20th Century

Re-enacting 20th century wars seems a distinct part of the re-enactment scene and perhaps as much about collecting original uniform and equipment. Sometimes there is direct family history, and contemporary politics and interests can also intrude. Often these seem as harmless as the two Italophiles who bake pizza and ciabatta in their 1940s Italian army kitchens. A liking for rock n roll, Mash and Americana seemed to be shared by those portraying US paratroopers, while a more left-leaning personality seems drawn to the Red Army – though the availability of cheap Soviet uniforms and weapons is also an attraction. Modern sensibilities have most impact on representing Fascists and while it’s common to see the Wehrmacht or regular German army, people are very wary of groups that do depict the Waffen SS – not least because some also own a tank.