A re-enactment of a battle involving American and Soviet troops joining forces against the Germans in World War II is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Ft. Washita, 3348 state Highway 199.

The battle simulation will depict a late World War II skirmish sometime after Elbe Day, April 25, 1945, when Soviet and American troops converged at Elbe River, essentially cutting the German Army in two.

The re-enactment and living history display are part of an annual World War II event hosted by the Chickasaw Nation and open to the public at no charge.

Standard American firearms for the period, such as the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine, will be on display alongside a collection of German and Russian weaponry. As part of the living history display, visitors will also get an up-close look into what a military encampment would have looked and felt like.

Multiple historic structures remain on the Fort Washita grounds, including a hospital, surgeon’s quarters and barracks — all constructed with stone.

Fort Washita is near Lake Texoma, 13 miles east of Madill and 12 miles west of Durant on state Highway 199.

For more information, call (580) 924-6502.

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