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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:17 am 
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Jesus... it's like a soap opera... thank God I missed all this, only joining in 1988... :D

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Yes but it was fun also, I remember during a battle out at Brentor Muddy site, that a couple of BRA FJ's who I think went down to the local shop at Brentor, and some poor old dear called the Police and said the Germans were at it again, and there were Germans running about the village, It made it into the local paper in Tavistock, the paper sort of said something like maybe it would be a good idea to lay off the cider. must have thought the poor old dear liked her cider too much and was seeing things.

The Police knew we were out there, and I guess tried to explain to her but she didn't understand and called the paper as well. I agree it was a soap opera sort of, but more like the Benny Hill show to be honest.

We did a public show at Modbury and the people in the pub asked if we were wearing those uniforms for a dare?. and if I'm right some bloke bought all us Germans drinks, he handed £50 I think over to buy those drinks.

All groups had ups and downs, dealing with Land Owners and the public was the worse part, We had nothing to go by then, we were one of the first groups in the UK, we learned by our mistakes as we went along, people didn't know what to make of us then, we all went though the pain in the early days to get people to understand the hobby better and I'm glad to see the hobby is doing so well now.


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I do remember Gail saying when we first used that old Fort, we had Local Police problems, Gail said a few of them got dragged down to the local nick including her, Bill she thinks you were there as well that time,it was a little spat between the Local Police at Crownhill and the MOD police and us stuck in the middle


Yes, when the police arrested us they wanted to know why I was carrying a parachute in the middle of the night. I explained that I use the parachute when I go to a pub with my friends and we pretend to belong to a downed Russian spy plane..........we got lots of drinks that way! 8)

The police at Crownhill made me place my blank firing pistol in a cardboard box, to be collected after six weeks.
When I returned to the police station the box was full, so I left mine and took a better one! 8)

Cheers, Bill.

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BRA 1988

A set of about 30 slides taken in 1988 and thought to have been lost for over 20 years,
I will try to post a few each day.....enjoy :D

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jeepers we were SO young, if only I had all my gear that I've got now and my youth of then !


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Hi Bill, Tony,

Its been interesting re-visiting the early day of Re-enactment, when I go down to Gail's in August for a couple of weeks will scan more of my photos on to disk and post them on the forum of the Phoenix and BRA battles down at the Tavistock sites we used, I don't have a working scanner so I asked Gail, and she said she would do them for me.

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Message from Tony Dudman; the photos most recently posted by Bill Medland were taken at the Bicester battle site in March 1988.
Photo 1 (in the pub) L-R Kevin Brazier, Tony Dudman, Keith Major.

In the other pub photo; L-R, Graham "Otto" Lancaster, Bill Medland, Bob Whittaker.

2nd photo in section 3; L-R, Danny Sharp seated, Julian Money standing and Bill Medland.

Last photo; patrol led by Andy Barter.

All the reversible jackets and trousers were original as repro was not yet available.
Bob Whittaker now lives in Southern France, Kevin Brazier runs a Wargaming club, Julian Money has also "retired" from re-enactment.
Tony Dudman and Keith Major are still both active members of GR 916 of the WW2 LHA (formerly WW2 BRA), Graham Lancaster now re-enacts with FG 39-45, and lastly Danny Sharp and Andy Barter are still re-enacting as Fallschirmjaeger independently.

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Thanks for your input Dave (and Tony of course), yes it was Bicester as it was the first ever BRA local event for me, normally
I would travel accross the country for an event, but this time I was stationed local with the Royal Air Force.
My motorcycle was only firing on one cylinder and would overheat once it travelled over 20 miles distance :shock:

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Bicester, ah the smelly rubbish tip where we tried to do north africa !


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Bicester, ah the smelly rubbish tip where we tried to do north africa !

That sounds like Bicester :twisted:

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The 1983 BRA Newsletter

Only a fragment I am afraid, as there is only 3 pages still remaining.

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Flippin heck... I was reading the want ad's and there I am ..asking for pictures to add to an albumn for some 1st Inf Div Veterans ....

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BRA vids on youtube, not sure who put them there but thanks for the memories, heres one... just type in WW2 reenactment, uk to get others


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD7foW7p9VI

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