I was once a military in the Portuguese Navy, my father was a militar during the colonial war both in Angola and then Guine, I had a grandfather that was in the border police (a contrabadist more like it) and a grand uncle (is it call that way? he was a brother of one of my grandfathers) that fight with the republicans in the Spanish Civil War, and cause of that ended up exiled in East Timor. History was my first choice for my academic studies, but the only future in that was on teatching (I would most likely be expelled from that for kicking the students), so I was more pragmatic and choose Economy.
So History in general and Militar history in particular is my hobby, unfortenately in Portugal we do not have the good anglo-saxonic tradition of Historical Societies, but the few that exist I’m in. I’m kind of a amateur expert in the Peninsular War during the French Invasions, and in the Civil War that followed in Portugal (the Liberal wars). I know all the forts and paths from the torres defensive lines that stoped Massena’s army in front of Lisbon, a very underrated battle in the Napoleonic wars. Also did some of those battle simulations in Bucaço and Vimeiro, with all XIX century militar gear, but soon quit that, I still don’t understand how they could fight in those suits in the hot days (believe only the hats make you sweat like a pig), and I was always picked for the French side so I never won ;D, the fatigue’s were nicer of course.