Historians In Hudson Re-Enact 'Battle For The Airfield' Of WWII

Photo: Suzanne Sausville / WBZ NewsRadio

HUDSON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — History was in the remaking on Saturday, as more than 300 people took the field in Hudson to re-enact the Battle for the Airfield fought during World War Two between the Allied and Axis forces.

Demonstrators strapped into tanks, cars, touted prop guns, and even had a plane, all of which were either original or certified replicas of vehicles and weapons used in WWII. WBZ's Suzanne Sausville was on ground zero of the battlefield, where gunfire and shells left cascades of smoke.

German soldiers were winning the fight towards the beginning, but eventually the Allied military reaches the German fort, planting an American flag there. Bob Collings from the Collings Foundation says it's an event meant to both honor and pay tribute to veterans as well as educate the younger generations on what it meant to go to war back then.

"We hope that people here actually get a chance to experience it as close as possible what combat was in WWII. It's an educational experience especially for our youth about what war is all about and that it's evil and you don't want to do it," Collings said.

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The weekend event hosted by the American Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation, represented two battles each day with Allied and Axis camps set up with authentic materials and appearances. WWII Veterans from all ranks and branches of service were also in attendance to host roundtable discussions about their experience in the war.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.

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