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Posted by John Thomas on Saturday, 20 July 2013 in Uncategorized

  The 1st I.D. Reenactment Group was at the Armed Forces History Museum on Saturday 7-13-2013 for their Summer Series of events. (See our Upcoming Events page)

  During this summer at the Museum, our primary theme will be 1943 Invasions.

  We focused the event on two U.S. invasions during 1943; Tarawa and Makin Islands. These two invasions took place in the Pacific Theatre of the war.

  The invasion of the Tarawa Atoll was undertaken by the USMC, with a little help from the USN.

  The invasion of the Makin Atoll was undertaken by the US Army, again with some assistance from the USN.

 These two invasions were costly investments in lives by the United States in our drive across the Pacific. Many lessons were learned which would be put to use in future Invasions in the Pacific.

  Several reencators showed up to the event from the 1st I.D., the 39th I.D., the 101st Airborne, as well as a few free lancers. We had reenactors depicting the USMC and the US Army(Pacific). We also had a USMC/USN Pilot impression which added to the overall apppeal of the event.

  The group is trying a new approach to this summer's events in which we begin the presentation with a talk with the attending public in a seperate room from where the majority of the reenactors are stationed. We discuss with the public the events which have transpired prior to and leading up to the Invasion that we are focusing on. We then lead the public into the room with the reenactors where they enter into an invasion briefing in progress. This briefing is being conducted by an Officer or NCO. The briefing includes a topographical "style" map. The various reenactors present are brought into play to showcase their contribution/role in the upcoming invasion. The room/area chosen for the Invasion briefing usually has a museum display appropriate to the actual invasion. The 1st I.D. Group has supplemented this "stage" with various WW2 objects such as crates, weaponry, and packs and such. After the briefing, weaponry, uniforms and equipment is discussed with the public and a weapons demonstration outdoors follows. The presentation then returns to the briefing area after a short break where the public is explained how the Invasion and subsequent battle ultimately historically unfolded. A quetsion/answer and discussion period  usually follows. We try to do at least two of these presentations on the given Saturday.

  Overall, our first go at this presentation was successful and we will be fine tuning it as the summer progresses. Our Thanks goes out to the Museum and its fine staff for their assistance in making the events a success.

  I ask that all reenactors wishing to attend the event contact me prior to going so that we may discuss the uniform/weapon/equipment they plan on bringing and coordinate it to the event.











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