D-DAY-CONNEAUT is America’s premier living history event and one of the most realistic and educational annual re-enactment of D-Day – June 6th, 1944.
The largest WWII re-enactment in the US!
Since 1999, this annual recreation of the amphibious Allied landings upon the beaches of Normandy, France, has thrilled ten-thousands of spectators. The event occurs within the beautifully kept grounds of Conneaut Township Park, Conneaut, Ohio, and assembles over 1,200 re-enactors from across the United States Canada and even from Oversees. Remarkably, the 250 yard long beach and sloping adjacent terrain closely resemble Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.
This year BAIV BV from The Netherlands is present at this event for the first time and really like and welcome you.
make a reservation to join this unique event before we are booked out,
Learn more about our Customer Experience (CEx) and unique approach.
For BAIV restorations of Military Vehicles is a journey we start together with you with the discovery of a wreck and developing it into a long-term friendship,
Learn more about the unique Events and Commemorations which will be organized in our Lovely Province of Brabant in 2019; Brabant Remembers 40-45 together with Crossroads will be the biggest in- and outdoor story telling event in the World. Operation Market Garden being the unique event in the Southern Part of Holland you want to participate in.
See the first Public Presentation in the US of the by our team fully restored 1944 Priest M7B1 for our client WW2 Armor from Florida US. WW2 Armor will bring 5 Tanks to the Event!
Become thrilled, inspired and moved; relive and be touched but most of all; FREEDOM IS NOT FOR FREE; be happy that we can live in Freedom!
D-DAY Conneaut OHIO 2019: Be there, be entertained, enjoy and don’t forget to experience BAIV’s hospitality and friendship.
Be part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. BAIV offers you an unique 75th Anniversary D-Day Experience in Normandy.
Live like a GI in a WW2 Army Camp on historic grounds at Omaha Beach, walk
the sands of the invasion beaches, be marveled by the formidable defending
positions of the Atlantic Wall and visit the drop zones of paratroopers and
landing grounds of glider troops. Let us drive you in historic WW2 army vehicles
along the paths of the allied forces and tell you about their battles, setbacks and
victories in small towns, around important bridges and hills in their struggle to
establish a foothold on the Normandy shores. See and undergo their determination
to conquer, their stories of hope, fear and individual heroism. And of course
we also visit several cemeteries in Normandy to honor and pay tribute to the
fallen heroes on Normandy soil.
The BAIV 75th Anniversary D-Day Experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,
honoring the men who landed on D-Day June 6th 1944, which lead to the Victory
over the Nazi regime in Europe in World War Two.
Join us on the beaches of Normandy and sign in now,
The GMC Quick Way, as being sold by BAIV last year, seems to be, after historical research, an original prototype from a series of 4 units ever built. So fare as we have been informed this is the only one left worldwide!
The 4 tons Quick Way-Crane was normally installed on the Coleman and the 6-ton trucks as being produced by Brockway, White and Corbitt. However GMC has also built 4 examples with this crane with reduced capacity for testing purposes. In field test the capacity of the GMC chassis proved to be insufficient to accommodate the crane so it never went into production.
This specific example was, after demob by the US Army, finally discovered in Norway in the late seventies in exceptionally deprived state. Detailed history is unknown. The original rolling chassis (with split axles!!) was in such a bad condition that it must be replaced.
There the unit was incomplete and cannibalized Ad Petit, a Dutch collector and owner of a prop rental company AWP Rekwisieten (http://www.awprekwisieten.nl/ ), spent together with his team over 9 months to get it running and functional again! With a lot of expertise, Tender Love and Care he rebuilt the unit back to its former glory. Using many parts he discovered in the past and always kept in stock.
On the weekend of May 26th and 27th it was presented to the public for the first time at the festival Dort in Steam. The original crane engine (international) proved to be fit for purpose!
Ad himself took care for the controls! Ad was a professional crane drive for over 35 years in the Province of Zeeland.
The good corporation between Ad and his team and BAIV resulted in the preservation of a very nice example of living history. Many ‘experts’ who doubt that it was not original proofed to be wrong.
Ad found the written proof and birth certificate of the unit!