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.

At the Front
04/29/2020

At the Front

The wife was amused- thought I was talking about her. From "How to Shoot the US Army Rifle", 1943. #atthefront #ww2 #m1garand #vintage

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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82nd Airborne Division 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment WWII Reenactors

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

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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

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

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Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum
05/07/2016

Major General William C Lee Airborne Museum

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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

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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

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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.

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119 W Central Ave
El Dorado, KS
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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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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.