Private Tactical Event at the Pioneer Boy Scout Reservation, Pioneer, Ohio
Public Event from 12 - 6 PM
We will be taking part in the Memorial Day Ceremony in Birmingham, MI
Public Event in Muskegon, MI aboard LST 393
Public Event in Chesterfield, MI
Public event at the Willow Run Airfield.
Delay The Inevitable. Ft Custer, MI. 20-22 March, 2015. Private Tactical
Meet at the Elbe, Camp Atterbury, In. 24-26 April, 2015. Private Tactical
Salute To Our Veterans WWII Re-enactment, Elkhart, In. 15-17- May, 2015. Public Event. http://salutetoourveterans.weebly.com/
Memorial Day Ceremony, Shain Park, Birmingham, MI. 25 May, 2015. Memorial Day Salute to Veterans.
Rails to Victory, Fox River trolley Museum, Elgin, IL. 30-31 May, 2015. Public Event. http://www.railstovictory.com/
Operation Cobra, Chesterfield Historical Village, Chesterfield, MI. 11-12 July, 2015. Public Event.
Remagen Bridge Event, Pennsylvania. 31 July - 1 August, 2015. Public Event.
D-Day Ohio, Conneaut, OH. 21-22 August, 2015. Public Event. http://www.ddayohio.us/
Thunder Over Michigan, Belleville, MI. 29-30, August, 2015. Public Event http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow/
WWII Days, Rockford, IL. 24-27 September, 2015. Public Event. http://www.ww2rockfordevent.com/
13-15 April, 2012. LHRA National Spring Battle. Camp Atterbury. Wet weather was a challenge at this event as well as some teething problems as it is a new event at a new location, but this is one that shows great promise for the future. This is emersion event (the first for us) took place overnight Friday/Satirday and throughout the day. Paratroopers "dropped " in around 0100 while Germans patrolled the area. In the morning ground forces arrived and the battle continued. The tank battle was very cool to see. Only a small group from our unit was able to attend, but we look forward to next year and will have more participation.
5-7 May, 2012. WWII Tribute at Buckley Homested, Lowell, IN. This has been one of the staple events of the reenacting season and really kicks off the public schedule. We, unfortunately , had smaller than usual participation, but those who attended had a good time. Hope to be back next year.
8-10, 2012. Rails to Victory at the Fox River Trolley Museum. S. Elgin, IL. Our first time at this event which was similar to the Union event of the last two years. This is no surprise as the same people organized this event as did the previous years' Union events. The trolley museum is a nice location along the Fox River and offers some unique sites to hold an event. We took part in the "Tour of France" in which the public spectators rode trolley cars and witnessed various scenes from occupied France and its subsequent liberation by Allied forces and partisans. We met some great people from other units and really enjoyed the event. The camp sites were nice and offered some shade from the hot sun of the weekend. And of course we enjoyed camping next to our friends from the 10th Mountain Division. This is a great event and one which we look forward to attending in the future. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Dan Zeimer, Doug and Shari Fesko, and Paul Garrett.
19 March, 2011. Delay the Inevitable. Ft Custer, Battle Creek, MI. We stayed in the barracks for the first time both Friday and Saturday nights and enjoyed the catered dinner and trivia game on Saturday night. The RETO tactical battle was the best we have experienced and took place during near perfect weather. The Allies successfully defeated the German forces and captured all Allied objectives as well as all of the ones open to either side. Our side also successfully completed the "mission." Tturnout for the 45th was 11 members and we were strengthened by three members of the 10th Mountain Division. Our own Unit Commander, Keith Bonney, was Allied XO and did an oustanding job. We had a great time at this event and special thanks go out to Alan Militich and his "Wiking" unit for once again hosting an oustanding event. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob Wall, Shawn Clark (10th Mtn), Fred Chapman, Mike Wall, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai, Caleb Chapman, Casey Clark (10th Mtn), Chris Melanson (10th Mtn), Ryan Miller (recruit, aka Junior) and Paul Garrett.
16 April, 2011. D-Day Plus 8. Onsted, MI. Another fun tactical event with a lot of fire and maneuver tactics. Allies and German forces were pretty evenly matched and the Germans put up some stiff resistance in the village. The rain fell mostly beofre the event started but we had a few squalls throughout the day and some mud to slog through. Our last battle concluded in a grenade duel between us and the last few enemy defenders. The event ended (for us anyway) a little earlier than in the past due to the fact that we completely ran out of ammo. There was a whole lotta shootin' goin' on. Another good event from Mike and A/506 boys. A Big Thanks to Fred Bahlau for providing the battle grounds and always having great stories. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Lance Aldritch, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Caleb Chapman, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai, and Paul Garrett.
29 April - 1 May, 2011. WWII Tribute at Buckley Homested, Lowell, IN. Much to our surprise and pleasure, this weekend was sunny and warm rather than rain filled as originally forecast. The main battlefield was closed on Saturday due to muddy conditions, but open for Sunday and the public got to see all the armor in action at that time. The only disappointment was not seeing the Tiger tank on the field, but seeing it on display was quite impressive. Saturday's battles were held on the skirmish field and used half of the reenactors in the morning and the other half in the afternoon, but no vehicles were allowed in the pasture. We met and talked to a lot of interesting people and got reaquainted with a WWII 45th Division Veteran, Joe Urban, whom we met last year and who also assured us will be back to see us next year. We are definitely looking forward to it, Joe. Lowell is always a great event and this year was no exception. Spending time doing what we love, with good friends, and meeting new ones is always a pleasure and this year's better than expected weather made it that much more so. In attendence were: Keith Bonney, John Baumer, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai, and Paul Garrett.
27-30 May, 2011. Anzio Express. Union, IL Despite the weather this was a great event once again. The unique battle scenarios as well as being held on the premises of the Illinois Railroad Museum make this an interesting and fun event. The Platte River Canteen reenactment was a fun scenario that allowed all of our male and female unit members to get involved together and at the same time (which doesn't usually happen on a battlefield).We met a lot of great people and were able to spend time with a number of veterans who shared some fascinating experiences with us. The dance on Saturday night was fun and allowed us the chance to unwind a bit after the day's events. As mentioned, rain on Sunday curtailed some of the planned events, but the main battle went off on schedule and was a success. Thanks to the 10th Mountain Division reenactors and all who worked so hard to make this event possible. We had a great time and really enjoyed the weekend. In attendence were: Keith Bonney, Rob & Lynda Wall, John Baumer, Mike Wall & Jessie Linnabary, Matt and Dan Ziemer, and Paul Garrett.
24-26 June, 2011. American Heritage and Heroics Festival, River Place Shops, Frankenmuth, MI. Our first time here, and this timeline event was very enjoyable. We had great weather and a steady stream of visitors. There was plenty to see and do so there was never a dull moment. Each day there was a small display battle for us as well as other time periods which showed how weapons developed over time and gives everyone a better appreciation of what our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines went through. The event coordinators and staff did a wonderful job putting this event on and we were treated extremely well. There was even an all-you-can-eat dinner for us in an air-conditioned dining room on Saturday that was very tasty and our camp area was one of the best we have seen. Thanks to Abigail Wayfield of the National Society of Living Historians and the Zehnder family in particular for putting this on. We will definitely be back next year. In attendence were: Keith Bonney, Rob & Lynda Wall, John Baumer, Ken & Charlie Strickrodt, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai, Jeffrey Adams and Paul Garrett.
22-24 July, 2011. Thunder Overr Michigan, Belleville, Michigan. One of our hottest events ever, but the event staff did a great job of supplying much needed water and ice. The weather was mixed with sun alternating with clouds and rain, but overall, apart from the heat, was very good. This year the morning battle was a European scenario similar to last year, but the afternoon battle was loosely based on the Peleliu landing in the Pacific. Two Japanese Zeros, six F4U Corsairs, four LVTs and two M5 Stuart Tanks took part in this battle as well as an original WWII flamethrower that set fire to two bunkers. The LVTs also gave rides Friday night during the Thunder Run and parade in the lake in Belleville. It was a great event and we all had a wonderful time. In Attendence were: Keith Bonney, Rob and Lynda Wall, John Baumer, Lance, Melissa, Aiden and Anya Aldrich, Fred, Caleb and Silas Chapman with Wyatt, Ken and Charlie Strickrodt, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai and Leann Grimm, Jeffrey Adams, and Paul Garrett
6-7 August, 2011. Kennekuk Park, Danville, IL. Our first time at this event, but we enjoyed ourselves and the hospitality of the 82nd Airborne who let us share the train station. The park is huge and has a lot of potential for even bigger events. The battles took place in and around the historic village, with Allied forces made up of US, British, and Russian reenactors. Between battles there were weapons demonstrations and the public toured the different campsites. The 82nd cook, Chester, provided meals for many of us and there was a barn dance on Saturday night. The only downside to the event was that very few public spectators turned out to see it. Surely this will be rememdied for next year. In Attendance were: Keith Bonney, Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai, and Paul Garrett.
24-25 September, 2011. Rockford, IL. All you need to say is one word - Rockford - and everyone who is at all familiar with reenacting knows what you are talking about. Turnout for this year's event was reported to be around 1300 reenactors, which made it the largest in the country. Our guys arrived on Thursday (the first time we did that), stayed with friends and got an early start setting up camp Friday morning. We also were able to dig a horseshoe machine gun position at our campsite this year. It was a big hit with the public. Saturday night's entertainment began with an original War Department training film put on by the 10th Mountain Division medics. The film dealt with the dangers of what we now call STDs and replica pro-kits were handed out to each soldier. The traditional dance at the museum followed. Both the 45th and the 10th were able to undergo some field training over the weekend as well take part in town, woods, and main battles. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Matt and Dan Ziemer, and Mike Lezotte.
30 January, 2010. Snow shoot, Kalamazoo, MI. Our newest members Fred and Caleb Chapman braved the cold temperatures to attended this event and did themselves proud with Caleb bringing home the High Junior Shooter trophy (see the photo on the photos page). Though Fred experienced an equipment problem he said he enjoyed the event as well. In attendance were: Fred and Caleb Chapman.
27 March, 2010. Delay the Inevitable, Ft Custer, MI. Near perfect weather greeted us for this Reto event put on by Alan Miltich and his unit. It was a long day of near continuous action. We started of on a long combat patrol where we engaged a large number of Germans, before being over run. We finished the day by successfully holding off numerous attacks against our CP. In attendance were: Rob and Mike Wall, Fred and Caleb Chapman, Matt and Dan Ziemer, George Bailey and Paul Garrett.
1-2 May, 2010. Lowell, IN. Though we had only four members attending, this was another successful event. We arrived early afternoon on Friday, 30 April and set up camp in our assigned location which was prime for meeting the veterans and public as they passed by. We were also fortunate enough to be camped directly accross from Bill Sheets' unit of the 505th PIR of the 82nd Airborne Division. We participated in the large public battles and met many friendly and interesting people. Of note were two 45th Infantry Division veterans of WWII as well as one from the 9th I.D. We also enjoyed meeting a number of reenactors from the 10th Mountain Division and look forward to joining them in Union, IL at the Anzio Express event in a few weeks' time. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob Wall, John Baumer, and Paul Garrett.
28-31 May, 2010. Anzio Express, Union IL. This was a great event! The Illinois Railway Museum is a very interesting and unique venue for an event. The grounds are quite large and there were multiple battle sites. Riding the trains and trolleys was a lot of fun and the dance featured a very good swing band with some great vocalists. We had a nice tent location that had shade from the hot sun we experienced all weekend. Our participation included doing "Cassino" skirmish battles for the "Tour of Italy." We staged short battles each time one of the "Tour" trolleys came along. A British reenactor boarded the trolley to give the passengers a little history and then we went into action. With us for these skirmishes were the Polish unit and a squad from the 34th ID. We also took part in the "Platte River Canteen" reenactment in which Mike Wall got act out a tearful good-bye with his "sweetheart" at the station. We all dressed in our class B uniforms and rode in Pullman cars. Another highlight was spending more time with our friends from the 10th Mountain Division, who we met at Lowell this year. This was our first Mediterranean Theater specific event and was a great opportunity for our 45th ID unit to show our stuff. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob and Mike Wall, John Baumer, and Paul Garrett.
25-27 June, 2010. Battle for Caen, Billie Creek Village, Rockville IN. Our first time down for this event. Billie Creek Village is in a beautiful part of Indiana, about an hour's drive west of Indianapolis. The battles took place in the village itself. The spectators were in the middle of village, the Germans defended and the Allies attacked, so the crowd got to see battles on all sides. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the battles. We met a lot of new friends as well as seeing a few old ones. We camped next to our friends of the 10th Mountain Division and enjoyed that quite a lot. In attendance were: Rob and Mike Wall, Matt and Dan Ziemer, and Paul Garrett.
23-25 July, 2010. WWII and Veterans Weekend, St Clair Shores, MI. Though the rain at times made us question whether we really wanted to do this one, this event was a lot of fun. We met a lot of people who braved the weather on Saturday and even more who took advantage of the good weather on Sunday. We took part in all three beach landings. Twice from the Higgins boat on saturday and once from the DUKW on Sunday. The battles went well and the spectators seemed to really enjoy them. We got to spend time with friends from last year as well as make new ones and the event organizers fed us well (Steak and corn on the cob for Saturday night supper). A fun event with great spectators and one we look forward to attending next year. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob Wall, John Baumer, Lance Aldritch, Matt and Dan Ziemer, and Paul Garrett.
6-8 August, 2010. Thunder Over Michigan, Willow Run Airport, Belleville, MI. We had our largest member turnout for this event with 15, including our unit photographer. As always, the airshow is a special event due to the large number of vintage aircraft, some of which took part in the battle reenactments. There were seven operational B-17s, a B-24, and a couple of P-51s that flew over field of battle to "bomb" and "strafe" the German positions. The P-51 "Old Crow" buzzed the field in numerous passes, each lower than the previous one so that it looked as if his wingtips would brush the grass. There were four battles, two each day, and reenactor turnout was fairly high on both sides. Our campsite was moved from the previous location to a more central and visible one alongside the road to the main gate to the airport. We were nearly overrun with spectators and hardly had a moments to spare from early morning to the close of the show each day. On Friday's Thunder Run we rode (as we did last year) with the Dumas family in their 2 1/2 ton truck. We camped next to our friends of the 10th Mountain Division once again (something of a tradition now) and enjoyed visits from friends and family as well. This was a great event and we are looking forward to next year. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob and Mike Wall, John Baumer, Lance Aldritch, Fred, Caleb, and Silas Chapman, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolai, Jeffrey Adams, photographer Lynda Grinnell, and Paul Garrett.
24-26 September, 2010. WWII Days, Rockford, IL. This event was even better than last year. We had perfect weather for the event, got to take part in a USMC vs. IJA woods battle, met a lot of nice and interesting people, and spent quality time with friends around the camp fire. We had seven members of the unit attending, three of whom were first timers. This may have been the largest turnout for this event and there were a lot of interesting vehicles to see. The dance on Saturday night was in a new wing of the museum that provided more area than the old room, but it was still pretty crowded - a sign of how popular the swing dance is. Even if you don't dance, its great to see the uniforms and period clothing. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, John Baumer, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai, and Paul Garrett.
11 December, 2010. Operation Nordwind, Onstead, MI. Another tactical on Fred Bahlau's property at the old Stage Coach Stop. The weather was great - not too hot and not too cold. The battles were nicely varied and we enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. Dan carried the M1919A6 all day and did a lot of shooting. We tried to ambush the enemy in a similar fashion to their ambush of us last year, but we were forced to pull back because of German artillery. This is a good event, close to home and one in which we will surely attend in the future. In attendance were: Rob Wall, Matt and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lezotte, Joe Szomolyai and Paul Garrett.
31 January, 2009 - Onandaga Tactical event. This was a good event put on by Tim Kelly and our first of this year. It was cold and had deep snow but featured good battles. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Bryon Sprague, Bronson Wall, Mike Wall, Rob Wall and Lance Aldritch as "The German."
21 March, 2009 - Ft Custer Tactical event "Delay the Inevitable". This was a RETO event and was a lot of fun. There was plenty of action all day and was well attended by Allied (British, Russian, and US) and Axis reenactors. A RETO (Rules of Engagement for Tactical Objectives) is an objective based scenario where each objective has a point value. Different objectives become "active" at different times throughout the day and are only obtainable by the disignated side. They can be recaptured once taken. Alan Miltich and the "Wiking" unit did a great job hosting this event. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Bryon Sprague, Mike Wall, Rob Wall, and Lance Aldritch as "The German."
2-3 May, 2009 - Buckley Homestead WWII Tribute, Lowell, Indiana. This event is one of the most well known events in the mid-west and is refered to by just one word - Lowell. This is a great event, is always well attended and is a great opportunity to see public WWII displays as well as vehicles and battle reenactments. In attendance were: John Baumer, Keith Bonney, Bronson Wall, Mike Wall, Rob Wall, and Matt Zimmer.
6-7 June, 2009 - Romeo Military Rally and Swap Meet, Romeo, MI. We could only make this event on Sunday, but we had a good public battle and met and talked with a WWII Veteran who served with the 4th Infantry Division and also shared stories of his brother who was a Marine Raider in the Pacific Campaign. In attendance were: John Baumer, Keith Bonney and Paul Garrett.
19-21 June, 2009 - Lest We Forget, St Joseph, MI. This was the second year for the beach landings at Triscornia Beach on Lake Michigan. The first landing of the day was a Pacific Campaign landing and the second was D-Day in Normandy. The chance to ride in an actual Higgins boat, a DUKW or an LVT Amtrack is one that comes along only rarely. The beach is nearly perfect for the public as well as reenactors, with the pier providing one boundary and viewing area and a nice dune for the defenders to set up their positions to repell the invaders from the "Sea." The people of the St Joe/Benton Harbor area are very open, friendly, and welcoming and there are many displays as well as more battle reenactments at the airport. This is definitely one you don't want to miss. Unfortunately the next scheduled WWII event here is not to be for another 3 years. In attendance were: Lance Aldritch, John Baumer, Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall, Rob Wall, and Matt Ziemer.
18-19 July, 2009 - Thunder Over Michigan, Willow Run Airport, MI. This is a great airshow held every year and has, in recent years, held public battle reenactments as well. This year had WWII as well as Vietnam War battles. The battles were moved this year to the flight line area in front of the viewing stands and was a popular move with the public as well as the reenactors. In attendance were John Baumer and Paul Garrett.
24-26 July, 2009 - Veterans Weekend, St Clair Shores, MI. This was the second year for this event but the first time it was held at Memorial Park, which allowed for beach landings. While smaller in scale than St Joe, they were very well planned and executed and a lot of fun. The park was a great location and everything was conveniently located. There was a large vehicle parade Friday evening around town with vehicles of many eras and an LVT and Higgins boat were used in the beach landings. This is another event that will remain on our events calander. In attendance were: Lance Adritch, John Baumer, Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall and Matt Ziemer.
25-27 September, 2009 - Rockford. Rockford, IL is home to the largest reenacting event in the mid-west and it is a must for WWII enthusiasts. There were close to 1,000 reenactors at this year's event, including many civilian reenactors. Tanks, halftracks, armored cars, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles and a few other, less common vehicles were represented here and took part in battles. In addition to the main battlefield, there were village battles, woods battles, and many display areas and vendors. The dance on Saturday night is almost as famous as the battles, with people in wonderful period dress, both civilian and military. In attendance were: John Baumer, Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall, Rob Wall, and Matt Ziemer.
14 November, 2009 - Eaton Rapids, MI. We had our first "official" unit training day since our charter withh HRS went through. We covered military courtesy, drill with and without weapons, some marching, and tactical deployment and movement to contact drills. The weather was perfect, especially considering it was mid-November. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob Wall, John Baumer Lance Aldritch, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall, and Matt Ziemer.
5 December, 2009 - Operation Nordwind, Onstead, MI. This was a first time event put on by A Co, 506th and Fred Bahlau, who is a decorated 101st veteran from WWII and the property owner. The event went very well and was a lot of fun. Rob, as squad leader, kept us moving and in the thick of the action. It was an honor to meet Fred Bahlau and get a chance to talk with him before the event. One of the more notable moments in the event was when we assaulted a German position that was defended, unknown to us, by an MG-42 with a clear field of fire. There were bodies everywhere. That was one of the moments in reenacting which really makes one pause; thinking of all the soldiers who faced real bullets from such weapons instead of the blanks that we faced. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob Wall, Lance Aldritch, Marty Giffin, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall, and Matt Ziemer.