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"By knowing our past we may easier understand our present and also be prepared for the future!"
Naturally, I have also have a personal collection with a military theme - My European Military Headwear Collection that currently numbers some 220+ individual items.
History - as a way of life
Living and preserving history is more than a hobby, it has become a way of life. I have during my brief time in this "racket" experienced different forms, from historical parade units, military music bands to live re-enactments of historical battles and anniversaries.
This lifestyle incorporates some of the main interests in my life:
This is something I warmly recommend to anyone, regardless of age, who would be interested in the same theme.
I just love the way fellow re-enactors create wonderful uniforms and costumes, hand-made instruments, lovingly restored muskets, hand-painted regimental colours, carefully built field camps, amazing historical dances, knowledge about history ... and the obvious time-travel You encounter when entering a period camp.
Another interesting aspect has also been the close encounter, or should I say endless hours, with needle and thread. Trying my hand at sewing my own uniforms has been a novel but stimulating experience, despite bleeding fingertops and numerous remakes.
No, I have no degree in history, but decades spent studying and living it has given me a certain level of knowledge, this fascination that I have carried since early childhood. From the humble start of building model airplanes and warships (airfix, revell and the others) to seriously studying history courtesy of books and archives, visiting countless museums and battlefields all over Europe, taking part in re-enactments, debating and arguing history with fellow enthusiasts, the stories of my grandfathers fighting in the Finnish Army during 1939-44. All these have given me an enormously interesting and vast insight into the very turbulent European history from the renaissance all the way to the Cold War.
This fascination for history is not about glorifying war but remembering events that shaped our countries, about the people that were involved in the wars. Whether we like it or not, most of the technological developments in the world have their origins in military evolutions - for good and for bad. One of the more recent evolutions, or should I say revolutions - the internet - is also originally a military technology. This useful tool helps us to find and share information on the global World Wide Web.
As You tread through these pages I hope You will find something interesting, or maybe even some new angles to history. If You have any feedback, comments and corrections, these will be warmly received. Thanks and welcome back again - I aim to keep updating regularly.