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By Jenny Thompson

D-Day with seashore umbrellas within the distance? Troops ordering ice cream? American and German forces celebrating Christmas jointly within the barracks? this is able to purely be the curious global of 20th-century conflict reenactors. a comparatively contemporary and swiftly increasing phenomenon, reenactments within the usa of global warfare I, international conflict II, the Korean struggle, and the Vietnam battle now draw greater than 8,000 individuals a 12 months. generally males, those reenactors rejoice, have in mind, and re-create the tiniest information of the conflict of the Bulge within the Maryland Woods, D-Day on a seashore in Virginia, and WWI trench war in Pennsylvania.

Jenny Thompson attracts on seven years of fieldwork, own interviews, and surveys to seem into this becoming tradition. She seems to be at how the reenactors' close to obsession with possessing “authentic” army garments, weapons, paraphernalia, and automobiles frequently explodes into heated debates. War Games sheds mild at the methods humans really utilize background of their day-by-day lives and appears intensely into the which means of warfare itself and the way wars became the center of yankee historical past. The author's photos supply wonderful proof of the way “real” those battles can become.

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