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A permanent WWI trench complex rising on the grounds of the Illinois State Military Museum
A First World War trench complex, complete with gun nests, is rising on the grounds of the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield. The trench will become part of a permanent living history display outside the museum, and will be featured to the public for the first time during the "Great War" re-enactment that will take place on March 5.
(sj-r.com)

How students experience of WW1 trench warfare with rubber grenades, wooden rifles and replica helmets
Barker-James, a teacher who built WW1 trenches on his farm 14 years ago, explains it's not unusual for students to have an emotional and physical reaction to the reenactments: "We teach them how to use the grenades and bayonets and let fate take its course. It really gets to them."
(oxfordreview.com)

Canadian students experience First World War trenches, re-enactments
Over 500 Canadian students walked through muddy trenches at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. "They're excited. They're motivated. It really promotes learning outside the classroom," explained Jeff Brown, who helped organize the First World War education day. The students moved through 11 stations, each covering an aspect of a Canadian soldier's WW1 adventure. At every station a volunteer from the Canadian Military Heritage Society, in an authentic military uniform, led students through a hands-on educational activity. With barbed wire looping around their heads students listened Bill Dineen talk about German snipers.
(lfpress.com)

Experience life in the World War I trenches at The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson is recreating scenes from World War I on Portsdown Hill, and inviting the public to experience the trench warfare. Mark Selwood said: "The trench really brings history to life and allows visitors to experience life at the Western Front for themselves." It is back by popular demand, after the successful event last year. Organisers will use a host of special effects to bring history to life in the trench. With the historic Victorian fort as an impressive backcloth, the event will give a unique insight into Western Front tactics and assaults by German troops.
(portsmouth)

Re-enactors present WWI stories and offer cemetery tour to collect funds
With the coming of the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the 44th Michigan Company G of Lenawee County Tecumseh Volunteers set out to tell the stories of that era's local soldiers through historic interpreters at their gravesites. The 14th annual cemetery tour, part of the annual Promenade Tecumseh festivities, was carried out with two presentations. Linda Kronberg, secretary of the volunteer organization, said that 80 people attended the tours, with $1,000 collected toward the group`s efforts to preserve the local war stories through interpretation.
(lenconnect)

Re-enactment revives memories of the Great War trenches
90 years ago, a piece of land on the edge of Barnsley was given to the 13th and 14th Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment to prepare for war. A training trench was dug, and soldiers spent hours perfecting their military skills. Recently a group of historians reenacted the scene. Organiser Duncan Simpson said the site on the edge of the village of Dodworth was "unique" because it was the only WWI training ground to still bear evidence of its original use. The site is owned by the national Scout Association, but last weekend men in authentic York and Lancaster uniforms pitched their tents.
(yorkshirepost)

The uniformed soldiers dug deep - Water balloon battle teaches about war   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The uniformed soldiers dug deep in their trenches, keeping weapons close. Nearby, a medic team stood ready, waiting the casualties from the battle that would start at any moment. "Remember who you are!" yelled the Marine Corps commander. They needed reminding. After all, they were students, not German soldiers and U.S. Marines. Over 100 students reenacted the Battle of Belleau Wood, the June 1918 battle that proved to the Allies the US' dedication to winning the war. The students crafted helmets from papier-mache, used markers for names and insignia, and filled water balloons to use as weapons. "It's a great way to learn history, compared to reading it in books."
(floridatoday)

Horsemen reenact World War I battle: Capture Be'er Sheva in 1917
50 Australian horsemen crossed the plains of the Negev. They wore green cavalry uniforms, high boots and Australian bush hats adorned with a feather. The riders were kicking off a reenactment of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) cavalry campaign that led to the capture of the city of Be'er Sheva in 1917. The reenactment of the WWI battle is a joint project of "World War I Heritage in the Land of Israel" organization and an organization of Australian equestrians dedicated to preserving the memory of the ANZAC cavalry divisions.
(haaretz)

History lesson: trench warfare simulation and camouflage uniforms   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The peace of Holston Valley Middle School was shattered by the rat-a-tat-tat of machine-gun fire. Suddenly, camouflaged soldiers jogged down a smoke-filled path and dove into a trench, waiting for orders from their commander. "Go!" yelled Tim Davis. One by one, students carrying rifles heaved up a slippery bank and crawled under barbed wire, headed for the No Man`s Land. The re-enacted history lesson is designed to give students a better idea of what happens during war, said Davis, an Army veteran. Students prepared for 2 days, digging the trench and setting up the No Man`s Land. They wore the same camouflage uniforms each day, getting dirtier every time.
(tricities)

Battle of the Somme Re-enactment - Uniforms and Trenches
For some, the Battle of the Somme has never ended. Gwyn Topham spends a night in the trenches at English Heritage's latest attraction. Jordan, the corporal, has a face that looks so first world war it is barely imaginable in a modern context. His immaculate uniform is a reproduction: genuine outfits are "too expensive and don't fit"; soldiers were smaller then. Living the history brings closer to understanding what the Tommies went through. He recalls talking to one of the very last living veterans. "He said: "You can always tell somebody who's been in the Great War. That look is in your eyes now."
(guardian)