Friday, September 28, 2012

push and roll plus time travel

Fall push and roll outings are both freedom for Patti after the hell’s kitchen of summer unfriendly Multiple Sclerosis temperatures and great caregiver exercise for me.

Certainly temperature and distance are always constants but when you can add time travel to the push and roll – well, it’s just a jump to the left and then a step to the right. Put your hands on your hips and … I’m digressing ... back to topic.

We pushed and rolled along the Army Heritage Trail back to the 1940’s and WWII at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s 2012 Fall WWII living history event Friday afternoon.

Their 1 mile trail is always interesting because of tanks, forts and such to see. It’s also our favorite place to train for the MS Walk, "Army Strong" signs everywhere and such. However when they add the reenactors for living history weekends - it’s the best! 

Hanging out with the Americans
Hanging out with the Americans we got to listen to “In the Mood” literally ‘cranking out’ on an old record player you had to crank up (note the handle) before putting on that Glen Miller 78 rpm record. Notice the Lucky Strike ‘red’ cigarettes on the cot. We learned that staging-area camps during WWII were named after various brands of American cigarettes, e.g. Camp Lucky Strike. All the hustle and bustle is a reenactment of induction & basic training camp.

German Afrika Korps
The German Afrika Korps tent was more about weapons and motors, including an awesome BMW motorcycle from North Africa campaign.  All the weapons you see in the picture fit into and on that motorcycle and side car gunner. The WWII Red Cross was represented by Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross). We also learned that unlike the Allies, the German Army allowed women in non-combat positions such as signal corps, transportation, etc.

Now the Russians … well Patti’s smile says it all. History is a party with the comrades in the Russian tent.  
History is a party with the comrades in the Russian tent.  
До свидания!   (dah svee-dah-nee-yah)  

by Patrick Leer

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  1. looks like a wonderful place to go to train and learn a bit of history and share a few laughs and many a smile!


  2. What a great experience. Patti looks fantastic!


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