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Author:  Suentimb [ Mon Jul 11, 2011 21:12 pm ]
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Ay up Colin... can I post that pic that I'm on???

Tim B

Author:  whistlinwolf [ Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:35 am ]
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For my sins I was Vice-Chairman (no pun intended!) ![/quote]


But quite fitting !

Tim

Author:  Border Lofty [ Thu Jan 19, 2012 21:10 pm ]
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I started reenacting in 81 soon after I bought my first Jeep. The Barn Burners of BRA was a memorable headline from an unfortunate incident where straw caught fire and took the barn with it (a dim memory which may not have been as bad as it sounds). I started with an infamous group based in Hull, but couldnt find any M65 combat pants and West German para boots - I kid you not. Its like groups today advocating DMS boots for British. I did find my way into BRA East Yorks for a while but not till the 90s. Ah the shows I've done with Mk 7 and Mk8 thunderflashes being freely thrown, hand to hand fighting where the "Germans" treated it as real, tanks used to roll over positions where enemy troops are still in them, the glee of seeing them running away as if their lives depended on it, original kit as there were no repros, 70s porn taches, the good old days!!!! Tell the youngsters of today and they dont believe you.

Author:  mikebaywok [ Mon Jan 23, 2012 23:18 pm ]
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Such an interesting photo album! It is amazing how powerful pictures can be! online poker machines

Cheers,

Mike

Author:  PeterS [ Fri Feb 10, 2012 14:25 pm ]
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Border Lofty wrote:
I started reenacting in 81 soon after I bought my first Jeep. The Barn Burners of BRA was a memorable headline from an unfortunate incident where straw caught fire and took the barn with it (a dim memory which may not have been as bad as it sounds). I started with an infamous group based in Hull, but couldnt find any M65 combat pants and West German para boots - I kid you not. Its like groups today advocating DMS boots for British. I did find my way into BRA East Yorks for a while but not till the 90s. Ah the shows I've done with Mk 7 and Mk8 thunderflashes being freely thrown, hand to hand fighting where the "Germans" treated it as real, tanks used to roll over positions where enemy troops are still in them, the glee of seeing them running away as if their lives depended on it, original kit as there were no repros, 70s porn taches, the good old days!!!! Tell the youngsters of today and they dont believe you.


Joned BRA in '82 so I only "Pub Heard" I Think it was Gordon Taylors 101st doing an early AM raid on sleeping Krauts, smoke pot thru the barn door...woooomth..Tony Dudman lost a lot of kit I believe..Llanvair Discoed,Wales...?

Author:  jonheyworth [ Fri Feb 10, 2012 21:39 pm ]
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PeterS wrote:
Border Lofty wrote:
I started reenacting in 81 soon after I bought my first Jeep. The Barn Burners of BRA was a memorable headline from an unfortunate incident where straw caught fire and took the barn with it (a dim memory which may not have been as bad as it sounds). I started with an infamous group based in Hull, but couldnt find any M65 combat pants and West German para boots - I kid you not. Its like groups today advocating DMS boots for British. I did find my way into BRA East Yorks for a while but not till the 90s. Ah the shows I've done with Mk 7 and Mk8 thunderflashes being freely thrown, hand to hand fighting where the "Germans" treated it as real, tanks used to roll over positions where enemy troops are still in them, the glee of seeing them running away as if their lives depended on it, original kit as there were no repros, 70s porn taches, the good old days!!!! Tell the youngsters of today and they dont believe you.


Joned BRA in '82 so I only "Pub Heard" I Think it was Gordon Taylors 101st doing an early AM raid on sleeping Krauts, smoke pot thru the barn door...woooomth..Tony Dudman lost a lot of kit I believe..Llanvair Discoed,Wales...?



Llanvair Discoed indeed Peter ,near Chepstow when the German's hired mini bus had its windows put out by ejected 45 cases

Author:  jonheyworth [ Fri Feb 10, 2012 21:44 pm ]
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Skillman wrote:
Image Caerphilly, Mid 90s..

Image Bicester battle. Brian Keen and Andy Haydon, two originals of BRA.
Brian came from 916th and Andy from Costinos/Gordon Taylor 82nd/101st AB group.

Image Bicester site

Image 1990s Caerphilly.

Image Biffo Taylor and his son Mike crossing under fire, Staindrop.

Image
Moving house

Image Came across this .....It just started up, so we used it...


Jesus, I remember now, Staindrop where I nearly killed Eric in the building with the huge HC smoke " DO NOT USE IN CONFINED SPACES" and he ended up in hospital on oxygen and that rubbish tip at Bicester that we used for "north Africa "

And remember Jim Taylor's son nearly getting killed by the folding mobile friture roof in the back of the truck when I saw it coming and grabbed him but he was ripped out of my arm and the truck with his webbing all shredded

Author:  reddevil1311 [ Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:52 am ]
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Great photos of the Hampsters! What I like about these - not single bit of repro in them. ;)

A

Author:  ndicki [ Sat Feb 18, 2012 16:13 pm ]
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Fond memories of trying to cook my breakfast at the foot of a cliff at the Tavistock site on a fire started by some Yank who woke us up raining Molotov cocktails and live ammo on us from above...

I'd forgotten all this!

Author:  Bill Medland [ Sat Feb 18, 2012 23:03 pm ]
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ndicki wrote:
Fond memories of trying to cook my breakfast at the foot of a cliff at the Tavistock site on a fire started by some Yank who woke us up raining Molotov cocktails and live ammo on us from above...

I'd forgotten all this!


Hey "Wolfi" you old Renegade!!! :lol: Nice to know you are here after all these 30 years! :shock:
I posted a picture of you on about page four of this thread (see PM).

My greatcoat caught fire by one of those very same Molotov Cocktails you mentioned.......hhmmm,
it was Gary Eastman from?.......... Plymstock? Not far from Plymouth anyway.

No one would believe us today, no health and saftey in those days :lol:

Cheers, Bill.

Author:  ndicki [ Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:55 am ]
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It's a miracle nobody got seriously damaged! Both of us got our black wound badges, though - don't know if these days they can still even use blanks.

Author:  digger [ Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:02 pm ]
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reddevil1311 wrote:
Great photos of the Hampsters! What I like about these - not single bit of repro in them. ;)

A

Was there any repro then ??????????

Author:  jonheyworth [ Tue Feb 21, 2012 21:23 pm ]
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insignia, that was about it

Author:  fjr_hubner_mark [ Wed May 16, 2012 22:54 pm ]
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hi, interesting photos guys. just wondered were did you get your kit from in those days? where there kit suppliers like r underwood or was it original stuff?

Author:  PeterS [ Mon May 21, 2012 11:08 am ]
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Hampsters only used orig TTs/HAMPSHIRE shoulder titles...no one else wanted them!LOL

Author:  Viktor [ Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:55 am ]
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Back in the day Comrade, the small Army Surplus Stores used to have all manner of original Kit in the Imperialistic Antigitlerite Coalition forces direction, I even knew a chap who found a set of Gitlerite Assault Pioneer pouches in a mess of 37 webbing, he also had a lot of Pattern marked 37 pattern webbing from the factory that produced it as the store rooms were cleared out before it was knocked down, they were Salad Days Comrades I fear we will never see the like of again, it was so cheap and available if you had the eye, luck and craft to find it as is my ( near useless) Superhero power.

It was impossible to source Progressive Scales of Issue unless you made it yourself, so those days of olde are bitter sweet to those who heard the call to the Colours of Mother Russia in her hour of need so early.

8)

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