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Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Oct 2008 7:48 p.m. PST

I just returned from Marching Thru History, which is a two-day military living history event. Along with a July event held at Ft. MacArthur in San Pedro, there are an amazing number of different reenactment groups. Romans, English Civil War, AWI, ACW, Landsknechts, Spanish-American War, Mexican-American War, WW1, WW2, and Vietnam among others.

Last year, I saw Spanish Civil War reenactors for the first time. This year, the "new kids on the block" were a small band of Anglo-Irish War reenactors depicting one of the Flying Columns.


mweaver Inactive Member13 Oct 2008 4:45 a.m. PST

Talking about a niche in a niche!

Gallowglass Inactive Member13 Oct 2008 10:30 p.m. PST

There's a reenactment group in Co. Kildare (at least, I think it's Kildare) that portrays both the 1920's IRA and the Auxiliary Division, R.I.C.

I'm not so sure that the IRA re-enactors are that new – maybe at this particular event. I had a link to a bunch of Third Cork Brigade reenactors – I think they wre in Maryland (not 100%).

Tell me, how were the accents?

dapeters14 Oct 2008 8:31 a.m. PST

There are a couple similar events on the East Coast, Military Through the Ages (Jamestown, VA) and Marching Through History (Maryland-DC.) It seems that some living history folk are like some gamers, they get tired of there period and some one says, hay won't this be cool (this is always something more exotic then their current period.) I know some guys that must have kits for 10 20 periods.

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian14 Oct 2008 9:59 a.m. PST

I didn't get a chance to check out the Flying Brigade types as I was constantly checking out other groups or taking pictures of the battles.

Several ACW Union troops also had uniforms for the Mexican-American and the Spanish-American wars. The coffee grinder gun jammed up early in the ACW battle, but the gatling was quite impressive suppressing the Spaniards on "San Juan Hill."

The WW1 demonstration was a bit touch-and-go for a little bit. They had one American soldier, and a couple of French colonial troops which wasn't nearly enough to take the German trench position with its dozen or so landsers. They managed to pull it off with the help of the Phillipino Scouts.


mweaver Inactive Member14 Oct 2008 1:29 p.m. PST

Spanish Civil War reenactors… flying brigade… Phillipino scouts… sounds like a fun event!

Personal logo muzik212 Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2008 9:38 a.m. PST

Wow there are others! I used to portray a member of the north cork flying column. Well outlined in Fitzsimmons "From Under the Lions Paw." I just got tired of being the only one at living histories. Guess Ill have to schedule a trip across the pond :)


Bardolph Inactive Member15 Oct 2008 9:26 p.m. PST

Back when I did MTA at Jamestown we used to joke about either doing the 1916 or a Gulf War CNN news crew.

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