F.A.Q'S
F.A.Q'S
About WW2 Italian reenactment...

Why do you do WW2 Italian?...

Mediterraneo portrays Italian troops to allow people to see one of the major combatants of the Second World War. Most people don't actually know what uniforms the Italian soldier wore, and we aim to demonstrate this through living history.

....but weren't the Italians most famous for surrendering?.....

In the early stages of the war, many Italian soldiers did surrender, and the Allied media played on this heavily to raise the spirits of the people fighting the Axis forces. It would be unfair to call Italians cowards however, as many Italian units fought with distinction and honour.

Why do Italian soldiers wear feathers in their hats?....

Not all Italian soldiers, or rather regiments wore feathers and plumes in their hat wear. This practice was contained by the Alpini and Bersaglieri regiments and is traditional for these units to do so (as they still do to this day). It is in much the same way that the Lifeguards on horse-parade wear full plate armour, or some regiments in the British Army wear plumes in their headwear. It gives those units a respect for their individual history and identity.

So how do you get into Italian reenactment?....

A keen interest in the Italian units in World War Two was the start for most of us. With the plethora of British, US, German and Russian units dominating the WW2 reenactment scene, members of Mediterraneo felt it was time that Italian Soldiers also had 'voice' within the community.

Is it true that Italian tanks had 16 reverse gears, and Italian rifles are in such good condition because they have never been fired and only dropped once?...

Simply.... No. It can be said that the Italian Carcano rifle was not the best for soldiers to go to war with, but they made the best of a bad situation. Italian tanks were comparable to most British tanks of the time but handicapped by poor leadership and tactics.

Is it easy to start doing Italian reenactment?....

Yes it is. Many items of WW2 Italian equipment and uniform are now reproduced by vendors throughout the world, and links to these are found on the links page within this site. You will also be aided by members of the group as to what to get, where to get it and for how much to get it for. Ebay can often bring many good items for the budding soldati!

But weren't the Italians fascists?...

The Italian government at the time was headed by Benito Mussolini, leader of the Fascist party. Part of this structure was to include paramilitary organisations such as the blackshirts. These made up a small part of the armed forces. The bulk majority of Italy's armed forces still swore allegiance to the King of Italy and the term Regio Esercito means Royal Army. The soldiers within these ranks were often not interested in politics or the regime. It was a sense of national pride that drove them to fight. The majority of Italians were not fascists, and even those that were, became rapidly disillusioned with the ideology and the damage the politics had caused Italy.. Mediterraneo is not a political organisation in any form. Fascism is crude form of fringe politic and the group has absolutely no interest in its promotion.


General FAQ's About WW2 reenactment


What is WW2 reenactment all about?...

Its about enthusiasts for the period portraying different units and nations. Through the medium of reenactment and living history, groups want to demonstrate and educate to members of the public the different uniforms and equipment the combatant nations used.

Aren't you glorifying war?....

No. Reenactment aims to show people what their previous generations went through. Its to help maintain their sacrifices in the present mind. The recreation of battles are aimed to demonstrate the different weapons and vehicles men and women used at the time, and to try and put it in a more historical context.  There are groups that also portray the homefront, to help people understand some of the depravations our forefathers(and mothers) had to tolerate.We leave the glorification of war to Hollywood.

Isn't this just grown men playing at soldiers?...

Yes and No. Reenactment is a form of roleplay, and some groups have their members chose pseudonyms while they are at events. This is to convey a more realistic setting. When people reenact as a soldier or person from a foreign country then even those respective languages are spoken when displaying. When 'playing' as soldiers in WW2 uniform, groups are just showing the public how the men and women carried themselves. many reenactors will admit to having a childhood fascination with the period. Donning the uniform of the period does give the wearer a more realistic sense of the difficulties faced by their forebears.

Why do people want to portray German/Enemy units? Are they not patriotic?....

People portray German/Enemy units to offer a balance to the WW2 reenactment scene. The war was fought by many nations. All fought for different reasons, and the soldiers of those nations were compelled to fight for their national honour. To only portray the Allied units would leave the reenactment scene very stale and unrealistic. By wearing an enemy uniform, reenactors are allowing people the chance to see the kit used worn in the original manner. It is not unpatriotic to do this. The fact that we are able to do so is testimony to those that fought to give us the freedom to do so. German WW2 units were generally exceptional soldiers, well trained and equipped. Allowing people to see these uniforms and equipment and the tactics employed shows that Allied soldiers fighting for our base freedoms did a fantastic job, and their efforts should never be forgotten. People who reenact enemy units come from all walks of life, and some were professional service men/women. The fact that these people donned the uniform of our nation, to fight and protect our principles and way of life shows that we are patriotic towards our mother nation. We just have an interest in another nations military feats. Calling Axis reenactors unpatriotic is much like saying you are unpatriotic if you liked the Sex pistols, or felt that the film 'Das Boot' was an excellent piece of cinematography.

Does WW2 German reenactment endorse Nazi ideology?....

A definite and resounding No.  German reenactment groups strive to denounce this ideology. They do not accept or entertain people who have these views or express them. The wearing of the Swastika and other such symbols is done on a purely historically accurate basis.

Are the weapons real?....

Many of the weapons displayed by groups are original items from WW2. They have been either deactivated, held on firearms licenses or are replica's recognized by the home office as such. Edged weapons are worn as part of the historical portrayal of the individual soldier. Reenactors do not treat these things as toys.