Conneaut General Rules & Authenticity Regulations Revised March 2014
Conneaut Township Park welcomes the D-Day event, its
participants and its spectators.
There are a few simple rules they ask us to observe.
drive vehicles (except for loading and unloading) in
undesignated areas, such as the lawns and tennis court
camp fires are not permitted. Camp fires can be built in
designated locations only. Contact event headquarters
leave the park as you found it. Police your trash and
personal goods throughout the weekend and as you depart
Conneaut focuses on June 6, 1944.
Impressions are restricted to the ETO (England, France,
Belgium, Germany) and Home Front from 1942 to June 6,
Excluding educational materials and display boards, if
it is not appropriate to the European Theater of
Operations in 1944, or if you’re not sure, don’t bring
modern manufacture needed for basic health and safety
(e.g. coolers) should be hidden from view during public
hours and discreetly used otherwise.
Encampment and Camp Equipment
and camp equipment must represent items in use in the
European Theater of Operations during WWII.
a. US GP Small tents are not permitted.
b. US GP Medium tents are permitted in certain locations.
c. Ground cloths must be appropriate to WWII.
of space constraints, D-Day Conneaut permits modern
camping only for volunteer groups working at the event
(e.g. CAP and boy scouts). Modern camping is available
at several nearby camp grounds.
vehicles must be parked in the participant parking. No
modern vehicle parking is permitted on site during the
event weekend (Friday 0830h to Saturday 1700h) unless by
special permit. There are NO exceptions.
a. If you need your vehicle close by, we recommend purchasing
a weekend parking pass from Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church (funds support their youth group’s missionary
Participant must police their own trash. Trash bags will
be provided at the reenactor check in or Operations
Authenticity for WWII Impressions
All WWII era re-enactors representing Axis and Allied forces
of Western Europe in 1944 are invited to attend D-Day
Conneaut. ETO and Home Front impressions and displays are
welcome and encouraged. Participants are asked to refrain
from wearing and displaying items not documented to the
European Theater of Operations or US homefront. Educational
materials and display boards, as well as tagged or labeled
items intended for spectator’s education are permitted.
The event authenticity guidelines have been developed to
help D-Day Conneaut attain the highest quality WWII
representation and living history experience for spectators
and reenactors. The success of the event depends on the
efforts of the participants and their cooperation in abiding
by the safety and authenticity rules.
Your cooperation and positive attitude in meeting or
exceeding the authenticity guidelines is greatly
appreciated. In the rare event, if a participant chooses to
ignore the safety or authenticity requirements, the event
organizers reserve the right to request the participant to
terminate their involvement in the event. Back to Top
Eastern Front, PTO, Political and Celebrity Impressions are
not permitted at D-Day Conneaut. However, those wishing to
do a Celebrity Impersonation of non-political persons may
contact event staff to discuss the permissibility of their
b. Obviously modern hair color is not permitted (e.g.
blue or pink) and modern hairstyles should be covered or
altered to appear “vintage.”
c. Obviously modern body art (i.e. piercings or tattoos)
is also not permitted and should be covered or removed.
d. Men’s facial hair should be trimmed to be appropriate
to the impression they are portraying.
ALL tools, drinking
vessels, utensils and other common items should look
like or date to 1944 or before.
courtesy will be in effect in the camps. 1940s etiquette
should be used by non-military participants.
Not Sure? Don’t Bring It! Some WWII camp equipment and personal items
were likely not to have appeared in the European Theater of
Operations because of their date of manufacture (M-1945
Command Tent, M1944 Mermite containers). We consider these
items “questionable” and request you to refrain from
bringing them. If you have documentation for a specific
“late war” item’s use in pre-Invasion England or the ETO
prior to June 6, 1944 and would be willing to bring the
information, we would be delighted to share in your
knowledge. If you are unsure about the use or
appropriateness of any of your items, please leave it at
Modern footwear and sunglasses, post WWII uniform parts etc.
are not permitted.
A participant less than 18 years of age, but having reached
their 16th birthday by the date of the event who desire to
participate in D-DAY CONNEAUT tactical scenarios may do so
IF and only if accompanied by their parent or guardian at
all times. Their parent or guardian will willingly assume
full responsibility and liability for the minor under their
the age of 16 ARE PROHIBITED from taking part in the combat
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Registered Medical Personnel -
Reenactors Portraying Medics -
If you are a medical professional licensed/certified to
practice first aid or emergency care in Ohio, and would be
willing to do so if needed during the event, please alert
the commanding officer at your respective camp HQ. Unit
commanders will be briefed on D-Day Conneaut’s system for
determining a real medical emergency from a simulated one so
that actual medical needs are not overlooked on the
Those reenactors wishing to bring period vehicles to the
event, please click
here for specific rules, restrictions, and
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on the Battlefield
Combat photographers and journalists, served an important
role in documenting the history of the invasion and also
took part in the events that followed the initial landing.
As many units appreciate photos of their members in action,
photographers are permitted in the battle field with special
restrictions. Photographers not already attached to a
military unit will be assigned to one by the press
officer, John Veglak.
All persons in the landing zone will strive to meet the
basic infantry standards described in the authenticity
regulations. No un-uniformed or partially uniformed
individual will be permitted on the battlefield.
Historic photo equipment is
is required in all battles.
If you use modern equipment disguise it. Using an empty
period camera body is the preferred method of concealment. A
non functional Speed-Graphic or other vintage camera can
generally be obtained at a reasonable cost and most modern
cameras will fit inside one. Unconcealed, modern equipment
will not be permitted on the beach or any of our other
If you have creatively devised a way to conceal a video
camera in such a way as it is not easily observed, it may be
permitted. Please contact or see John Veglak for review and
approval. We seek to avoid marring an otherwise authentic
scene with the painfully obvious sight of a modern camera
being freely and openly brandished.
Still and motion picture photographers who participate in
the beach landing are invited to submit their images to our
public share gallery. Visit the "public share"
each year for more information.
This event does involves a simulated beach landing.
Waterproof your gear accordingly. D-Day Ohio, Inc. is not be
responsible for any damaged or loss to camera equipment or
D-Day Has Staff
Please refrain from being tempted to take out your camera in
the mists of battle. If you can see people, they can
see you.... and your camera!
D-Day has gathered a team of 7 professional photographers
who will be canvassing the event to capture all the great
action. Images from the event will be available for purchase
from our gallery after the event for a modest cost. Proceeds
from photo sales help support the event.
If you would like a special "unit" picture or picture of
your impression or set up, please feel free to flag down one
of our team members or contact our photography coordinator,
Wayne Heim. They
will be more then willing to assist.
This year our team members will be dressed in WWII gear and
will be identified by a patch and arm band. To provide the
best possible pictures for our guests they will be carrying
and using modern camera equipment. We ask reenactors however
to keep their modern cameras concealed while wondering the
camp. Even our team is not allowed into the battle field
with modern gear so please leave the camera in your tent.
D-DAY CONNEAUT IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. IF YOU PLAN ON USING
VIDEO FOOTAGE FOR PROFIT AND/OR THE D-DAY CONNEAUT LOGO AND
NAME, YOU MUST OBTAIN WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE EVENT
ORGANIZERS PRIOR TO USE. This does not prohibit taking
photos or shooting live action video for your unit or their
website. If you have questions regarding this, please
Media Committee Chairman.
Pre-registration and Check In
Pre-registration is required for reenactors. You may arrive
as early as Tuesday afternoon the week of the event. If you
arrive before formal check-in is open, please stop at the
Operations Center (behind the check in desk) for direction
to your camp site. When you arrive on site, you must check
in to be directed to your camp site. If you set up in an
area that was not designated for you, you will be required
to move your tent!
Check-in and on-site registration is Thursday 10AM to 9PM
and Friday 10AM to 10PM. Saturday morning is your last
chance to register, 7AM to 9AM. No late arrivals are
permitted unless you have made prior arrangements with D-Day
Ohio. Please email betsyb@ddayohio to make special
To speed your check in, please bring your “registration
A $10 “INCONVENIENCE” FEE WILL BE ASSESSED TO THOSE
WHO HAVE NOT PRE-REGISTERED.