Former war reenactor Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, explains what it takes to become a successful war reenactment group member.
Exciting, educational, and personally rewarding alike, for a number of years, Samuel Brozina spent much of his free time volunteering as a Revolutionary War reenactor. Now a qualified pilot and local landscaping service foreman from Millville, New Jersey, Brozina outlines several key aspects which he believes are central to success for those looking to delve into the world of war reenactment.
“There are few better ways to learn about history than by spending time in the shoes of someone who lived in the past,” explains Brozina, touching on his first point – education.
It’s important, he says, that those seeking a role as a war reenactor take an active interest in history if they’re to do the process justice. “A reenactor should learn all he or she can about the time period and the persona they choose,” suggests the expert.
Brozina is also keen to highlight the costs involved. “As a hobby, being a successful war reenactor can become somewhat expensive,” he explains, “as uniforms and equipment are expected to be authentic in appearance and appropriate to the character of a person who lived in a bygone era.”
Don’t have a complete set of authentic supplies and equipment? “Don’t worry,” says Brozina. “In some cases, that may not be an issue as many war reenactment groups will have items to loan to new members interested in the hobby,” he reveals.
“There’s often at least a small physical requirement, too,” adds war reenactment expert Samuel Brozina, “and you should be in good health, and able to perform physical activities.”
Some roles, he says, are not as demanding as others, but a successful war reenactor should be fit and healthy enough to last for several hours or more without the comforts of modern life.
Asked for a closing tip for those interested in becoming a war reenactor, Brozina’s advice is to choose a group carefully. “Try the group out to see if you’re mutually a good fit for each other,” he advises. If not, the expert suggests looking for a group or time period of history that suits your needs or interests better.
“Most of all,” he adds, wrapping up, “enjoy the time you spend as the living face of history to members of the public who want to learn more.”