The Greater Ohio Living History Association, WWII US Mech Forces HQ, will return for a 10th season to demonstrate and discuss strategies employed by American and German troops and the French resistance during World War II during a special event Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek, 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty.
The “GI and Jerry” outdoor activities take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public interaction and unit area visitation is strongly encouraged.
Resembling a French chateau occupied by German troops in 1944, the building surrounded by bushes and fields represents a setting similar to those faced by Americans and their Allies.
The schedule includes:
10 a.m. — Patrol commander briefing, all forces, Allied command post (CP).
10:15 a.m. — Allied Patrol briefing, Allied CP, German briefing, German CP.
10:30 a.m. — Patrols draw blank ammunition, begin movement to start lines.
11 a.m. — Patrol (possible skirmish).
11:30 a.m. — US forces mail call, in front of Medical station.
Noon – 801st Medical Air Evacuation Squadron presentation. All other forces, noon mess.
1 p.m. — Weapons talk and demonstration.
1:30 p.m. — Formation, skirmish briefing, all forces.
1:45 p.m. — Forces move to skirmish start positions.
2 p.m. — Demonstration battle/skirmish; moving to wounded treatment at Medical Station.
2:45 p.m. — Prisoner of War processing and interrogation.
The event is sponsored by the Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities with support from 2023 Season Sponsor, Dr. Ronald Alvin Stewart, Series Sponsor, Jeffrey Glebacki, the Mary Eleanor Morris Fund of the Columbus Foundation and Piatt Castle Co. Inc.
For more information, contact margaret, (937) 465-2821.
The Greater Ohio Living History Association, WWII US Mech Forces HQ, present a previous demonstration at the Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)