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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 13:18 pm 
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1979 part 2

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Thruxton was one of our major public events during the early years, a "must" for all reenactors.

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Front left- Otto Lancaster, front right- Tony Dudman

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Note "Garth" on the left with 3 inch mortar and bipod on one shoulder! :shock:

Here follows some early Fallschirmjäger photos from the London based group ( 6th Regt).....

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1979 part 3

Some more Fallschirmjäger photos from the early years, again the London based 6th Regt...

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Early photos of "Sturmgruppe Adler" (later 352nd Inf.Div.)

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1979 part 4


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A bi-monthly story based on the Sven Hassel books, features members of Sturmgruppe Adler.

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"Willi" Medland.... "Steiner" Ashley..... "Johann" Oxlade

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"Horst" Dudman.... "Lutz" Passmore.... "Otto" Lancaster..... Dave Bennett

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Sturmgruppe Adler membership list (BRA Germans, South England).

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PURPLE SECTION STURMGRUPPE ADLER (Names were written on the back of the photo)

Back row: Schütze Vasco, Unteroffizer Carson, SS-Mann Noonan (Guest from USA), Oberschütze Whittaker.

Front row: Oberschütze Medland (Willi), Schütze Medland (Martin), Schütze Rogers.

To be continued..............

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awesome, how you forget, thruxton 1977 was my first ever battle, I can remember it like it was yesterday I was 12 and squeeked that I was 18 when asked how old I was


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Butlitz 1980 part 1

Butlitz was a P.O.W. camp set-up for a weekend by Bob Acraman in an old army isolation hospital. The guards were all
BRA Germans from BRA SOUTH and we only numbered 22 guards, we were split up into two shifts and went through
the whole weekend with little or no sleep. The POWs, one or two were BRA Allied, otherwise most were media reporters!
Yes, for one time only, the reenactors actually locked up the press :lol:

The newspapers would not fit into the scanner, so I have reproduced them in sections.

SUNDAY PEOPLE 14th September 1980

This was published before the event, little did I know that a day or two later I would be asked to take part.


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Butlitz 1980 part 2

A Mac Cartoon from the Daily Mail, whilst in a debate about the 1980 budget a member of Parlement said to the opposition
"The honerable gentleman should spend two weeks in Butlitz".

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DAILY STAR Monday 24th November 1980


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Bob Acraman, Otto Lancaster, Dave Bennett and Tony Dudman.

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Butlitz 1980 part 3

THE DAILY EXPRESS

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Tony Dudman, Otto Lancaster (partly hidden), Mike Passmore and Dave Bennett.

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Middle of row with his hands in his pockets is the late Phil Plane (BRA American).

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Butlitz 1980 part 4

DAILY MIRROR


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This photo was taken as the POWs had been marched in on the first day, so that must be me in the watch tower
as I was on first shift in that very unsafe thing that moved with the wind.

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Perhaps the ONLY remaining "official" guards pass for Butlitz?

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The BRA report in the newsletter "BRA BULLETIN".

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Butlitz 1980 part 5

I have more pictures somewhere but I can only find three at the moment...........


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This was taken just after the raid by British Airborne Forces in two jeeps led by Mike Ross. Mike fired a Thompson at the
windows to the HQ building as the jeeps raced along, I was in the corridor and we took cover as the glass splinters rained
about us as the blasts from the blanks broke the windows! :shock:


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Shift change at Butlitz, we operated in 12 hour shifts..... right is my brother, Martin.


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Left: Bob Whittaker.

What remains today?

Dave Page tells me that there is a DVD of the Southern TV programme, which I have never seen by the way, but from
all accounts it would seem to be very negative (read the BRA report in my last post).

In Google there is very little to find, a German language report from 1980 on PDF file, worth looking at if only to
see the images of Otto Lancaster......

http://wissen.spiegel.de/wissen/dokumen ... op=SPIEGEL

One other mention was by NAReS, which uses images I posted a year or so ago.......

http://www.nares.org.uk/news_pages/obit ... r_mann.htm


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http://www.nfo.ac.uk/collections/record ... 000-0.html

The image above (showing John Oxlade) was on an ITN videoclip, but sadly can only be viewed by registered users and we
can not register. The write-up can be read though. It mentions someone in the tower machine-gunning POWs trying to
escape over the wire. Well, we had been told by Passmore to fire off all our remaining blanks as we were packing up.
I did so and the ITN team came over and asked me to do it again, I told them that I had no blanks remaining. They said
no problem, pretend and we will dub it on later...... My work friends on the Monday said "Saw you in the Concentration Camp!" :?

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wow excellent work-wish I'd kept all my old stuff from when I started in Napoleonics! I think I can remember Butlitz too (only youngster at the time but I think I can recollect seeing a newspaper article)

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wow excellent work-wish I'd kept all my old stuff from when I started in Napoleonics! I think I can remember Butlitz too (only youngster at the time but I think I can recollect seeing a newspaper article)


Hi Andy, I will be posting some more images when I return home.... I am on holiday in the UK at the moment.

Cheers, Bill.

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My first experience of reenactment was in the mid 80,s at a volkswagen oc event at Stoneleigh,with the battle in the arena c/w kubelwagens
My uncle seemed very intrested in joining,but never did,and i seem to recall that most weapons were .410 smoothbores with the occasional forgetfulness to empty the shot out :shock: .
It may well have been the flegling SBG or BRA?.
Great thread.


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".....most weapons were .410 smoothbores with the occasional forgetfulness to empty the shot out......."

Yes, that was true there were several gunshot wounds in those early days, even one guy having his thumb blown off!

I was informed when I recieved the Wound Badge (Thruxton 1980) that if I had been shot by one of our own
Wehrmacht guys, then I would not have recieved the award, it had to be a wound caused by a Tommy or a Yank.

Cheers, Bill.

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Just goes to show the heritage of the BRA/WW2LHA. This is where all this started, before computers in the home, before the World wide web and forums. 30 years what a record.


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Just goes to show the heritage of the BRA/WW2LHA. This is where all this started, before computers in the home, before the World wide web and forums. 30 years what a record.


Hi Wayne, I have a lot more old pictures just waiting to be scanned....... after the weekend I will be posting some from 1980.

I hope you have found this thread interesting, perhaps you can add some images from the LHA Archives?

Cheers, Bill.

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This week I will be posting images from 1980

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The first events with the Swedish tunics, early 1980

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The bacon cooker refered to was my entrenching tool, which I always used to cook bacon on at events.


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Fallschirmjäger (Regt.6) Tom Gulliver, Bill Medland, Bob Ross and John Lancaster( later SBG).


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A mixture of Heer, Fallschirmjäger and Bundeswehr items that would no longer be allowed today.
(in the Bundeswehr shirt is a very young John Oxlade)

More 1980 images to follow...........

(Edit: name inserted in photo caption)

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