Tuesday, January 28, 2020

MVPA's First Florida Chapter - Winter Rally Swap Meet and Military Vehicle Show FREE EVENT

Making the annual trek to Renniger's to watch the MVPA's First Florida Chapter - Winter Rally Swap Meet and Military Vehicle Show that is held the 3rd weekend in February. It seems like we go back in time watching the WWII Battle Re-enactment and weapons demonstrations, getting muzzle flash photo with the tanks firing, talking to the military vendors and the owners of the military vehicles. It's great fun for the entire family. 

There's the battle re-enactments between the AMERICAN - WW2 Armor, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, the COMMONWEALTH - 15th Scottish Recon Regiment and the AXIS - 211th Panzergrenadier Regiment, 6th SS Gebirgsjager Division. 

And with the battle raging on, 82 years old, nine - time award winning book author, Elin T. Gottschalk will be watching the battle from a distance and autographing her book "Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace." 

Such an exception lady who is full of spunk and life! She lived through the bombs dropping down all around her with only the bodies of her mother and grandmother for protection. 

Spanning the years from 1939 to 1990, the horrors of war are exemplified in this compelling memoir of a young girl and her family. 

Young seven year old Elin, her mother, and grandmother are swept up in the mass exile from Estonia during World War II, through Germany and into Great Britain. 

"Artfully written, the author provides the reader with a detailed and compelling story of hardship turning into triumph! " 

Winner of 9 book awards! 

Autograph books will be available for $20.00 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Elin-Toona-Gottschalk-335097749975065/ 

Feel free to stop by and say "Hi" to Elin!

PS:  I'll be over at the next table if you'd like to drop in and say "hi" too!  I'll be there with my BDM History display and selling my book "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth."  

Renniger's Antique Center - Trip Advisor

Address:  20651 US-441, Mt Dora, FL 32757
Phone: (352) 383-8393

Thursday, January 9, 2020

World War II Commemorative Weekend Dade Battlefield - 2020 - Bushnell, FL

March 7 - 8, 2020

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 Battlefield Parkway
Bushnell, FL  33513

For over twenty years, the Dade Battlefield Society has been commemorating the most widespread armed conflict in history and celebrating both military and popular civilian culture during the WWII war years..

This weekend includes:

Allied and Axis uniformed re-enactors
Authentic camps and equipment
1940’s military vehicles
USO - Style Music
Comedy performance in the style of George Burns and Gracie Allen
Participate in intelligence gatherings and other missions
WWII Military Vendors
WWII Book Authors

Each site has a representation of authentic memorabilia during WWII with living history re-enactors available to answer your questions. You become fully immersed when they regale you with their stories. They portray the units of the military and civilians from different backgrounds, German, and American. One such German re-enactor is Aldis Grauds who portrayed Bruno Almanis who was the Unit Commander for the First SS Panzer Battalion. I’ve even seen a Russian or two walk around!

Elin T. Gottschalk experienced WWII when she was a child and documented her story in her award winning book “Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace.”  It’s always a pleasure talking to her at the event. Publisher: Evershine Press, Inc. Facebook:  Author Elin Toona Gottschalk

Four months before her mother passed away,  Cynthia Sandor found her mother’s secret journal from the time she was in the League of German Girls and wrote her biography entitled “Through Innocent Eyes – The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth.”  She will be displaying various BDM items.
Publisher: BDM Publishing
Facebook: Cynthia A. Sandor - Author

Set under a canopy of oak trees, military vendors display their authentic pieces and food vendors will fill your belly. Stroll along the hiking trails with their abundant wildlife, stop by the visitor’s center and view the WWII displays. The bathrooms are clean and everyone is friendly! This is a great place to bring the kids and educate them about World War II history.

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday

10:00 am - Saturday - opens to public
10:15 am -  Raising of the colors at the Gazebo
11:00 am - USO style Armed Forces Radio broadcast at the Alligator Pavilion
12:00 pm / 2:00 pm - Review of military troops and vehicles
4:00 pm - Sunday - Closing ceremony lowering of the colors

It takes a dedicated group of people to plan, organize and host this annual event. Special thanks to Steve Resnick, President of the Dade Battlefield Historical State Park Society, the First Florida Chapter MVPA, and the Florida Historical Preservation Society for putting this annual event together.  

There is a $4 per person fee into the park.
Kids under 6, WWII & Korean Vets FREE.
Please contact the Dade Battlefield for more information Dade Battlefield Historical State Park