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WWI comes to life with encampment in Springfield

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2012

Tanks and chemical gas made World War One like no other war that had been fought.  See and a hear what a soldier from Illinois would have experienced during A Great War Encampment this weekend in Springfield.

Stewart Reeve is the director of the Illinois Military Museum.  He says you’ll get a better understanding of the importance of the war setting the stage for the rest of the 20th century.

Living historians will be wearing uniforms of the different nations that fought; there will be reenactments of skirmishes and a demonstration using gas masks.

The Great War Encampment is from 9am-5pm Saturday and from 9am-2pm Sunday at the Illinois Military Museum in Springfield.  Admission is free.

You can learn more by listening to an interview that’s available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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