World War II came to Fremont Middle School in Mundelein on Thursday as re-enactment experts from Don't Know Much About History showed students what it was like to be a soldier or a pilot.
"When you can see and feel and touch things, that's what really brings it home to people, said World War II re-enactor Phil Lauricella of Elburn.
Lauricella's program takes kids from enlistment to discharge and everything in between.
"We bring World War II to life for the students," he said.
Eighth-graders were treated to three programs -- the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, Allied soldiers from Russia and Britain, and German and U.S. soldiers.
The re-enactors explained battle fatigue, dressing for battle and key weapons used in battle.
Students tried on uniforms and held weapons from the era.