ABOUT THE FURIOUS FOURTH WWII Living History Group
Based out of Central Pennsylvania, our 4th Infantry Division living history unit seeks to convey the personal stories, struggles and triumphs of the typical GI who battled across Europe in WWII. We formally portray 2nd Platoon, Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Most of us in the group have professional backgrounds in Education, History and the military. We take a degree of pride in our differences from other reenacting groups.
Rather than merely setting up camp displays with "stuff," we strive to move a step beyond and tell a broader story - a human story. Yes, we can tell you all about the capacities of an M-1 Garand Rifle or the mechanics of a Willys 1942 Jeep. However, these stories of equipment and weaponry matter only in the context of their times and the men who used them. History is the saga of people, not the story of stuff.
To paraphrase the great writer Freeman Tilden, the primary objective of our historical interpretation is "not instruction, but provocation." We constantly strive to live up to that edict. As a living history organization looking to grow, we actively recruit for new members and welcome inquiries about joining the ranks. We are also available for film shoots and movie productions. Please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch about recruitment, educational activities, event opportunities or film projects.
THE FURIOUS FOURTH EXPANDS JOIN OUR NEW PITTSBURGH Area CHAPTER
As the ranks of our group continue to expand, we recognize that several of our members reside in the greater Pittsburgh area. As a result, we are more actively seeking new recruits from the Western Pennsylvania region to participate in our main stage events but also smaller events at Pittsburgh area museums with which we have connections. If you are interested in joining the ranks, please email us through our Contact Us page or message us via Facebook!
The Furious Fourth is pleased to partner with fellow reenacting organizations that also portray the 4th Infantry Division. The 4th Combat Engineer Battalion is primarily based out of Ohio and Pennsylvania. At larger living history events including the Reading Airshow, D-Day Conneaut and the Eisenhower National Historic Site WWII Weekend, we combine forces. Doing so allows us to compile our collections and insight for extremely effective displays. Commanded by Michael Thomas, the engineers allow us to convey a broader story about the 4th Infantry Division and those who served.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF A FRIEND A Farewell To Rob Giunta (1983 - 2017)
For a number of years our group enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow Ivy Division reenactor Rob Giunta. A knowledgeable living historian, an avid collector of militaria, an authority on WWII vehicles and an expert on the history of the 4th Infantry Division, he waged an heroic struggle against cancer in the final months of his life. He is profoundly missed by his friends in the reenactor community. Although he did not live a long life, it was rich with stories and humor that both we and his family will long remember. If you wish to honor Rob, please consider making a donation in his name to the Melanoma Research Foundation of Baltimore.
REENACTORS FOR FILM SHOOTS Need Experts or Extras for Your Production?
Several members of the Furious Fourth possess experience in film productions both large and small. We are experts in 1940s material culture, military tactics, vehicles and weaponry. In addition to our base of knowledge in World War II history, we own a substantial collection of authentic military uniforms and gear appropriate for a variety of scenarios for either home front or battleground scenes. Whether you are seeking background artists for a documentary or advisors for a major motion picture, the Furious Fourth can offer invaluable insight for your production. Contact us to learn more!
OUR OTHER HISTORICAL IMPRESSIONS Portraying Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen
Beyond our traditional reenacting impressions of the 4th Infantry Division, we also have a vast collection of uniforms, equipment and artifacts for specific events with varying historical themes. We were the first reenacting organization to do a formal living history event within Gettysburg National Military Park (top row). Our unit portrayed German POWs who lived and worked on the battlefield from 1944-1946 to assist with wartime production. We participated in the battlefield's landscape restoration project at Devil's Den.
Among our other site-specific portrayals is captured Allied airmen. Fort Roberdeau, a Revolutionary War site, stands in as a Stalag camp as we pay homage to WWII prisoners of war (middle row). This allows us to break away from more typical frontline portrayals and interpret the toils of tedium and survival.
In addition, we also have a full collection of World War II naval uniforms and items that are ideal for living history presentations at naval centers, ship museums and other historic sites (bottom row). Contact us to inquire about participating at your event!