We all know that the PTO is underrepresented in reenacting, but a good question would be why this is. I'm interested to hear what everyones' theories on this are. My own personal theory is that it has always been this way, even since before the war ended. Roosevelt's "Europe First" policy meant that even news from the PTO was limited by the censors in order to keep Europe in the forefront of the American psyche. This means that most Americans have always thought of fighting the Nazis when they think of WWII.
1stLt Lieutenant, USMC (currently serving) Charlie Company, 1st Bn, 7th Marines (reenacted) Vice President, Battle of Okinawa Historical Society, Camp Kinser, Okinawa Semper Fi
Seems that when many of us were young the history shows, book, magazines and TV shows only showed European theater stuff, (Combat, 12 O'clock high) So we all basically got interested in ETO stuff and not PTO stuff.
Post by PhM3/c Bowers on Oct 9, 2012 0:41:20 GMT -5
I agree with the above statements but I have experienced, as well as others, that once you get bit by the PTO bug, it never goes away and in fact, it only gets worse. Perhaps its the mystery behind it. Perhaps its the lower numbers and its almost like an exclusive group in the hobby. Perhaps its just that damn interesting. Whatever it is, I hope more people get on board.
We few... It's due to tv and movies. However, as my esteemed colleague said: once bit, you're infected for life. We do USMC as a secondary imp, there are not a lot of battles out west for pto, however, the one we have gets bigger each year.
Like a few others I started doing German reenacting due to the fact that everyone else was American. I think the reason the PTO is slow to start is the lack of people that want to do Japanese infantry. It was hard enough to find decent repro Japanese uniforms let alone equipment. Althought I understand that is turning around, finding rifles at a good price could be a factor. For me I've been the bad guy long enough, now it's time to be one the winning side. I spent 6 years in the navy, lived in Japan for two of those. Cruised the same waters my grandfather did(just didn't have a kamikaze slam into my ship) and spent time in the PI. Got to walk some of the area that we reenact and the history that went with it. I love...no crave history and want to make sure that future generations never forget the sacrifice made.
Having just entered the world of IJA/IJN collecting I can see the issue.
Japanese stuff (that is of quality) is hard to find and pretty much you get stuck with Nakata Shoten. But oh yeah they don't ship outside of Japan. Stewart's had a nice stint of getting Nakata items in, but most of it eventually dried up. I lucked out having a friend who travels to Tokyo quite often and as I found out while visiting him he literally lives a block and a half from Mr. Nakata's store. While I lived in Iwakuni for a spell for my two year tour there, my address was a FPO so anything I ordered would end up in the States anyways. And I didn't have any Japanese friends that could let me "use their mail box."
And of course Nakata's does all kinds of hard to find items throughout the IJA/IJN history. Very cool.
However an up and comer "Hikishop" is becoming the common, easy to get a hold of, "econo" level stuff. Its decent, their leather items are built a bit more sturdy and the price is decent.
So hopefully that will entice more into doing PTO on the "its hard to get enough people of opposing sides together" angle.
But I agree with all of you, the reasons are varied and yes some are grounded in the history itself.
For me, its the bug of collecting that comes along with the hobby and as a Marine I can't let my own history go forgotten.