82nd Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment WWII Reenactors

82nd Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment WWII Reenactors A WWII Re-enactment Group Our goal is to use World War II re-enacting as an educational tool. Our hope is to bring both the participant and the viewer to a time in the past.
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To bring back to life, at least in some measure, life as it was like for a member of the service during the Second World War. We engage in numerous activities; from staging mock battles, to providing demonstrations, as well as participating in parades and displays. It is also our goal to help those interested in participating to establish a reenacting impression, thereby continuing to teach others about life during World War II.

To bring back to life, at least in some measure, life as it was like for a member of the service during the Second World War. We engage in numerous activities; from staging mock battles, to providing demonstrations, as well as participating in parades and displays. It is also our goal to help those interested in participating to establish a reenacting impression, thereby continuing to teach others about life during World War II.

Mission: We are dedicated to honor and remember a generation for their sacrifices, and to educate future generations.

Operating as usual

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
11/27/2020

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

WETSU Airborne Community
11/25/2020

WETSU Airborne Community

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Thompson, 35, had just jumped into combat with the 82nd Airborne as a war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He would push through the invasion of Sicily with the men of the 505th PIR having previously jumped with the 509th into North Africa. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sicily, however, was his final jump of the war.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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National WWI Museum and Memorial
11/11/2020

National WWI Museum and Memorial

A quick history of Veterans Day: Firing on the Western Front ended on 11/11/18. After 4 years of fighting, an eerie silence fell across the battlefields of Europe. As victory news spread, great crowds poured into the streets in Allied cities to celebrate Germany's signing of the Armistice.

Celebration soon turned to sober remembrance of all that was lost. Armistice Day was officially recognized by Wilson in 1919. Congress established it as a federal holiday in 1938. A few years after WWII, Veterans Day was officially designated to honor vets of all American wars.

WETSU Airborne Community
10/13/2020

WETSU Airborne Community

During the Battle of the Bulge, the 82nd Airborne Division was digging in along the front lines in Ardennes while three other divisions on offense (the 7th Armored Division, the 9th Armored Division, the 106th Division) moved to the rear. A tank destroyer from the 7th Armored Division moving back passed a lone 82nd trooper digging a foxhole. The vehicle commander stopped the vehicle and asked the trooper if this was the frontline. The trooper, Private First Class Thomas Martin, Company F, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, replied, “Are you looking for a safe place?” The tank destroyer commander replied that he was. Martin said “Well, buddy, just pull your vehicle behind me. I am the 82nd Airborne and this is as far as the bastards are going.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Decades after the Battle of the Bulge, the quote was placed on the this image with a cool picture of a dirty, tough trooper named Private First Vernon K. Haught, also in the Division's 325th Glider Regiment. The picture was taken in January, 1945 near Ordimont, Belgium. Haught was returning from guard duty in the image.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It wasn't until the mid-1960s, when this poster became popular, that the "....this is far as the bastards are going" quote would become part of All American lore.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The best fed army during WWII!
10/07/2020

The best fed army during WWII!

K-Rations—They remain one of the great icons of World War II. Soldiers either loved them or hated them. They were often overused because of their convenience, but they were still highly regarded by soldiers who needed them during combat. No matter what, they left a lasting impression on the men who consumed them. During their six years of production, millions upon millions were produced.

K-Rations were developed primarily for the Airborne. Canned C-Rations were deemed too heavy for the airborne troops who were already expected to jump into combat with twice to three times the weight in ammunition and explosives expected to be carried by regular infantry.

K-Rations were issued as one day’s ration. In a single box were three sub-boxes equating to three meals a day. Each meal consisted of two types of small biscuits and a can of meat. Also included was a beverage powder soluble in hot or cold water with sugar. To top it off a confection was included. This was either candy or chocolate to raise the calorific contents of the ration.

And, therein lay a problem. The K-Ration (all three meals combined for a day) provided a soldier 2,830 calories. Only 50% of the calories, however, were coming from glucose. The other 50% from fructose. It was not known at the time that only glucose calories feed muscle. The fructose calories were useless. So, only half of the calories were truly sustaining a soldier’s fighting abilities.

By comparison, todays MREs average 1,250 calories each, and are issued two a day totaling 2,500 calories, but with a higher emphasis on protein and “good carbs.”

The other challenge is that the K-Rations left soldiers feeling hungry. A fruit bar was added later to include some fiber in the rations to counteract this problem.

Eventually cigarettes and toilet paper were added to the K-Rations, both sometimes becoming more valuable for trade than currency.

The early war K-Ration weighed 2 3/4 pounds. With The extras added, the weight was finally raised to 3 pounds and 2 ounces.

The companies that helped produce K-rations read like a “Who’s Who” of corporate America. They include H.J. Heinz and Republic Foods who produced the meat component; Peter Paul’s and Charms—the candy; Nescafe—the coffee; Miles Labs—lemon juice powder; Jack Frost—sugar tablets; Beeman’s, Wrigley’s, and Dentyne—gum; Camel, Chesterfield, Philip Morris, Fleetwoods, and Marvels—cigarettes.

Each producer was allowed a slight variation on what they could incorporate into the K-Rations in order to give troops a sense of variety.

Who produces our K-Rations? Several fellas on our team. These shown here were produced by our Senior Rigger and Officer in Charge of our Rigger Section. We’ll be feasting on these sometime in the future, so stay tuned! Holiday meals are right around the corner!

Photo, K-Ration, Breakfast, Dinner, Supper, plus accessories. By Ken Larsen

WWII Airborne Demonstration Team
08/26/2020

WWII Airborne Demonstration Team

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to America’s Guard of Honor. The 82nd All American Division turns 103 years old today. On this day, August 25, 1917, 82nd Infantry Division was organized at Camp Gordon, Georgia.

The division was made up completely of conscripted U.S. soldiers. These young men came from all over the U.S. and represented all 48 U.S. States (Alaska and Hawaii hadn't become states yet). It was with this in mind that the commanding officer, Major General Eben Swift, gave the division it’s name, the All American Division.

During WWII, the 82nd Infantry Division, now commanded by Major General Ridgway, became the first airborne division in the history of the U.S. Army. On August 15, 1942, it was designated as the 82nd Airborne Division.

WWII is where the 82nd came of age—although nothing can take away from its first role model, Sergeant Alvin York. During WWII the 82nd accrued more than 400 combat days between Sicily, Italy, France (where it had fought in WWI), the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

It was during the Battle of the Bulge in the face of a Nazi Panzer attack that one 82nd soldier said the famed phrase, “I am the 82nd Airborne and this is as far as the b-stards are going.” He and daring soldiers like him paved the way to what the 82nd is today—our nation’s safeguard in peace and its most powerful rapid response force in defense.

From everyone on our team to all who have served in the 82nd Airborne Division or who are serving now, Happy Birthday! We salute you. You are among the elite in our military who carry on a tradition of courage, character, and vision that inspires a nation. Thank you! All The Way!

08/17/2020
82nd Airborne Division

82nd Airborne Division

On this day 80 years ago, the Parachute Test Platoon conducted the first U.S. Army Airborne Operation and that historic moment is why August 16th is #NationalAirborneDay! As the world's only Airborne Division, the 82nd takes great pride in its Airborne heritage.

08/06/2020
World War II Film

World War II Film

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division preparing to board transport, ca 1944. National Archives.

08/04/2020
Photos from 82nd Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment WWII Reenactors's post
07/31/2020

Photos from 82nd Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment WWII Reenactors's post

07/27/2020
War History Online

War History Online

Traces the history of the "All-American" 82nd Airborne Division, the first Army airborne division. Focuses on action in World War II.

Celebrating Independence Day
07/06/2020
Celebrating Independence Day

Celebrating Independence Day

The celebration began Saturday morning with flashing lights and a parade lining more than 75 participants strong.Attendees were asked to stay in family

More 4th of July Parade Pictures
07/05/2020

More 4th of July Parade Pictures

The 505th PIR at the Hutchinson 4th of July Parade
07/04/2020

The 505th PIR at the Hutchinson 4th of July Parade

06/11/2020
04/28/2020
World War II History Center

World War II History Center

Facebook admins finally got to us. They started deleting posts on the WWII History Center's 352.Infanterie-Division group yesterday. Just now they deleted the whole group.

Our WWII reenacting units, American and German, exist to remember a generation, honor their sacrifices and educate future generations. We are nonprofit and completely apolitical. Facebook unilaterally coming in and deleting our page, calling it offensive and in violation of community rules, is in and of itself offensive and ironic. We serve to educate the public about the very hate speech, discrimination and violence Facebook claims us to be in violation of. We don't glorify Nazi Germany and the Third Reich. We exist so people won't forget it.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” -George Santayana

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WWII Airborne Demonstration Team
04/03/2020

WWII Airborne Demonstration Team

We’re pausing tonight to mourn the loss but celebrate the life of WWII hero U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) James “Maggie” Megellas. He passed away peacefully this evening at age 103.

LTC Megellas served as a platoon commander in H Company, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division. During his military career he earned the distinction as "the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division." His awards and recognition include a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, and nomination for the Medal of Honor.

During his career and his work in retirement, LTC Megellas earned a reputation for strength during times of trial and humility during times of success. He devoted his life to inspiring the soldiers and civilians alike to lead from a place of courage and character. And, he made his spiritual faith a central part of his message.

Megellas was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and attended Ripon College in the nearby town of Ripon. The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred mid-way through his senior year. He participated in the school’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and, upon graduation in May ‘42, he received a commission as a second lieutenant.

Megellas was originally assigned to the Signal Corps but grew tired of it. He volunteered to become a paratrooper so he could “see some action.” He was assigned to the 504th, the famed “Devils in Baggy Pants.” He first experienced combat in the mountains outside Naples, Italy, where he was wounded and briefly hospitalized.

Once Megellas was returned to the lines, he was wounded again. The fighting was severe, and it was not until April before his regiment was withdrawn.

Due to the losses at Anzio, the 504th did not participate in the D-Day invasion. Their next entry into combat was during Operation Market Garden when the 504th parachuted into the Netherlands.

Megellas took part in the crossing of the Waal River near Nijmegen, where the American forces crossed the river in flimsy boats while under heavy machine gun fire. During the day’s fighting, Megellas single-handedly attacked a German observation post and machine gun nest. For these actions, he was awarded the U.S. military’s second-highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross.

In late December 1944, the regiment was rushed into the Battle of the Bulge. On January 28, 1945 Megellas’ platoon was advancing towards Herresbach, Belgium. Struggling through heavy snow and freezing cold, they surprised 200 Nazi soldiers who were advancing out of the town. During the fighting an enemy tank began firing at them. Megellas ran towards it and single-handedly disabled it, neutralizing its crew using nothing but grenades. He then led his men as they cleared and seized the town. Not one of his men was killed or injured.

He was nominated for the Medal of Honor shortly afterward, but the account of his actions was not included in the original battle reports, so he was instead awarded the Silver Star. Throughout the war, Megellas served with Company H, 504 PIR, which he would later come to command. In January 1946 he led his company down Fifth Avenue in New York City in the Victory Parade.

We invite you to share your photos or memories here of LTC. Megellas. At a time when our country is experiencing so many challenges, join us in drawing courage and inspiration from the life from this All American hero. If we don’t do that, we’ve missed the point of having great men like this in our midst.

After retiring from the Army, LTC Megellas devoted his time to advocating for an end to war as anything but a last resort in resolving disputes and for people to serve their country by devoting their energies to serving their communities and each other. Well done, Sir, and thank you!

For James Megellas (1917-2020). Strike Hold

Photo by Justin Connaher on Flickr at https://flic.kr/p/hrmdhT

Battle of the Bulge 2019
10/08/2019
Battle of the Bulge 2019

Battle of the Bulge 2019

Battle of the Bulge WW2 Reenactment. Saturday, December 7, 2019. Held at Sommer Park, near Peoria, Illinois.

08/23/2019
82nd Airborne Division

Airborne, All the Way!

Today is officially #NationalAirborneDay!

For the past 4 days we’ve highlighted the Division’s participation in major U.S. Army airborne operations! Now join us as we celebrate National Airborne Day and tell us why you’re proud to be #Airborne!

11/27/2018
World War II History Center

World War II History Center

If you want to give, today is the day! On #GivingTuesday, Facebook will match your donation to a nonprofit, like the World War II History Center, up to $7 million. You contribution is tax deductible. Help us create new exhibits, hold events and plan for future expansion...all of this to remember a generation, to honor their sacrifices and to educate future generations!

WWII Reenacting Corps
10/10/2018

WWII Reenacting Corps

Standby for the "Outskirts of Isigny" public battle reenactment announcement.

82nd Airborne Division during WW2
09/30/2018
82nd Airborne Division during WW2

82nd Airborne Division during WW2

WWll paratrooper, PFC Willard "Bud" Jenkins was laid to rest yesterday September 27th in his hometown of Scranton, PA. His remains were recovered earlier this year and he was buried as an unknown in Holland. PFC Jenkins served with Company C, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, and was killed during the Waal River Crossing on September 20, 1944.

Welcome home, Trooper!

World War II History Center
07/09/2018
World War II History Center

World War II History Center

1st Sergeant Harold Eatman, paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, has died at 102. He was one of only about 2,800 men who made four combat jumps in WWII - Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Holland. RIP, Sgt Eatman.

12/17/2017
BLOOD UPON THE RISERS

He ain't gonna jump no more

A short video for all those past, present, and future who choose to jump out of perfectly good aircraft into a combat enviroment. Just a little something to ...

WWII Reenacting Corps
07/18/2017

WWII Reenacting Corps

Standby for the following event dates...
Outskirts of Isigny X - El Dorado - November
Battle in the Brickyard XIV - Peru - November

WWII Reenacting Corps
04/24/2017

WWII Reenacting Corps

The Corps at McLouth, Kansas for their Patriot's Day celebration.

WWII 82nd Airborne inspired football uniforms.#GoArmyBeatNavy #Airborne #AllTheWay
12/06/2016
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WWII 82nd Airborne inspired football uniforms.
#GoArmyBeatNavy #Airborne #AllTheWay

Army, Nike team up for 2016 Army-Navy Game Uniform Honoring the 82nd Airborne Division.

Apple Days at Fort Riley this past weekend
09/14/2016

Apple Days at Fort Riley this past weekend

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum
08/05/2016

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum

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Equipment issued for North Africa jump to a 505th PIR paratrooper, 82nd Airborne, 1943.

Major General William C. Lee Airborne Museum. Dunn, N.C.

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum
07/20/2016

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum

LIKE us if you enjoy these older AIRBORNE pics/items.

Very early parachutist training where the men learned to jump and land from early wooden platforms. Mock-up of airplane for training is in the background.

Major General William C. Lee Airborne Museum. Dunn, N.C.

We the People Restoration & Colorization
07/17/2016

We the People Restoration & Colorization

Members of the 82nd Airborne preparing to invade Italy.

World War II
07/05/2016

World War II

In England these paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are checking their parachutes before an exercise.
Altough the 82nd Airborne was an experienced unit, having already jump and fought in Siciliy and Italy, Normandy was to be the baptism of fire for the 101st.

American Pathfinder 1944 - GERAP
06/18/2016

American Pathfinder 1944 - GERAP

509th Parachute Infantry Battalion (Tunisia, 1943).

U.S. Army
06/14/2016

U.S. Army

Happy 241st #ArmyBDay!

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
06/07/2016

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division

This Day in History:
D-Day: Seventy-two years ago today, 156,000 Allied troops, 9,000 aircraft and nearly 5,000 ships launched the largest amphibious invasion in modern warfare.
Force “A” of the #USArmy 82nd Airborne Division, commanded by Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin, parachuted into Normandy at 0151, Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway accompanied this force. At 0404 the Force “B” gliders began arriving, and at 2100 Force “C” gliders arrived. By the end of the day, the Division held a general line along the Merderet River and had captured St. Mere Eglise, liberating the first French city.
#DDay72

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D-Day Normandy 76 Years Later: Paratrooper Robert 'Bobby' Warner 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion, Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. PFC Robert 'Bobby' Warner made all 3 combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne in Western Europe during WWII, Operation Overlord Normandy on D-Day France 6/6/1944, Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands 9/17/1944, and Operation Varsity in Rhineland Germany the last jump 3/24/1945, all under heavy machine gun fire by Nazi SS troops. Combat wounded PFC Robert 'Bobby' Warner also fought with the 82nd Airborne at the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes forest, Belgium 12/16/1944. [https://billwarnerpi.blogspot.com/2020/06/d-day-normandy-76-years-later-june-6.html](https://billwarnerpi.blogspot.com/2020/06/d-day-normandy-76-years-later-june-6.html?fbclid=IwAR1QwFoaSynim3S2vVHh-ZVr9uMNtcZwZqx8uzQY6N6e2jMdwyoQfcPX1UE)
I have a group photo of Company D, 82nd Inf "T(I)nq. BN." 2nd platoon at ACamp Roberts California, May 1942 with about 60 signatures. How doe I obtain a roster for this unit?
My Grandfather was a pathfinder in C company. His name was Wiley C Brooks. Would love to come and out see you guys sometime.
Looking forward to saturday guys !! ......
Looking forward to saturday guys !!.......
2LT William J. "Bill" Brunsman / 82nd - 505 PIR - 3rd BAT - I CO on D-Day. Making his 3rd Jump with the 505.
My grandfather's picture of the 505th PIR. He was in I company.