How to make your digital WW2 reenactment photos look more authentic!

We usually use original period cameras during our WWII reenact events, but occasionally we do a photoshoot event were we use mostly digital cameras due to practical and also economical reasons as shooting hundreds of photos in one day using film can be expensive. I would highly recommend getting yourself a period-correct camera if you…

WWII battle reenactment – downtown Waxahachie, Texas

The city of Waxahachie, Texas, hosts a World War II reenactment in its historic downtown each year as part of the community’s recognition of Veterans Day. The video footage here was shot by Waxahachie Sun multi-media journalist Jo Ann Livingston and Sun contributing photographer Mike Sackett during the 2018 reenactment. During post-production, Sun multi-media journalist…

Short film on the theme of the American Civil War

Short film directed by Troupe 3e Rouen on the occasion of its summer camp 2019 on the theme of the American Civil War! North and South clash in total war

Thousands in Belarus reenact Napoleonic Wars battle

BORISOV, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of people have taken part in a reenactment of the Battle of Berezina, one of the major clashes of the Napoleonic Wars …

Brisbane Swords HEMA Gear

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Kram Liwocz

Wooden items for reenactors Facebook – Kram Liwocz


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Soviet military stuff

Soviet military stuff offers wide assortment of different military stuff like Ushanka hats, Afghanistan hats, military Berets and Caps, Pilotka hats, General and Admiral caps, USSR hat badges, Soviet winter uniforms and summer uniforms, boots, belts and accessories, tactical uniforms, camouflage uniforms warm hats with a mask and gloves and of course a lot of…

Viking Age Forged in Fire Competition @ Asfolk : The Seax

Thrand Travels to Asfolk Viking Martial Arts a HEMA and living history group in Eagan Minnesota to judge a Viking forged in fire style competition to build the famed historical seax or sax knife. The entire competition is done with Viking age or period tools such as tongs, anvils and hammers plus on the very…

SIGI Forge sword and buckler review.

Please excuse the clip out, I removed the point where the washing machine started singing.:) Specs for swords: Overall length – 97 cm / 38.2 in Blade length: 78 cm / 30.7 in Handle: 11 cm / 4.7 in Cross: 19 cm / 7.5 in POB: 7 cm / 2.7 in Flexibility: 11kg / 24.2lbs…

Chimney & Fireplace Before Snowfall? – Townsends Homestead Part 3

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Sword Fighting & Winter Clothing

Clothing can change close combat, especially sword fighting, hugely. Heavy winter clothing can approach armour in its defensiveness. Extra videos on Patreon:

Captive Ramrods on Muzzle Loading Guns

The importance of ramrods and the innovation of captive ramrods on antique firearms. Extar videos at Patreon:

Maybe spadroons were perfect swords in their time

I have said some negative things about spadroons in the past, but maybe we should be judging them in different ways.

14 Medieval Daggers

A video discussing 14 different medieval and renaissance daggers that I have made over the last few weeks. Looking at interesting features about each dagger and discussing them. No particular agenda or direction to the film; just some information and thoughts on a few medieval styles.

Napoleonic Naval Close Combat with Cutlass, Pistol & Bayonet – Lieut William Pringle Green

A fantastic manual on the use of close combat weapons during Napoleonic naval warfare is now available. The treatise of Lieut William Pringle Green:

Accuracy is the Best Weapon

Greetings, The following discussion is about accuracy and the assertion that “accuracy is the best weapon”. This will be discussed from three different points of view, all of which are relevant to those with an interest in swordplay. Accuracy is an element of which its importance cannot be denied, but for many where the application…

Dual Wielding Swords – The Same Across Martial Arts?

Is dual-wielding swords the same across different martial arts and periods?

How do you use a medieval lance rest?

Talos and Jason test out a medieval lance rest and try to uncover the forgotten techniques of the past. Credits: Talos Direction, Camera, Sound, Editing Kasumi Presenter Jason Kingsley OBE Tweets by RebellionJason Tweets by ModernHistoryTV Tweets by Rebellion Music licensed from PremiumBeat.

Weatherproofing and Insulating Your Log Cabin

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Back Scabbards in China and Japan: When swords WERE worn on backs

Usually we say that swords worn on backs is something from the movies and not from history. But there are exceptions. Extra vids on Patreon:

Were AXES used as weapons in the ‘Age of Sail’ by Pirates & Sailors?

Boarding axes are featured fairly often in movies and TV set during the Age of Sail, by pirates and sailors. But were these axes really used very often as weapons? Extra videos on Patreon:

Meyer’s Four Types of Fencers: How we conceive of them and ourselves

And the first are those who, as soon as they can reach the opponent in the Onset, at once cut and thrust in with violence. The second are somewhat more moderate, and do not attack too crudely, but when an opponent has fully extended with a cut, fallen low with his weapon, or else has…

ARROWS vs ARMOUR – Medieval Myth Busting reply on St. Cripin’s Day!

Thrand test historical English Longbows / warbows on Historical plate and maille armour in honour of the battle of Agincourt1415 Oct 25th St. Crispin’s Day! This is a reply to Tod’s Workshop ARROWS vs ARMOUR Medieval Myth Busting one of the best Plate harness test to date on 15th century armour. Thrand uses Two longsbows…

Six Medieval Knife Sets… and a Rondel

Our medieval predecessors loved sets of knives; look for them and you see them everywhere. Individual knives or by knives are often found fitted into sword and dagger scabbards, but also larger sets of knives and tools can be found for hunting, surgery, serving and cooking, as well as eating irons.. This video looks at…

Medieval fighting techniques

Warlord, Jason and Dr. Guy Windsor look into a medieval fighting manual and discuss how one part of it might work when done in practise. Guy blogs about it here: Follow Jason on Twitter @RebellionJason Credits: Warlord Dr. Guy Windsor Direction, Camera, Sound, Editing Kasumi Presenter Jason Kingsley OBE Tweets by RebellionJason Tweets by…

Dane Axe vs Cavalry? Battle of Hastings & the Late-Viking Era

I have been asked a few times recently whether I think the late-Viking era Dane axe was an anti-cavalry weapon. Here are my thoughts. Extra vids on Patreon:

Medieval Shield Straps – The Guige

Medieval shield straps for wearing or suspending the shield around the neck or back are called the guige. Here I look at their possible uses and advantages. Extra videos on Patreon:

Oakeshott Xa Knight Sword From Dynasty Forge – Reviewed

Looking at the medieval Knight arming sword from Dynasty Forge. What’s good, what’s not so good. As well as some general discussion about knightly arming swords.

Sword Wall Progress + Handkerchief Cutter Sword

A quick look at how my ‘sword wall’ is progressing and a quick look at a new acquisition – a Wilkinson ‘handkerchief cutter’ sword. Extra videos on Patreon:

Will The Roof Hold Up? – Townsends Homestead Part 2

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A Wonderful Struggle: The 16th Century Art of Civic Combat, Part 1

There is a particular tension at play in the modern Historical European Martial Arts community regarding the the early and later period expressions of the German fighting system known as Kunst Des Fechtens or “Art of Fencing.” The former is dominated by the Gesellschaft Liechtenauer, a set of masters and teachers that have a direct…

Arrows vs Armour – What YOU had to say…

Medieval Mythbusting – Your Questions Answered. We received a LOT of comments on our ARROWS vs ARMOUR video, so this is a video to answer some of those questions. We look at the armour quality and steel, the arrows and heads and how they were constructed, the English longbow and how it was shot, blunt…

Gallowglass Donegal Axe, Arms & Armor

Thrand interviews Craig Johnson at arms and armor in Minneapolis Minnesota with Dimicator or Roland Warzecha. Thrand recently did a Live feed and was asked about the Donegal axe from the Museum in Dublin Ireland so this is the exciting follow up.

Essential Frontier Tools – An Axe For Every Job

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The Secret of the Roman Army Shield – Mind Blown!

I have discovered the real secret to the Roman Army shield (scutum) and it will literally blow your mind. Shield from Fabrica Cacti, sword from Dynasty Forge.

Check Your Height

Greetings, Much has been said in various manuals and treatises about the combat of the short fencer against the tall fencer and also vice versa. These are considerations of note and need to be taken into account. What does not seem to appear all that often are considerations of teaching a shorter or taller student…

Roman Mainz Gladius By Dynasty Forge – Review

Looking at the Mainz Gladius (Roman Sword) replica by Dynasty Forge. Product: Dynasty Forge direct: The Knight Shop:

Rifle vs Musket – 19th Century Military History

Looking specifically at the P1853 Rifle vs the East India Company Model F smoothbore musket here, but considering the wider implications of gun development in the middle of the 19th century. Extra videos on Patreon:

Spies, Espionage, And Secret Writing In 1770’s

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Swordfish — Where the dream of the sword comes alive

We had a chat with Dennis Ljungqvist—three time Swordfish longsword champion—about why the historical fencing event Swordfish is so important and what it means to him. “We aren’t here to to test ourselves. We’re here to test you”. The words came from a Polish fencer at Swordfish, the premier historical fencing event in the world,…

A New Hope, For Throats.

What I hope may be a simple solution to several ongoing safety issues.

Mair Dagger 2

A breakdown of Paulus Hector Mair’s second dagger play, taken at our mixed weapons class in Crystal Palace, London.

Viking vs Dervish: Similarities of Weapons

Separated by 1000 years and thousands of miles, at first sight there isn’t much to compare between the Beja warriors of the Sudan and the warriors of early-medieval Scandinavia known as vikings. But there are some similarities in the weapons they used. Extra videos on Patreon:

Making and testing a heavy medieval lance

Jason makes a heavy medieval lance and tests it on horseback. Credits: Talos Direction, Camera, Sound, Editing Kasumi Presenter Jason Kingsley OBE Tweets by RebellionJason Tweets by ModernHistoryTV Tweets by Rebellion Music licensed from PremiumBeat.

Roman ‘Scutum’ Shield From Fabrica Cacti – First Look

A first look at the great training shields (Roman scutum) from Fabrica Cacti. The Roman scutum is probably the most important weapon in understanding the Roman Army’s battle tactics. Fabrica Cacti: Extra videos on Patreon:

The Roman Gladius (Sword) ‘Guard’

The Roman sword’s guard wasn’t really a guard in the way we normally mean that word. Extra videos on Patreon:

Townsends Homestead Part One – Building Log Cabin Walls

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When Short Swords Are Better Than Long Swords

In most situations a longer weapon, with more reach, seems like a good idea. But there is one REALLY important aspect in which a shorter weapon is more handy.

How To Use A Spear – Part 1, Changing Grip

How were spears used in ancient and medieval times? In the first part, we look at plausible ways to change the side and method of gripping the spear. Extra videos on Patreon:

160lbs Longbow vs 860lbs Crossbow – Speed and Accuracy Test

Shooting a HEAVY medieval longbow against a HEAVY medieval crossbow to look at the speed of shooting and the level of accuracy each of these classic weapons can achieve. How many shots will the longbow get off against the crossbow? Which is more accurate? These trials are very set around a chat between Joe Gibbs,…

HEMA is for everyone!

Competitions can be great for martial arts, but let’s not forget that most people who practice martial arts don’t want to compete.

Revenge of the Smith. Marco Danelli Smallswords review.

Marco went away, now he is ready to reaveal himself. But was it worth the wait for episode 3?

Are Axes Easier To Use Than Swords?

Lots of people describe weapons like axes, maces or hammers as ‘easier to use’ than swords. But is that correct? What does that even mean? More videos on Patreon:

How Did Medieval Bows Beat Armor & Enemy Armies?

We’ve seen time and again that in the most accurate tests (Tod’s test: ), longbow arrows cannot penetrate breastplates. Does that matter? We know that longbows won wars – this video explains HOW! Extra videos at Patreon:

Townsends On The Road! – The Search For The Perfect Cabin

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Breakfast Casserole In The 18th Century? – Egg And Bacon Pie

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Paulus Hector Mair Dagger, walk and talk through.

A walk through the most pertinent features of the play. From our Crystal Palace class in London.

Medieval Battlefield Sword Fighting Vs Regular HEMA Sparring

In HEMA we primarily focus on sword fighting in regular clothes, but we have to recognise that this mostly applies to civilian duels. Not to say that the skills are not fundamentally related, but armor changes so much about combat.

Studying the Sources

What this all comes down to is the reason for studying a treatise. There are many different reasons for studying a treatise. The prime reason is to recreate what is written in the treatise, but this is not the only reason. Another reason is to find the foundation elements so that they can be examined…

Something Modern Sword & Knife Makers Get Wrong

Historical sword and knife makers spent hundreds of years perfecting their art, but often now we ignore their lessons. Here we look at one particular aspect of knife making that often gets ignored by modern makers.

Soldier’s Weekly

What’s up in WWII Reenactment Upcoming events:  RAF Museum London: Battle Of Britain Day Eastleigh Remembers Grassington 1940s weekend Event reports: D-Day Reenactment Battle of Asch by History Secrets Conneaut WWII Reenactment This week’s craftsman: Fort Military Institute If you want to appear in next Soldier’s Weekly – don’t hesitate to write! Become a Patron!

19th Century Weekly

What’s up in Reenactment of 1789-1914 Upcoming events:  Waynesboro at War Hatboro Living History The Assault on Maryland Heights at the Harpers Ferry Battle For The Bridges Civil War Weekend at White Oak Civil War Re-enactments at Fort Macon Historic Cold Spring Village Hart County Civil War Days Event reports: Castle Rising Reenactment Day in…

Knight’s Weekly

What’s up in Middle Ages Reenactment Upcoming events:  Tournois Médiéval à Villers-La-Ville Si Mions m’était conté Médiéval St Florentin Event report: Battle of Crogen Re-enactment at Chirk Castle Scarborough Medieval re-enactment Pradar 2011 This week’s craftsman: Valiant Armoury This week’s videos: Wearing Historical Fashions in Your Everyday Wardrobe by Morgan Donner What did medieval peasants…

Viking’s Weekly

What’s up in Early Medieval Reenactment Upcoming events: Tønsberg Viking Festival Northwest Viking Fest Gippeswyc Viking and Saxon festival Wikingertage Oerlinghausen Lindehaven Vikingemarked Hvolris Oldtidsmarked The Gippeswyc Viking and Saxon Festival 2019 Midgard Viking Fest IX Zlot Słowian i Wikingów „Góra Peruna 2019″ This week’s craftsman: Grimfrost This week’s videos: Viking Drinking Horn Review by…

HEMA Weekly

What’s up in Historical Fencing Upcoming events: Battle of the Bridge 2019 Hemaics Esarcato Alba Fecht Contesa Delle Romagne Event reports: FechtFest 2019: Bloss fencing teaches respect This week’s craftsman: Albion Swords This week’s video: Bellatore Longsword Review If you want to appear in next HEMA Weekly – don’t hesitate to write! Become a Patron!


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Gettysburg Anniversary Committee doesn’t want to host 2020 event

The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC) would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to all the reenactors, visitors, and local staff that have participated in the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactments for the past 25 years; making those dusty old history books come alive. We are honored to have hosted over 100,000 reenactors, 500,000…