College History Students Stage Miniature World War II Battle

In an effort to "bring history to life," Montgomery College professor of history, Dr. Craig Livingston, goes to very small lengths--as in 25 millimeters. That's the size of the hand-painted military figures that were used by Dr. Livingston's history students to recreate the bocage country of France in 1944, where U.S. and German infantry battled for control of a critical road junction during World War II.

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Pictured are (l. to r.): Montgomery College history students Jasmine Bombaywala, Cici Gutierrez, and Dr. Craig Livingston, professor of history, during the miniature reenactment of a World War II battle.

Dr. Livingston's U.S. history students are no strangers to the battlefield. In previous semesters, they have reenacted the Battle of Gettysburg (Civil War), a World War I air battle over the Meuse-Argonne Front, the Battle of Brandywine (Revolutionary War), the Battle of Quebec, which took place during the French and Indian War in the 18th century, and several World War II battles.

"The battle play helps bring history into perspective for the students," said Livingston. "They come away with a greater understanding of the events surrounding the battle, and how the outcome permanently alters the course of history."

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