BZ's 2009 Chino - Reenactors

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Having missed the bulk of last year's reenactment, I wasn't about to make the same mistake this year. Or was I? While I was in the perfect position for the show Saturday, there was no show. They were not set up for it this year, grass too high, danger of fire from blanks, no provisions for crowd control, etc. Sigh. I was so looking forward to photgraphing the tanks in action too.

On the next day, they did do a quick 5 minute tank run and fired a few blanks, but I was on the other side of the runway - having been told the day before that the demonstration was scrubbed for both days! So no shots of that either...

As this was a very popular event, I'm sure I was not the only one that was disappointed. Despite the lack of a reenactment, it was still a lot of fun to wander among the vehicles and weapons, and talk with the reenactors dressed in period uniforms. These are some of the shots showing what was there.
Nikon D50 w/ 18-105mm VR lens, and D200 w/ 70-300mm VR lens. - Bernard Zee

There are remote control tanks, then there are remote control TANKS! This one is the size of a small truck, it was so big! It looked quite accurate, down to the metal tracks. They ran one of the other large sized panzers around, but not this one.

Here are some smaller remote control tanks in 1/6th scale - using 12" tall figures.

This is the Type 95 Ha-Go Japanese tank built on a M3 Stuart chassis.

They had plan on running it for the reenactment, which was unfortunately cancelled.

There was a strong contingent of U.S. WWII vehicles there; including this half track, Stuart, and Sherman tank.

Here's a better shot of the M3 Stuart light tank.

Cool angle on the M2 half-track.

The 'Agnes II' is a M4 Sherman medium tank. It carried the 75mm medium velocity gun, which was very marginal against heavy German Panzers.

There was a British contingent there as well. Here's a shot of their Bren gun.

A shot of the U.S. camp.

He's wearing a paratrooper uniform from the 82nd airborne division.

There was no smoking anywhere - except for in 'the hole'. I think it's actually quite a chore to dig such a deep fox hole!

Some more WWII era vehicles: An ambulance and a truck.

Here's the Sherman the next day after the 5 minute demo - which I missed!

They brought out some Vietnam era APC the next day as well.

I hung around hoping they would move the tank, but it was not to be. Only static shots!

I thought it was wonderful that they were allowing kids to clamor over the equipment. Not something you get to do in museums!

Here's a youngster posing with a 0.50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun mounted on a jeep.

It was a hot day, but you didn't hear the reenactors complaining in their bulky uniforms!

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