WWI events to be restored by re-enactors
Historical and Memorial Museum of Niemcewicz Estate in Brest District to host 4th Skoki-2015 military-patriotic festival in December
The festival is dedicated to the signing of the armistice on the Eastern Front, on December 15th 1917. Its major action will be the reconstruction of WWI battles. Historical clubs from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will help in reconstructing events from a century ago, with around 100 re-enactment groups and organisers planning to participate.
A conference is also intended during the festival, entitled The Great European War, allowing amateur and professional historians to discuss ‘white spots’ of the First World War. The opening of a memorial plaque is also planned, devoted to the anniversary of the signing of the Brest Peace Treaty.
The family estate of Niemcewicz, constructed in the late 18th century, is directly connected with the events of that war. For two years, the palace hosted the high command general headquarters of the Eastern German Front of Prince Leopold of Bavaria. On December 15th, 1917, a military armistice was signed and, two days later, the first organisational session took place, dealing with negotiations to conclude peace. These were finally signed on March 3rd, 1918, inside Brest Fortress’ White Palace.
By Vladimir Mishin