Sunday, September 23, 2007

Re-enactments must not be Realistic?

We read:

"A reenactment of a D-Day battle was cancelled amid claims that the group playing the role of German soldiers contained Nazi sympathisers.

Members of Vent d'Europe (Wind of Europe) were due to participate in a reenactment of the battle for the German heavy gun battery at Crisbecq overlooking Utah Beach in Normandy, where Allied troops landed to liberate France in June 1944.

But the event, part of a Heritage Days programme, was scrapped after the group was denounced by Admiral Christian Brac de la Perriere, chairman of Normandie Memoire, which seeks to preserve the memory of D-Day. "It is intolerable to use such a site to serve such a repugnant ideology," he said


Maybe German pacifists should have been used to represent the Wehrmacht. Since the Wehrmacht was, man for man, one of the most militarily effective forces in history, however, that would have made very strange propaganda.