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. 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.
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The members of our group portray soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment from 1941 to 1945. This is done using authentic uniforms, weapons, equipment, and tactical organization. It is the goal of our members to accurately preserve the history and traditions of the W.W.II soldier. It is also important for us that members be versed in history as to educate and help younger generation understand the impact of the Second World War. At times we do a number of things ranging from small static displays of uniforms and equipment along with re-enactors to help educate, to live demonstrations, which we call Public battles, which include the deployment of vehicles and infantry teams. To recreate possible scenarios during the Second World War period. The purpose of these battles is to enrichment the spectator and participant.

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

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
Welcome

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

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

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.

Paratroopers Is Life
07/17/2016

Paratroopers Is Life

Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was godmother of the 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. She even jumped with them during practice.

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

World War II - Day by day
06/06/2016

World War II - Day by day

Great infographic about this historical day.

82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum
06/06/2016

82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum

Pathfinders - Chalk #10 - 2nd BN, 505th PIR - North Witham Airfield, England

The Pathfinder team from 2-505th PIR, commanded by 1st Lt. James J. Smith, with C-47 pilot Captain Kirkpatrick, took off as per schedule. Encountering little flak on the run in from landfall to DZ "O", dropped within 400 yards of previously designated pinpoint. The drop was six minutes early. The DZ was set up as per SOP, with the exception of one battalion light tee. This tee was not put into action due to the faulty assembly. Eurekas were set up within ten minutes of drop time. Eurekas were first triggered fifteen minutes from the time of the first element drop. Three serials dropped on and near the 505th pinpoint. All serials were approximately ten minutes early. The first serial dropped southeast of lighted tee, approximately one-half mile. The second serial dropped directly over lighted tee. The third serial dropped north by approximately one-half mile. The third serial appeared to be travelling at a speed of at least 150 miles per hour, at time of drop. Several jumpers sustained ruptures, due to the excessive speed.

(Source: Report of D-Day Pathfinders activities - 11 June 1944)

82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum
06/05/2016

82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum

60mm Mortar Section of F Company, 505th PIR at Camp Quorn, England, just prior to D-Day in early June 1944; from L to R: John Ray. Philip Lynch, John Steele, and Vernon Francisco - Steele would become famous for being the unlucky Trooper who's parachute caught on the church steeple at Saint Mere Eglise in the early morning hours of June 6th 1944

The Greatest Generations Foundation
05/09/2016

The Greatest Generations Foundation

71st Anniversary of V-E Day - THE WAR IS OVER

Today is the 71st celebration of Victory in Europe. May 8, 1945, is marked as the day that Germany surrendered, when the Nazis laid down their arms ending the European part of World War II.

The conflict that began with the Nazis occupying the Rhineland in 1936 continued as German troops invaded Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Finland and France. Along the way, they also swept through Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

The retaking of Europe began with the Allies defeating Mussolini in Italy in 1943. The invasion at Normandy in June 1944 began the final year of the war on the continent.

V-E Day is still marked in Europe and the United States. The unconditional surrender document was signed on May 7, 1945, by the German High Command and ratified one day later.

The fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, had committed suicide on April 30 in a bunker in Berlin.

The conflict with Japan continued another three months after V-E Day.

World War II was the deadliest war in history. The estimates of military losses range from 22 million to 25.5 million - accurate totals are unavailable. In addition, there were countless civilian casualties (some estimates range as high as 55 million). Included in those civilian deaths were an estimated 6 million Jews in German concentration camps and as many as 20 million Soviets.

Some 416,000 United States military personnel lost their lives. These tragic figures of the "Greatest Generation" never had the chance to enjoy the fruits of their sacrifices.

V-E Day is a good time to pause once again to thank those distant relatives who secured our freedom.

If you had a family member or relative who served in Europe during WWII, we would like to hear there story.

#CNN #NBCNEWS #CBSNEWS #FOXNEWS #DDAY #BBC #NAVY #NORMANDY #ABCNEWS #USMC #ARMY #LETSNEVERFORGET #REMEMBERTHOSEWHOSERVED #TGGF #WWII #THANKYOU #USA #MILITARY #AP #VJDAY #VEDAY #WHITEHOUSE #PEARLHARBOR #ANZAC #USA #GREATESTGENERATION

Remember Those Who Served
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Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum
05/07/2016

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum

LIKE our site if you enjoy these older Airborne photos/items.

Silk over Fort Bragg, early 1940's.

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

05/06/2016
VICE News

If you have not seen one of these 360 degree videos check this out!

The US 82nd Airborne has been jumping out of planes since World War II. In this 360-degree video, Kaj Larsen takes you aboard a training flight over North Carolina, so you can see what it takes to make the jump.

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum
05/04/2016

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum

LIKE our site if you enjoy these older Airborne photos/items.

82nd Airborne. Only the light of the silvery Sicilian moon brightened the sky when the regiment jumped into Sicily. Men of the 3rd Battalion were the spearhead troops of history's first large-scale airborne invasion.

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

World War II - Day by day
05/02/2016

World War II - Day by day

May 2 1945 – The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead prisoners, most of whom starved to death.

82nd Airborne Division
05/02/2016

82nd Airborne Division

THIS DAY IN 82ND HISTORY: 1942 - The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment activated at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Devils past and present show your pride in the comments below!

The 21 Best Infographics of D-Day - Normandy Landings
04/13/2016
The 21 Best Infographics of D-Day - Normandy Landings

The 21 Best Infographics of D-Day - Normandy Landings

On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied troops landed along a heavily fortified, 50-mile stretch of French coastline in the historic operation known...

82nd Airborne Division
03/31/2016

82nd Airborne Division

#ThrowbackThursday - On this day in #AllAmerican history, the 82nd Airborne Division bid farewell to Lt. Gen. James Gavin by marching in a Farewell Review at Fort Bragg, N.C. #ATW #Airborne #82ndHistory

02/27/2016
War History Online

War History Online

Truly stunning original unrestored WWII footage of Allied paratroopers landing in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden.

It shows the 101st Airborne Division landing near Son (Eindhoven). The last shots are of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment entering the village of Son and them crossing the improvised footbridge because the road bridge had been demolished by the Germans

02/26/2016
Upottery Airfield Heritage Trust

Upottery Airfield Heritage Trust

An Airborne demonstration in the months leading up to D-day, make sure you have your sound turned on!

82nd Airborne Division
02/25/2016

82nd Airborne Division

#ThrowbackThursday - On this day in 1943 the U.S. Army constituted the 555th Parachute Infantry Company, which would later become the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, after seeing a need for a black parachute infantry unit. The unit would be comprised of all-volunteer black officers and Soldiers. The "Triple Nickels" served bravely in dangerous fire-fighting missions throughout the Pacific Northwest during the summer and fall of 1945, earning the additional nickname "Smoke Jumpers."

In October 1945, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was transferred to Fort Bragg, N.C., its home for the next two years. During this period the unit was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. #BlackHistoryMonth #Airborne #ATW

82nd Airborne Division
02/04/2016

82nd Airborne Division

#ThrowbackThursday - On this day in 1943, the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. In this photo we see Col. James M. Gavin, the regimental commander, gives his Paratroopers a safety briefing before their Airborne operation into Sicily. #ATW #Airborne #82ndHistory #HMinus

82nd Airborne Division
02/03/2016

82nd Airborne Division

#WeaponWednesday - Who can identify this piece of WWII Paratrooper equipment? #ATW #Airborne

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum
12/29/2015

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum

LIKE our site if you enjoy these older Airborne photos/items.

This is Miss Louise Shepherd. She was assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, as a Red Cross field worker. This was not an easy job for them, but very popular with the soldiers, these ladies brought a little bit of back home and understanding to the men during harsh and difficult times.

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

World War II
12/26/2015

World War II

Holding the Line by David Pentland.

Vielsalm, Belgium, 22nd December 1944. Men of the 508th PIR, along with the rest of the 82nd Airborne Division were rushed to the Ardennes and deployed in an attempt to halt the onslaught of 6th SS Panzer Army, specifically Kampfgruppe Peiper.

Merry Christmas !
12/25/2015

Merry Christmas !

World War II History
12/21/2015

World War II History

Dec 21, 1945 - U.S. General George S. Patton died from injuries he suffered in a car accident two weeks before. #wwii

12/21/2015
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

PFC James “Pee Wee” Martin, Veteran of G Company, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, saw some of the greatest action of the European theater throughout World War II. Martin and his comrades held the Belgian town of Bastogne as part of the larger Battle of the Bulge – a vital objective in preventing the German troops from recapturing Antwerp.

Martin reflects on his experience 70 years after he served in the war. Watch more oral histories at the American Veterans Center

Here is the same photo with a bit of the story behind it.
12/17/2015

Here is the same photo with a bit of the story behind it.

Timeline Photos
12/17/2015

Timeline Photos

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119 W Central Ave
El Dorado, KS
67042

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Currently we are a small group looking towards expanding. We are searching for new recruits, and to help those recruits establish themselves as a re-enactor. It is our duty to educate those interested, and to teach them the skills needed to be a World War II-era soldier. Military experience is not a necessary requirement to fall in ("AKA" to join) If Interested in joining our unit you can contact our Lieutenant at, (316 )640-0666

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