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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 20:49 pm 
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Real Name: Nathan Jonas
Hello all, thanks for allowing me to join the group. I've had a quick look around the forum at all the different groups. Lots of really good information and I'm looking forward to having a sit down one day to have a good look. My only dabble into the reenacting is the 1940's weekend at the North Norfolk railway and the towns of Sheringham and Holt.

I will be picking your brains on badge placement onto a battledress soon. When I say I've got a beard you probably know where this is going!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 21:19 pm 
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Hello and welcome .

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 21:36 pm 
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Joined: Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:24 pm
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Real Name: Owen Thompson
Group: Civil Defenders
Hi, and welcome. I live in (south) Norfolk, have been doing WW2 reenactment for a few years, but am old enough to know that I can't be Regular Army etc. So I am Home Guard, can just about get away with being an RAF Warrant Officer, and am a St John Ambulance Officer of the Red Cross & St JA Joint War Organisation Prisoners of War Department. Choose your role carefully; if you insist on keeping your beard (I had one but had to shave it off for the cause ;) ) make sure it fits the role.

Yes, the North Norfolk Railway event is good fun, but there are all sorts there - really good, authentic reenactors and lots of half-hearted let's-join-in-the-fun efforts. But we all have to start somewhere...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 22:14 pm 
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Real Name: Will Thatcher
Group: 2nd Btln Royal Warwicks
Hi Cromer, welcome to the forum. I used to do a few shows near your neck of the woods at Kentwell Hall! What's your plan for an impression, decided on one yet?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:29 am 
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Real Name: Owen Thompson
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The most obvious role if you have a beard is, of course navy. Have a look at some of the Imperial War Museum photos (I searched for "beard") such as:

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205135735

Here's a slightly odd navy one, but as reenactors we have to be careful of "I have seen a picture of it so it is OK" - best to go for the typical rather than the unusual, unless you have the full back-story of who you are and what you are doing:
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205136176

Or Fleet Air Arm aircrew: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205141657

Or if you want to have "army" kit (but still be navy): http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205147053

Here's an example of what I was talking about - "Mason was noted for being the only bearded pilot in the RAF": http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210888

Or you could be in the desert:

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205381526

and: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205087599

Of course WW2 reenacting does not have to be military - only 10% of the population was in the services - so there are numerous civilian roles. When I had lengthy hair and a beard I played the part, along with my horse and cart, of a scrap man collecting salvage. In talking about my appearance to an elderly chap, he said: "Yes, there were some scruffy buggers around during the war"!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 21:55 pm 
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Real Name: Nathan Jonas
Thanks for the warm welcome.

I've done Royal Navy and a army commando type thing before.

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What I would like to do is a bit of a nod of thanks to my grandfather who served in the Royal Norfolk as a Sgt and was captured in Singapore during 1942.

Obviously with my beard I could do an infantry pioneer Sgt (I can hear the crying from here.) I've picked up some badges to go onto my battle dress it's the location of them which is taxing me.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 22:27 pm 
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These are the pictures I've used for mine courtesy of Jean Boucherys Book, from D-Day to VE-Day The British Soldier

Appreciate not the Theater of Operations you're going for but should at least get you started.


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