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Video: WWII re-enactors ‘battle’ for Rockford, Ill.

Suddenly, Rockford, Ill., was overrun by Joes, Jerries and Tommies.

This video posted on YouTube by thetruekingofnorway depicts the
2011 “Battle of Rockford,” where more than 1,000  World War II
re-enactors converged on Rockford, Illinois with Jeeps, tanks and
all the sounds of battle.

To add historical context, thetruekingofnorway dubbed in soundbites with captions from different leaders from both sides of the war:

0:08-0:26 – Hitler, speaking after his election to the Chancellorship, 1933.
0:29-0:46 – Churchill, his Great Declaration before the Allies, 1941.
0:47-1:18 – Goebbels, delivering his “Totaler Krieg” speech, 1943.
1:32-1:45 – (same as above.)
1:46-2:00 – Roosevelt, praying for troops on D-Day, 1944.
2:07-2:17 – Hitler, speaking after his election to the Chancellorship, 1933.
2:20-2:30 – Eisenhower, speaking to troops on D-Day, 1944.
2:37-2:55 – Churchill, his Great Declaration before the Allies, 1941.
3:02-3:17 – Goebbels, location and date unknown to me.
3:18-3:33 – Churchill, speaking in County Hall, London, 1941.
3:34-3:47 – Hitler, speaking at a (Nuremberg?) rally, date unknown to me.
3:51-END – Roosevelt, Flag Day Address, 1942.

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: neilwmccabe@gmail.com Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.

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