ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Midway Village is taking history to the extreme this weekend.
The normally peaceful area now looks and sounds like a war zone with World War II Days occupying the grounds.
With more than 1,200 people taking part, it's the biggest World War II era re-enactment in the U.S.
The battles feature authentic weapons and vehicles, along with plenty of special effects.
"You will not believe the amount of equipment, the amount of re-enactors, the soldiers, the displays," said Midway Village Museum President David Byrnes. "You really get a good idea of what life was like in the 1940's during the war."
The re-enactment will continue tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and World War II veterans get in for free.