Great pics! Man, I am sorry I missed it... again. Looks like the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz was taking care of everyone? How was the weather? Looks damp.
Oh, come on, sure you do.+1 on that. Some of these guys don't just look like they need an extra large uniform, they look like they need a extra large trench.
Don't mean to sound harsh,
You know, not to argue the point Jungles, because technically you are right, but it is an expensive hobby. Very few 22 year olds, lean and mean or not, can afford it and, let's face it; weight has always been a problem in all of reenacting and in society in general. Remember, WW1 was a total war that almost no one alive today remembers. It sucked up and devoured people on a scale that we have not seen for over 60 years and extensive training and conditioning that modern armies luxuriate in was not available in 1917, especially in European armies. Men were taken into service, overweight or not and even, in some cases, in poor health. They were given the basics of training and sent into the meat grinder to survive or be spit out. By photographic evidence, we know that some did not match your image of a soldier, especially Europeans whose armies suffered staggering loses.but to me, a reenactor should at least present a reasonable approximation of a "lean, mean, fightin' machine". That was one of my pet peeves about Bert Werner's recent and non inexpensive book about the arms, equipment and uniforms of the AEF in WW1. The reenactor photos in the book (which I believe included the author) contained far to many over-age, over-weight "soldiers", nothing like what the typical "real" doughboy looked like. Couldn't they have at least found some men of suitable age and physical condition, if they wanted to dress people up for color photo similations?
Paul, I wish you had left them, they were great and I appreciated seeing them as did others. The peanut gallery will always be around, good people shouldn't be bothered by their foolishness. Besides, now all we have is a picture of Gus waiting for the mail! Historically accurate, yes I'm sure, but like so much of the devastating photography of the damage done by WW1, frightening.......John,
I removed the photos because of the commentary from the peanut gallery. I posted the photos for enjoyment of my fellow members, but I did not post them to listen to critical commentary, especially from people who are talking out of their arse.
Gus, I agree wholehearteddy. And I darn near fell out of my chair when I saw that picture. I'll bet Maggie was rolling her eyes when she took that photo! As a side note, do you still have that much snow or is that a reenactment?Aww come on Jebber, why do they always have to degenerate into photos of me in my undies?
I believe that we have already done a thread of heavey and old German soldiers, by the last years of the war, every man who could hold a rifle was in uniform, unless they had a job of importance at home.
I enjoyed the photos, thanks for posting the Paul, I understand why you removed them, but it is possible that other posts on this thread should be removed. (like Jebbers post of me in my undies, I thouught only Tuco had a copy of that photo)
In more ways than one, I am sure. No way I would go back to the tail end of my teenage years. The world wasn't ready for it then and it certainly couldn't handle it now.Hey TP, as a 63 year old former USMC Viet-Nam vet, and a collector, I can truthfully say that I am almost twice the man I was when I went in the military way back when.
I understand completely, I am diabetic and I am lucky to have friends of many years in the hobby who know what to watch for. We'll just keep on keepin' on. More power to ya.I would love to be able to take part in re-enactments, but due to health conditions I cannot. However I have and will enjoy this hobby as long as I am able to draw breath, hopefully for many more years. As far as being overweight, look at it as a major investment,,, and how much money I would lose if I lost the weight,,,,,,
Thanks for telling us about tplan, I'll have to look it up. Paul, please put the pics back up, and more if you have them.On this whole weight issue, anyone who has not already needs to read the editor's column in the latest issue of Man at Arms. There is something of a proof there as to why we collectors need to put on extra weight for the good of society...I haven't stopped laughing yet:laugh:
Waite a minute, for the speedo, you would have to wear what you wear UNDER the speedo so........... Noooooooooo!......................
I do not have a speedo, but I could order one, and then I would ahve to go to the mail box yet again
Agreed. Wool retains warmth in cold weather and while you sweat in hot weather, the perspiration evaporates and cools you to a surprising degree. Polyester t-shirts and shorts are surprisingly hot when the temp gets up there. I think I have already mentioned this but at Civil War reenactments, always in warm and even hot months, I've seen more polyester wearing spectators go down from heat stroke than reenactors in wool................
It cools you immensely when evaporation starts.... Wool is great.
Now you've done it, Mr. Rat is all excited about going to Newville to check out some hot girl rats. He said he thought some one brought pigeons to Shimpstown wayyyy back? Know there used to be a heck of an artillery barrage simulated back then, good ole Maurice, may he rest in peace. Today the BATFE would be there in less than an hour.....What do you have now? How about Kalifornia?