This annual battle reenactment showcases the lives of both Allied and Axis troops during WWII both at home and abroad. Today, you will see a depiction of what the last few months in Germany was like in 1945. Each demonstration will take you back to that tumultuous time in world history. Get a glimpse into the life of both soldiers and civilians and learn about how their lives were impacted during this particular war-time. Enjoy live music, food vendors, self-guided tours, visiting with reenactors, and a live battle each day at 2:00pm.
Admission: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, Children 5 and under are FREE
VE – DAY
(Victory In Europe)
The year 1945 marked the end of the Second World War! No matter what side you found yourself on as a soldier by this time you were ready to go home. Whether you volunteered or were forced to fight soldiers just wanted to survive the last few months. Each man still prepared to do his duty for his country! On April 30th, 1945 as Soviet Troops entered Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide which sent a shock wave through the German ranks. Eventually Karl Donitz was named the next Fuhrer for Germany and by May 7th Berlin had fallen to the Soviet Army and Germany surrendered unconditionally. By May 8th V-E Day (Victory in Europe) was declared and all war was over in Europe. With the war in Germany over all focus was on the war with Japan. On June 21st, 1945 U.S. Troops captured Okinawa which secured a base for what was to be known as the final assault on Japan. On August 6th The Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb (Little Boy) over Hiroshima and on August 9th Bock’s Car dropped “Fat Man” over Nagasaki. By August 14th Japan had agreed to an unconditional surrender and the next day August 15th V-J Day (Victory in Japan) was declared. World War II, today known as the most devastating war in human history was over on September 2nd, 1945 with the formal surrender signed by the Japanese on board the U.S.S. Missouri.