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Re-Enacting History: Tanks, Rocket Launchers and 300 Jeeps...Oh My!

Where: Paddock Wood, Kent, United Kingdom
June 26, 2009 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Along with the tasty barbeques and popping fireworks of the middle of summer come the re-enactments of historical battles. To help you plan fun excursions to watch guns go off, we're listing our favorite battle re-enactment sites all this week. Any suggestions or questions? Let us know.

Let's be real here for a moment: as we've rounded up all of our favorite military re-enactments this week, we've just been holding out for the one featuring as many tanks as possible, and we think we've found it: The War & Peace Show in Kent, England.

Billed as "The Largest Military Vehicle Spectacular In the World," the War & Peace show gathers all of the green and drab-painted, rocket-launching, all-terrain-running machines out there for four days—July 22-26— of trading wartime tidbits on a farm outside of London. The action doesn't end there however, as parades of both axis and allied re-enactors march by, 1940s fashions walk a runway, 4x4 owners drive an offroad course, and helicopter rides take fair attendees for 10-minute rides over the English countryside.

Really though, all they had to do was say "we've got tanks," and we'd be there.

Related Stories:
· War and Peace Show 2009 [Official Site]
· Historical Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: War and Peace Show]

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Re-Enacting History: Battle Of Britain Rages Again This Weekend

Where: Evesham, United Kingdom, WR11 7PA
June 25, 2009 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Along with the tasty barbeques and popping fireworks of the middle of summer come the re-enactments of historical battles. To help you plan fun excursions to watch guns go off, we're listing our favorite battle re-enactment sites all this week. Any suggestions or questions? Let us know.

You don't much more hardcore than driving amphibious DUKW vehicles, setting off pyrotechnics, calling in the British Legion and enlisting more than twenty re-enactment societies to carry out a weekend of World War II encampment outside of Birmingham, UK. Don't worry, there will also be a beer tent at this weekend's "Wartime In the Vale" at Ashdown World War 2 Camp spectacle.

Beginning with a salute flight on Saturday as a memorial to the Battle of Britain, the re-enactments and 1940s festivities hit high gear on Saturday night with live entertainment by "The Forces Sweethearts," a war song singalong, and a burlesque performance by Kitten Von Mew.

If you happen to fly into Birmingham on a European LCC this weekend and have some time to kill, or can make the trip over from London, tickets for the weekend are £6 per adult, or £12 for a whole family. We say drop the kiddies off in the children's area with mini Land Rover rides and make a bee-line for the bomb displays and aforementioned beer tent.

Related Stories:
· Wartime In the Vale: Ashdown WW2 Camp [Official Site]
· Historical Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: BrianTaylor42]

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Re-Enacting History: Revolutionary Germantown in Philly

Where: 6401 Germantown Avenue [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States
June 24, 2009 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Along with the tasty barbeques and popping fireworks of the middle of summer come the re-enactments of historical battles. To help you plan fun excursions to watch guns go off, we're listing our favorite battle re-enactment sites all this week. Any suggestions or questions? Let us know.

So you've seen a little French & Indian War action and even some Samurai swordplay, but nothing's more prevalent in the Northeast when it comes to re-enacting battles than the Revolutionary War, and Philadelphia has your fix.

When the leaves begin to fall in October, war history buffs will get together in the historical quarter of Philly to re-enact the 1777 Battle of Germantown, the only conflict within city limits. Aside from shooting blanks, there will be eight historic sites to visit where you can interact with locals who love their city's olden days. While there is a fee of $10 to visit all of the spots of the festival, it encompasses traditional residences and a shuttle bus between all points. And let's face it; this re-enactment is fare more convenient to NYC-dwelling folk than the Fort Niagara one.

Related Stories:
· Revolutionary Germantown [Official Site]
· Revolutionary Germantown Festival [GoPhila]
· Historical Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: michael feagan]

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Re-Enacting History: Swordfighting And Samurais In Mt. Fuji's Shadow

Where: Yamanashi, Japan
June 23, 2009 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Along with the tasty barbeques and popping fireworks of the middle of summer come the re-enactments of historical battles. To help you plan fun excursions to watch guns go off, we're listing our favorite battle re-enactment sites all this week. Any suggestions or questions? Let us know.

Back in the 16th century when warlords Shingen and Kenshin were fighting for territory around the area which is currently Nagano prefecture near Tokyo, a series of deadly battles took place at Kawanakajima, killing over 7,000 samurai by both sword and gun—or seppuku ritual suicide for the wounded.

These days, a battle is re-enacted every April with over 900 volunteer warriors dressed in armor and costumes of the period, but the battle grounds have moved further inland to Yamanashi prefecture. It's actually an area of popular natural spas, so bring your swimsuit and prepare for a weekend of relaxation and watching fake disembowelment.

To reach Yamanashi, take the JR Chuo Line train for 90 minutes from Shinjuku Station to Isawa Onsen Station. If you love historical re-enactments, sushi and long plane flights, this would be the battle for you.

Related Stories:
· Isawa Onsen [att-Japan]
· Historical Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Japan Today]

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Re-Enacting History: Battle of Fort Niagara's July Fourth Bash

June 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Along with the tasty barbeques and popping fireworks of the middle of summer come the re-enactments of historical battles. To help you plan fun excursions to watch guns go off, we're listing our favorite battle re-enactment sites all this week.. Any suggestions or questions? Let us know.

With the Fourth of July coming up way too quickly, we've got to start deciding on where we'll be unfolding our portable chairs and breaking out the iced tea, and New York State's Old Fort Niagara Historic Site seems like a serious contender with their scheduled 2,300-strong re-enactment of the 1759 siege of the Fort. Although the siege actually lasted three weeks, this year's 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War will only be a weekend of remembrance.

Head up to the limestone "French Castle" fort, see artillery barrages, musket volleys and skirmishes from the fort's walls, stroll through the re-enactors' "living history camps" and watch demonstrations of 18th-century military life. Or just eat hot dogs and take pictures with people wearing period outfits; whatever floats your boat.

Related Stories:
· Old Fort Niagara [Official Site]
· Siege re-enactment draws thousands of history buffs to New York's Fort Niagara [USA Today]
· Historical Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: David Duprey, AP]