But that's all coming later--today, I wanted to share some photos from my most recent excursion: the Battle of the Bulge event at Fort Indiantown Gap in PA. This was only my second WWII event, and was a completely different experience from the first. For starters, it was winter. Hooray for period outerwear! Whoo, we needed it! Second, unlike WWII Weekend at the MAAM, the Gap was only open to the public on Saturday (the last day of an almost week-long event); so instead of large public displays, for the most part this event was just reenactors doing their thing. It was super fascinating. I'll admit that I oscillated a lot between feeling in the thick of things and feeling like a complete outsider (an anthropologist of sorts, I suppose), but I enjoyed myself immensely.
Even better, I got some great shots! Which is more of a miracle than it may seem, because I shot exclusively with my retrofit Speed Graphic, which meant I was shooting blind a lot of the time.
|Setting up the Speed Graphic on a bunk in the women's barracks before a night out shooting|
|by the barracks|
|a knitting lesson|
|ATS forces drilling on post|
|Allied HQ, far left|
|Treatment of a stomach wound in the German field hospital|
|tending a head wound in the German field hospital|
|German troops fighting in the Ardennes, 1944 (via Wikipedia)|
|First men ahead of the main line|
|The Allied line moves forward|
|The remaining soldiers regroup towards the end of the skirmish--you can see the "casualties" in the distance to the right|