vehicles in Normandy, even those like this one behind the frontlines, need to be camoflagued heavily.  Allied Fighter Bombers (Ja-Bo's in German slang) are always present, and look to pounce from the sky like a cat with its prey.
Making Battle Plans back at Camp, directing his forces against the Allied push in Normandy.

 

The reports from the front are not encouraging-The Englander are attacking around Caen again, and there seem to be few reserves to call upon.  Once again, every soldier is being asked to give their utmost to hold the line.
"Attack here, and put pressure on their flank. I'll call and get you artillery support.  Be prepared to move out in 30 minutes!"

Normandy, France Summer 1944, or Upstate NY 2004? 

 

The runner up front tells the embattled PAK crew:  "Vorsicht!  Headquarters will be counter attacking within the hour.  Your orders are to hold this hill at all costs.  ACHTUNG!  AMERIKANER!" 
The camp is checked for stragglers.  Every man is needed, this is a maximum effort operation.  The Allies need to be pushed back.   

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Good Springs

 

"They're moving across the ridge!!!!"
Steady..... Steady....

It is always fun when armor makes it out into the field, and we encourage more Allied units to bring their toys out, as we can always use the target practice!  Seriously, we always like to see units upgrade their impression with vehicles.  Its what makes our version of reenacting so much fun.

(M3 Halftrack above belongs to
6th Cavalry)

 

Come on, Ivan, come on.
Well, he WAS a hero of the Motherland...

 

 

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