On the 9th and 10th of June, 2012, The Atlantic Canadian WWII Living History Association put on a static display to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy for the invasion into German occupied Europe.
As usual, we had members dressed up as German army, as well as Russian red army, Canadian, and American.
Although the weather was not very cooperative with us, it sure did set the mood for the event as the D-Day landings were done in pretty lousy weather and was overcast. It was the same for our event.
Above is a picture of myself dressed up as a German soldier. The unit I’m portraying is GrosseDeutschland and am wearing a marksman lanyard with marksman medal, and carrying a Mauser K98.
It was my first time portraying German, I usually portray the West Nova Scotia Regiment which is a Canadian unit that took part in the Italian campaign.
I must admit that it felt different wearing a German uniform, but it did feel a lot more comfortable and not as irritating as the Canadian full wool battledress.
Above is the members that was portraying the German army for the D-Day event.
Above is a group shot of everyone who came out to attend the D-Day event.
Our display was visited by a lot of tourists who went to the Citadel to take the guided tours, and after the tour they would stop to visit our display and take in our display of kit the various soldiers carried on them.
It was great being able to meet people and tell them why we’re doing this and who the various members are portraying.
I found that while I was wandering through the Citadel courtyard, I was stopped by a lot of people asking why a German soldier was at the Citadel.
All in all, the event was a lot of fun, with good laughs and good times.
I am looking forward to the event in October in which we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt.
To sign off, I shall leave you with an action shot I was in, in which I am being chased by two 101st Airborne guys.
I could not do this with a straight face.