A Sherman tank provided military history weekend guests an up-close and personal and operational look into history.
The tank barreled through downtown Sandusky Friday, making its way to the Ohio Veterans Home to be a featured guest at event sponsored by the Firelands Military Vehicle Group and Ohio Military Heritage Association.
The event continues today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with re-enactments, military vehicles and equipment, non-firing versions of anti-aircraft weaponry from the world wars and much more.
Food and beverages are being provided by the local Boy Scouts and a bake sale will offer goodies with proceeds going to the Women's Relief Corps of the Grand Army Republic.
The re-enactment includes a German unit from World War II.
Eric Hoffman,29, and his father frequently participate in military history events like this one.
From the Cleveland area the father and son don replica Nazi wool uniforms and set up their encampment for events.
To buy a real period uniform would cost up to $10,000, Hoffman said.
Hoffman and Thomas Frederick, 22, spent the afternoon working on a rehabilitated Ford truck made to look like a DAF truck from World War II.
Its owner, a mechanic, is in Iraq doing contract work, Frederick said.
The event allows guests to sit in the seats of World War II Red Cross ambulances, climb in and out of the Sherman tank and get behind the wheel of military Jeeps and transport vehicles. No actual driving, of course; pretend motor noises welcome though.
If guests are at the event at the right time they just might hear a earth-shaking, heartbeat skipping boom, if the the Sherman tank's main gun is fired.
Several other small cannons can also be demonstrated.