World War II Training Comes Alive as Living Historians Teach About the North African Campaign

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will  be presenting its fall living history event on September 29-30.

In 1942, the United States Army was called upon to undertake the most formidable task it had ever faced: destroy the Nazi threat around the world. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is proud to present a living history event, “Training for the North African Campaign,” to honor and remember the American Soldiers who risked everything in the Second World War. The event will kick off on Friday, September 28th with a day-long education program for school groups and will continue on Saturday and Sunday (29th-30th) with two days of interactive living history, showing how Soldiers trained and fought during the opening salvos of America’s involvement in World War II.

America’s leaders finally decided to enter World War II in the western theater in November 1942, by invading Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia to push the German Wehrmacht’s tank corps out of North Africa and secure the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The USAHEC’s fall event is a unique opportunity to learn how the U.S. Army’s Soldiers spent months training and preparing for the grueling and dangerous mission. The programs are open to the public and will feature reenactors concentrating on the development and training of the U.S. Army globally as it prepared to fight the Nazis in North Africa. U.S. Soldiers are the highlight of the event, but American allies and adversaries will also be present to interact with visitors.

The event takes place on the mile-long Army Heritage Trail, which will be packed with displays, military vehicles, and live demonstrations depicting the history of Soldiers in World War II, including presentations of weapons and tactics, USO and medical tents, and meet-and-greet talks with Veterans who risked their lives during World War II. The Visitor and Education Center will present indoor lectures and a live swing-band performance with dancers dressed in period garb. Saturday will include a unique event, as The Ranger Group’s Parachute Team jumps onto the Army Heritage Trail as part of a ceremony to honor the service of World War II Veteran Richard “Red” Falvey. Born in Ardsley, New York, Falvey, a frequent USAHEC event participant, was a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and jumped into Normandy on D-Day and during Operation Market Garden. His contributions will be remembered during this special observance.

The USAHEC’s, “Training for the North African Campaign,” living history event is completely free and open to the public. Parking is free, and food vendors will be available on site. The event kicks off for school students on September 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM. On Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th, the parking lots open to the public at 8:30 AM and the event programs begin at 9:00 AM. Programs continue all three days until 5:00 PM. The USAHEC is located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. For a detailed schedule, to get involved, or to learn more about the event, visit www.USAHEC.org or call 717-245-3972.