Reenactment Groups

One of our team members, Adrian, has been a Reenactor/Living Historian for 11 years. Portraying a British Royal Artillery gunner, a USAAF pilot, a US Airborne trooper, a German armoured reconnaissance vehicle crewman, and even a US Infantryman in Afghanistan! He has also dipped his toe in other different portrayals, at public events such as the Yorkshire Wartime Experience, the Victory Show, and Military Odyssey. As well as this, he has also organised his own 1940’s wartime weekends, Charity events, educational talks at Schools and has experience running his own Living History Group.

Below he has written a guide/advice on how to get started within this hobby, or keep scrolling to find a list of reenactment groups to get in touch with.

Reenactors in WW2 British Paratrooper uniforms in front of a bunker

Choose your interest

The first step will always be to narrow down what you are interested in. Whether that be a US Paratrooper, Wehrmacht Panzer Grenadier, British Commando or any of the many, many other roles throughout military history.

Reenactors in WW2 German uniforms lying in a wheatfield in front of a ridge

Research your topic

The best thing that you can do, is research, research, research! Try to find some good reference books on the subject matter, and understand the portrayal you want to do.

3 reenactors in WW2 British home gaurd uniforms with bags helmets and binoculars standing in front of trees and sky pointing into the distance

Contact a Living History group

To truly make the most of the hobby, the best thing you can do is get in touch with a Living History group who specialises in the area of what you would like to portray. There are different types of groups. Some are very pro-active, attending many public events, taking part in film/tv shows, or carrying out private training weekends, all whilst ‘in character’. Other groups will take a more ‘laid back approach’ and engage with the public in a ‘hands on’ approach, showing the equipment/uniforms of the period, and explaining what the bits and pieces are.

Some groups recruit from local areas, and attend events within locality. Other groups will be nationwide, and attend larger shows, normally with a much larger display.

Groups will normally invite you along to attend an event with them, some even ‘loaning’ you uniform and equipment to see if it is for you. You can get to see what a typical event will be like, meeting the public, as well as getting to know the group better. They may have group subscriptions, which allows them to acquire equipment, as well as provide Public Liability Insurance (PLI) to cover should any accidents occur. If the group doesn’t have subscription fees, they may encourage you to take your own PLI, just to make sure you are covered. Most events will require this for you attending.

3 reenactors in WW2 British home gaurd uniforms with bags helmets and binoculars standing in front of trees and sky pointing into the distance
reenacctors lined up infront of a tank with ww2 us paratrooper uniforms, helmets and weapons

Being 'Independent'

Not everyone does want to join a group. You may want to attend 1940’s or ‘Wartime Weekends’ doing your own portrayal. This is how I started within the hobby. You can do this, though some events will have limitations preventing you from some activities or carrying weapons. Again everything comes back to making sure you have done your research and presenting the most authentic and informed portrayal you can. Get those reference books, look at original photos, and try to be as authentic and accurate as you can be. Again, you may want to take out PLI just to cover yourself should anything happen.

Two ladies in WW2 era clothing care for a baby in a pram in front of a campsite

Have fun!

People join this hobby for a huge variety of reasons. Some do it to honour or respect those who fought and died, sometimes even family members, in a given conflict. Some use it as an outlet for their passion for history and research. Some get into reenactment for the social aspect, a chance to make freinds with similar interests and educate the public about history. Whatever the reason, this is your hobby, so make sure you enjoy what it is you are doing!

Below is a list of Living History groups who have been in touch with us, and want to promote themselves. You can contact them for advice, or if you want to take the plunge, join them!

WW1 Reenactment Groups
Dressed as a WW1 German soldier, a reenactor poses with helmet, uniform and rifle in front of a fence

12th Sturmpionier Bataillon

Sturmbattalion 12 is a small but dedicated group of World War 1 enthusiasts from the North West of England who aim to portray the living, working and fighting conditions of Pioneers of the Imperial German Army in the latter years of the war, 1917-1918. We are always recruiting feel free to contact us if you are looking to get into the hobby.

12th Sturmpionier Bataillon Website Contact via email at [email protected]
3 WW1 british Navy reenactors pose in front a British bi-plane

Bluejackets Reenactment Society

The Bluejackets are the only reenactment group in the UK that portrays the Royal Navy of WW1. We were set up to portray the Naval Brigades of the Royal Navy of the Victorian era, through WW1, to the Russian Civil War. Most of our members are based around the Midlands, but we have people from all over the country.

Bluejackets Reenactment Society Website Bluejackets Reenactment Society on Facebook Bluejackets Reenactment Society on Instagram Contact via email at [email protected]
a group of people in World War 1 uniforms of various countries with a French flag standing near a trench with a wooden crate in the foreground.

1st Battalion Boys

The 1st Battalion Boys is a group of around 100 active members from all over the UK and Ireland that specialise in World War One combat and uniforms. While we don't portray specific units we have members with kit and uniforms from many of the powers in the war including German, French, British, Anzac, Russian, Italian, Ottoman, Belgian and more. Our main base is our very own trench system in Lincolnshire which plays host to our WW1-themed airsoft games.

We also travel to other sites including the Heugh Battery Museum which we have been invited to numerous times to show off our kit and educate the public on WW1.

1st Battalion Boys Facebook WW1 Airsoft UK group Facebook 1st Battalion Boys Instagram
WW2 Allied Reenactment Groups
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The Fighting Elite

We are a group based predominantly in the north of England but have members across the country. We mainly represent US 101st Airborne (506th PIR) but have members who conduct other impressions including 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, RAF Aircrew and infantry impressions. We welcome all ages, under 16’s to be accompanied by adult. We are often seen at Eden Camp where several of the members volunteer. Our main focus is on informative education by conducting static displays which include uniforms, kit, weapons and vehicles, including members have presenting talks on WW2 at local schools.

The Fighting Elite on Facebook
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82nd Airborne 505th RCT

We are re-enactors who portray the 82nd Airborne's 505th PIR during the second world war. The 505th is one of four infantry regiments of the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army. We attend events all over the UK. We have members of all ages, backgrounds and locations, from Kent to Cumbria. We gather together on the weekends to pay respect and portray the members of the 505th RCT and their involvement in WW2, mainly focusing on their involvement in the Allied liberations of Normandy and Holland in 1944.

82nd Airborne 505th RCT Website 82nd Airborne 505th RCT on Facebook
3 reenactors in WW2 British home gaurd uniforms with bags helmets and binoculars standing in front of trees and sky pointing into the distance

Oxfordshire Home Guard Living History Group

Oxfordshire Home Guard Living History Group is dedicated to the memory of those men who, during World War Two, volunteered their services when the invasion of Great Britain was a very real threat. Aged between 17 and 65 years, men volunteered in staggering numbers to defend our shores against the formidable might of the Nazi German Forces. How they would have coped we will never know but they were ready, initially with very little in the way of weaponry. The group's aim is to preserve and promote the memory of the Home Guard and the Home Front in general. We have two platoons, No2 based near Bicester and No5 based near Wallingford. Oxfordshire Home Guard is now an established group and has attended numerous shows throughout the region providing an educational experience for those interested in the Home Front during World War 2. We are always keen to meet with prospective members, men and women. We would also welcome anyone who would just like to come and talk to us. We are a friendly group bound in a very real interest in this period of our history but we also share a sense of humour and and take the opportunity to have fun.

Oxfordshire Home Guard Living History Group Website Oxfordshire Home Guard Living History Group on Facebook
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Air Transport Auxiliary Re-Enactment Group

We are the Air Transport Auxiliary Re-Enactment Group. We are the group that raises public awareness of the pioneering work of the Air Transport Auxiliary and to keep the memory of these brave men and women alive through education and living history re-enactment. The ATA was the wartime organisation of 7,000 people, and over a thousand aircrew, who provided all non-combat air services (combat aircraft deliveries and testing, ferrying, air taxi, medical, mail, cargo, etc.). Like the real ATA - who was composed of people otherwise unfit for service - we welcome members of all ages, abilities, genders, and disabilities as that would be the accurate portrayal of the unit. The ATA was known as the "Ancient and Tattered Airmen" due to their male pilots being old and often disabled, and the women were known as the "Attagirls". We also have a youth section that re-enacts the Air Defence Cadet Corps, the wartime cadet organisation that was associated with the ATA. In the real ATA, women were given equal pay and conditions to the men, and women were often senior in rank and in command of men, and this is reflected in the structure of the ATA Re-enactment Group. We have our own WW2 warplane, vehicles, and ATA artefacts and attend various re-enactment weekends and airshows throughout the year, as well as helping out the ATA veteran's association.

Air Transport Auxiliary Re-Enactment Group Facebook Contact at [email protected]
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367 CMP Provost Company

We present the hisotry of the Military Police primarily through our checkpoint display usually seen at the entrance to an event. Our Sgt Major will drill the youngsters - teaching them how to salute and march. The ATS Provost ladies man the makeshift office in a mock pill box where they will give out replica WW2 ID cards to under 16s Our display includes Jeeps, a sentry box, various weaponry, personal and radio equipment and a German prisoner in a cage.

367 CMP Provost Company Website
Reenactors in WW2 British Paratrooper uniforms in front of a bunker

3rd Para Brigade & Homefront

Primarily Based in North Kent, we hold Training and Meetings in an Old Napoleonic Fort (Fort Luton) in Chatham. As a Brigade we can have members who have an interest in any Airborne Unit that took part in D-Day, and Our Home Front side is perfect for those who dont fancy Wearing a Unifom

3rd Para Brigade & Homefront On Facebook Contact via email at [email protected]
Reenactors dressed as civilians, police, nurses and more pose with bicycles and prams in front of tents and building

Spirit of the Homefront

Rationing of petrol, paper, batteries, food, cigarettes, hairpins, coal, clothing: that and much more meant ordinary life in World War Two Britain was anything but ordinary. Ordinary people, as well, found themselves doing extraordinary things. ARP Wardens in the Blackout shouted at their neighbours to “Put out that light!”, W.V.S. ladies held the hands of thousands of evacuee children, cottage dwellers dug up their roses to make room for pigs, golfers collected shrapnel on the greens to prevent damage to mowers, and girls who had never held a spanner assembled bombs in factories. Winston Churchill’s ringing 1940 pronouncement that “we shall never surrender” was addressed not to government, not to the Forces, but to the average men and women of the Empire. The weight of victory – as history confirms – rested upon their shoulders. Spirit of the Homefront is a living history group that honours and depicts that burden and the working class people who bore it in the years between 1939 and 1945. Through displays, demonstrations, interactive talks, and website content, the group brings history to life in ways that no book, lecture, or film can do. Spirit’s members portray the range of people and personalities that writer Margery Allingham called “the oaken heart” of Britain in wartime. Whether a neatly uniformed Bobby on his beat or a housewife in a pinny and curlers pushing a pram, each depiction is based on years of careful research and is accurate in both detail and essence.

Spirit of the Homefront On Facebook
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Danger UXB

I am a Pyrotechnician & EOD specialist as well as an author and historian with a passion for history and education, so why not join me and explore the world of the WW2 Bomb Disposal during the Blitz and the Home Front and D-Day to VE Day across Britain and Europe. The life expectancy of a Bomb Disposal officer in 1940 was just ten weeks, but in those early weeks of the war on the Home Front it was nearer two weeks. The bomb disposal teams along with the Auxilliary services across Britain dealt with UXB's by the only means available to them. Often having to beg and borrow equipment, as well as scrounging transport to complete the job.

Danger UXB Website
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Tail End Charlies

We are an RAF Group who aim to accurately portray Aircrew, Groundcrew and WAAF from the RAF and Commonwealth Air Forces During the Second World War. We attend events around the country and specific prestigious locations, often displaying with real aircraft. We have members from up and down the country who attend our events. For those who are starting out, we have written detailed guides to help you purchase uniform and equipment to make sure it's as accurate as possible. We are always looking for new members.

Tail End Charlies Facebook Group
WW2 Axis Reenactment Groups
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The 304th Panzergrenadiers

The 304th Panzergrenadiers are German WW2 reenactment group and represent a late war (1944) Normandy based Panzergrenadier regiment, focusing on authentic living history and camaraderie. Please get in contact if you'd like to join

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Panzer Pionier Batallion 86 Living History Group

We are based in the South of England and represent Pioneers from Panzer Division 9 from 1943 at the Battle Of Kursk to the defeat on the Western Front. We are always recruiting for keen new members.

Panzer Pionier Batallion 86 Living History Group on Instagram Contact via email at [email protected]
camouflaged ww2 german reenactors spring out from cover and head out of the bushes, away from the camera

SSTK Living History Group

Based in South East England, SSTK Living History Group is dedicated to authentic and immersive living history all year round, recreating the living conditions, clothing and minutia of daily frontline life of Waffen SS soldiers from 1941 to 1945.

SSTK Living History Group on Facebook Contact via email at [email protected]
Black and white. In front a tent with desk and soldier using a typewriter, a motorcycle with sidecar hosts a soldier with a machine gun

Afrika Korps 200FG

We portray the German 200th Feldgendarmerie (Mot) Trupp in the Deutsche Afrika Korps (DAK) circa 1942. The Feldgend Trupp-200 (mot) was a military police unit attached to the 21st Panzer Division in the North Africa Campaign (1941 to 1943), they were formed in August 1941 and saw extensive action until the division's surrender to the Russians in May 1945. During its life, it saw action in North Africa, Europe and Russia. The group started in 2016 with just 3 members and as of today we now have in the region of 26 members, each with their own characters story. We started of as a Living History Group telling the story of the North African Campaign through to the Italian campaign from both sides allied and axis. But we often find ourselves in the battle arena filling the german ranks. We also portray the auxiliary units behind the front line, Police, Doctors, Nurses, infantry, cooks, engineers and Padre service. We are based in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire but have members from all over the UK and southern Ireland.

Afrika Korps 200FG on Facebook Contact via email at [email protected]
Members of the group behind a trench into the grass field, with machine guns and a finnish flag. Behind, a tent and hedgerow

Finland At War

Finland At War portray the soldiers of Finland, an often forgotten front during the Second World War. Our primary effort is to educate the public about the unique political and military position Finland was forced into due to the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1939, and the subsequent effort to reclaim lost territory in 1941. Despite being a small group, the members possess an impressive collection of artifacts including a Maxim heavy machine gun, KP31 SMG, an original bicycle, and a number of smaller items such as maps and insignia. The main portrayal is of regular infantry soldiers, but the group does not focus on a particular unit and instead encourages members to explore their own interests, such as armoured, artillery, naval, and air force. The group also encourages female participation, representing the brave work of the Lotta Svard Women’s Auxilliary organisation providing logistic, medical, and anti-aircraft support to the nation. Finland At War is a UK based WW2 re-enactment group, attending events across the South and Midlands, such as The Overlord Show, Wartime in the Vale, and The Victory Show.

Finland At War on Facebook Finland At War on Instagram Contact via email at [email protected]
Sepia. WW2 German reenactors fire blank weapons and use a mortar

20th SS Estonians

The 20th SS Estonians are based in East Anglia but have members from all over the country. We are a living history group who portray the day to day lives of a soldier in 1944, with around 18 members in the group. We use our own trench and bunker system for living history display and for our training weekends. Our training ground is located at bottisham Air Museum Cambridgeshire, and we meet up every month throughout the year.

Post-War Reenactment Groups
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Rolling Thunder, The Vietnam Experience

Rolling Thunder, The Vietnam Experience is probably Europe's biggest Living History / re-enactment group. Its members collect and own a wide selection of Vehicles, equipment and personal items from the Vietnam War. We show this equipment at various shows in the form of a mobile museum. Our aim is to depict the Vietnam conflict with total accuracy and to educate by engaging fully with the public. It is our intention to show the hardships & everyday lives of the combatants of both sides in such a way as to honour the veterans of the war. Please feel free to contact us if you're interested in joining, have a film or Television project you need help with or just have a general question for us.

Rolling Thunder Website Rolling Thunder on Facebook
A land rover painted black and tan with SAS renactors inside, featuring lots of additional bags and camouflage netting.

Alpha One Zero SAS Living History Group

In 1990/1, 22 Special Air Service regiment deployed in strength to The Gulf to take part in the Gulf War ‘Desert Storm’ known in the UK as Operation Granby, operating inside Iraq deep behind enemy lines. A squadron provided 32 land rovers operating in four groups of 8 land rovers. Each group was given a radio call sign; Alpha One Zero, Alpha Two Zero, Alpha Three Zero and Alpha Four Zero. We depict one of the land rovers from Alpha One Zero. We have 5-6 uniformed members who dress in some of the variety of outfits as worn by the members of the Regiment whilst out in the desert. We also have an authentic Desert Patrol Vehicle kitted out exactly as it was during the operation along with one of the few remaining genuine motorcycles. Our static display depicts the resupply that was carried out deep inside Iraq giving us the opportunity to display some of the variety of kit, equipment and weapons carried on the vehicles during the conflict. When moving around in the arena we like to crew the vehicles as they would have been when moving through the Iraq desert. We mainly attend shows in the South of England from Portsmouth through to Kent but we are open to members from all over provided they are willing to travel to our events.

Alpha One Zero SAS Living History Group on Facebook
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Modern Forces Living History Group

Modern Forces Living History Group is multi period living history group covering all post 1945 conflicts. It all started with collecting Militaria and an interest in military history, it seemed natural to combine the two to get a greater understanding of how military uniforms and equipment have evolved over the last 50 years.

The Group currently cover the Vietnam war as various units, including MACV-SOG, Navy Seals and RAN CDT3, as well as units from the Iraq and Afghanistan War

Modern Force's Website Alternative link Facebook Main group Facebook MACV-SOG Group
A military tent with two beds and medical equipment nearby

Operation Vietnam UK

Operation Vietnam UK are a family living history group that focuses on the Vietnam war. Our group is based on the Lincolnshire Cambridgeshire border, we are perfectly placed to attend shows across the UK and have recently received commendations and an award for our displays.
As a family we took on Operation Vietnam UK around 12 months ago and agreed that we did not want to be the “normal” re-enactment group, after all why just cover one specific unit when you can showcase all of the Vietnam war and have fun as a family whilst you’re doing it?
Our interactive displays highlight multiple areas of the war effort including American and Australian uniforms, small and heavy weaponry, nursing, medical equipment, camp basics, mess tent, field offices, photography, and R&R.

Operation Vietnam UK Facebook Group
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