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Living History Events for WWII Buffs

Photo: Project Liberty Ship
If you missed the WWII Reenactment Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania, this Spring, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy living history in the great outdoors all across the country.

Project Liberty Ship offers historic cruises along the East Coast throughout the summer and fall. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation of the Liberty Ship S.S. JOHN W BROWN as a living memorial to the men and women who built the great Liberty Fleet and to the merchant seamen and Naval Armed Guard who sailed the ships across all oceans of the world. These voyages into history feature tours of the ship, dancing to 1940s music of a live big band, a flyby of WW II vintage aircraft, and more. Visit for this year's seafaring schedule.

Photo: 30th Infantry
This August brings three chances to play soldier at reenactment events throughout the U.S. From August 3-4, visit the Fleming Field in South St. Paul, Minnesota, for the CAF Airshow. The 117th IR, 30th Inf. Div., HRS and other Minnesota reenactors will be setting up a Living History Display for both days, and Saturday night features a huge Hangar Dance with a live big band. Allied (American, British Commonwealth, and Soviet) Impressions preferred-Axis Impressions by prearrangement only! For more information, check the 117th's Web page at

Later that month, there will be an early war South Pacific battle event at Camp White Eagle in Leaf River, Illinois, 25 miles South of Rockford, August 23-24. Visitors must be a member of a WWII Reenactment Society and are asked to bring camping equipment, tent and meals. The cost ranges from $30-$45, depending on the length of stay. Email for details.

Also, August 24-27, there will be a 29-hour town battle representing Italy in 1944, sponsored by The World War 2 Living History Regiment. The battle fee includes two meals, and there will be some light armor on both sides. For full details, drop a line to

Looking for an overseas adventure? History Express™ offers The Ultimate World War II Tour from June 23-July 6, a 14-day voyage that takes visitors through Germany, Poland and Austria, covering the history of these countries under the Third Reich. Travelers will visit Poland's major cultural sights, as well as sites in Germany and Austria marked by Hitler's dictatorship. This in-depth tour is led by knowledgeable tour managers, historians and expert local guides, who present the inside story of Germany's invasion of Poland and its tragic struggle throughout WWII.

Participants travel on authentic 1930s and 1940s trains built and used during the 3rd Reich from Danzig to Krakow, Vienna and Salzburg. First class railway cars, a dining car serving refreshments, lectures in the meeting car and musical entertainment on board are all part of the vintage train service. First class coaches await at each destination to provide transfers to first class hotels and sightseeing programs. For full details, visit Finally, for those who want to plan ahead, offers loads of WWII event listings on their site at


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