20th Century

The 20th century re-enactment scene appears to be as much about collecting original uniform and equipment as it is about re-enactment. It can also seem an extension of contemporary interests, often quite innocently. So there are two Italophiles who bake pizza and ciabatta with their Italian army mobile kitchens (they showed me the Italian army recipe book and its much-thinner British counterpart). A liking for rock n roll, 50s cars, Mash and Americana in general seemed to be shared by those portraying US paratroopers, while a more left-leaning personality seemed drawn to the Red Army – though one attraction was the ready availability of original Soviet gear. Modern sensibilities have most impact on depicting Fascists, so I’ve never seen anyone pretending to be on Franco’s side in the Spanish Civil War and WW2 Germans tend to stress they are in Wehrmacht uniform. People are wary of the groups that do depict the Waffen SS – not least because they also own a tank.