In any event, this came up because Robby and I participated in a World War I Education event at the Grey Roots Museum and Archive in Owen Sound, ON. Led by our friend, Jeff Brown of the King's Company and of History Matters, we journeyed to that town to present a lecture/display on the German Soldier in the Great War. Jeff gave the talk, Robby was the "living, breathing, not-talking manikin for the uniforms, and I... held his coat. I was muscle and assisted in the uniform changes. About two dozen local folks attended and it went well.
I also took photos... for three reasons. First, for the family; Second, for our reenacting group, the King's Company, and third, to make Robby's history teacher jealous. Robby was out of school for the day to take part in education on the other side of the desk!
My boy showed four impressions:
1) An early war infantryman
|Brass buttons, Picklehaub, and 98G rifle.|
The backpack didn't fit at all, so Jeff is crouching
behind Robby, holding it up for the photo.
|Calfskin pack, canteen, bread bag, and bayonet/|
entrenching tool combo. Note the marching boots
- very uncomfortable, he said
|The Junge Landsher on guard.|
The field is beside the main building.
Here you see the natural lay of the pack;
the straps were WAY too long.
The second impression was an early/middle war medical orderly - Rob wants a hat like that and really enjoyed the side arm!
|It's really the same jacket as above with the Red Cross|
armband, "captured" British belt, dressing pouch,
cap, and Luger (non-firing reproduction) with holster
|This was half the fun!|
|Rear view. Rob found this uniform quite comfortable -|
more so than the British kit he often wears at these gigs.
|Very business-like! Note the "potato masher" grenade|
on the belt.
|Rob may look distressed but he's learned to be calm and|
not look excited at these events.
|From the left. We realised that we had the entrenching|
tool on the wrong side. The round pouch above the
canteen is a gas mask carrier.
Lastly, the late war Stormtrooper... a tough customer indeed!
|Burlap covered helmet, puttees and British|
"Ammunition boots", "Waterwings" (grenade
bags, gas mask canister on the left hip, and
assault shovel on the back.
|He can throw pretty far!|
|A good view of the assault shovel and the rifle slung|
around the neck.
|Once in the theatre, Rob as given the gas mask to|
demonstrate. All he could think of was "Are you my
Mommy?" (for Doctor Who fans, it's obvious!)
Of course, Robby could keep a straight face all the time. With Jeff snarling and mugging off camera, we got this one!
|Obviously NOT a Prussian... despite the uniform.|
I don't really need to say that I'm proud of my son. I am... tremendously so.
I truly enjoyed working this event with Rob and Jeff, although all I did was help Rob do quick changes in uniform. This is education that's fun to see and offer.