20th Century

Re-enacting 20th century wars seems a distinct part of the re-enactment scene with more interest in collecting original kit, some having family history, and also the occasional intrusion of contemporary interests. These can be as innocent as the Italophiles baking pizza and ciabatta in a 1940s Italian army kitchen, or how a group portraying US paratroopers share a liking for Americana, while a more left-leaning personality seems drawn to the Red Army. Depicting Axis powers is more difficult, so Wehrmacht re-enactors stress they’re the regular German army and people are wary of anyone in Waffen SS uniforms – not least because some own a tank.