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    Members of the Cassovia Corp and Retro Air civic associations from Košice organizes every year a re-enactment of the battle for the Dargov Pass in eastern Slovakia between German and Soviet army. The fight for the Dargov Pass took place at the end of 1944 and in January 1945. The audience could witness what the lives of the Soviet and German soldiers were like in the historically-accurate encampments and they could see the military equipment and armaments used by both sides during the battle. It is demonstrated the battle tactics, especially the defensive tactics of the German army which by the end of 1944 consisted of a strategy of retreat on all fronts. Spectators could see how this defense could be bypassed. This part of history is quite poorly researched. For example, you can’t find out from historical documents exactly how many people died in this battle but from available sources we estimate 20,000 to 25,000 fatalities, including civilians.

    Organizers of the event used military equipment from private collections as well as from the Slovak Military Historical Institute. Vehicles and equipment displayed included a T-34 tank, a half-track Hackel vehicle, AFV SDKF-222, antitank guns and Katyusha rockets. About 160 people participated in the re-enactment with 28 people operating the vehicles. A Yak-52 aeroplane, camouflaged in the colours of the Soviet air force, was also used. The battle is divided into several parts. Military history clubs from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and also Hungary took part in the event.

    The WWII Carpathians-Dukla campaign opened Slovakia for the entry of the Red Army and the defeat of the German army at Dargov Pass, where they had defended a second battle line, opened the way for the Red Army to advance towards Košice.<



    This year was the battle re-enactmented in a village Nemecká (Central Slovakia)

    © Marius Sachtikus Photography  http://www.wix.com/sachtikus/home

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    Don't want to make a new topic for this. Here is a video from the Czech Republic and Slovakia with HD photos of a WW2 reenactment.

    WW2 Re-enactment shows 2009 CZ+SK in HD photographs with Red Orchestra audio



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    Was this cammo widespread in WWII?

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