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By Jim Fisher
For The Sentinel 

WWII reenactment group comes to Goldendale


Contributed: Karen Belanger

RUSSIANS IN WASHINGTON: Patrick Ireland, left, and “Russian commander” Jason Sloate advance on German forces during a World War II reenactment near Goldendale.

Time rolled backwards by 69 years a few weekends ago in the area surrounding a sprawling hilltop not far from the Klickitat River. For three days the usually quiet valleys echoed with the sounds of heavy gunfire as a unit of the Red Army and a ragged band of partisans met soldiers of the Third Reich in battle. Despite the ferocity of the combatants, the casualty list remained extremely short; mostly blisters and bruises, due largely to the fact that blanks were the only shots fired and all were in simulated anger.

History enthusiasts from a group called RKKA Northwest represented the Russian Army at a weekend-long combat reenactment event held Aug. 9-11, on property owned by the Horseshoe...

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