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Most of the "crew" of the (Cornwall based) Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Von Der Tann reenactment group 1981-1983.


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BRA Bulletin 1982 humour


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Although Otto talked about going to Argentina that year, he never did, but this is what it would have looked like.


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Most issues of the Bulletin featured a caption contest


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Now there is a story to this one. Dave Bennett used to say that we were about as useful as a toastrack on a
battlefield, it was one of his favorite sayings at the time. Then at Thruxton 1982 I turned up on parade with a
toastrack hanging from my Y-straps painted panzergrau!


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I was the only one with a Soviet PPSH (it can be seen in some of the early pictures on this thread) I had made it myself
from items I found in my fathers garage, I still have it for nostalgia. Copied from a colour picture in a Blandford Weapons
Book, it is only 1 inch shorter than an original. Everything had to be scratch built back then.


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"Adlermen" this was the last reference to Sturmgruppe Adler, shortly afterwards we became the 916 Regt, 352 Div.

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The Cornwall branch of the WW2BRA

The group no longer exist, but we had many private events in the local copper and tin mines.


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At the end of a six day winter event, I am second from left.


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This reenactor saw his picture here and we are back in contact after 20 years!



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Martin Medland, stopped reenacting and moved onto other interests in 1983.

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got a few pics of the Gullworthy mine site meself as i seemed to remember it was a arsenic mine, brill site

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Tony Crofts wrote:
got a few pics of the Gullworthy mine site meself as i seemed to remember it was a arsenic mine, brill site


Yes it was an arsenic mine (by product of copper). Was that the reason why the campfires always burned a sort
of bright blue :shock:

I wonder if we did ourselves any perminent damage crawling through the narrow tunnels breathing in all that stuff?

Do you remember when my greatcoat caught fire from the molitov cocktails we were throwing! :lol:

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No dont remember that, but i do remember one of my lads getting so drunk he stood in the center of a fire shouting some racist remarks, then halfway through the night he was sick in my wartime beret, bless him :shock:

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Tony Crofts wrote:
No dont remember that, but i do remember one of my lads getting so drunk he stood in the center of a fire shouting some racist remarks, then halfway through the night he was sick in my wartime beret, bless him :shock:


There was so many groups that wanted to use "our" site, some very wierd ones and we would
see them once and never hear from them again.

The molitov cocktails were thrown by the US airborne guy from Plymton, was he called Garry Eastman?

I remember that Gail L. was there and she was very impressed with our little display, a good 25 years ago now.

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Really enjoying this thread Bill,

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Really enjoying this thread Bill,

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Thanks Wullie, there is so much still to be posted, just finding the time to scan it all :D

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Ready for the next Episode, Bill. When ever you are.
So much to go, so much history, keep it coming
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The story continues with 1983

Today I would like to add what is perhaps the only existing copy of "UGLY BUSINESS".
It was a local newsletter for BRA Germans in the South Coast Section of the 916th Regiment.
I had considered the newsletter to be lost, but re-discovered it today going through some old folders.


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cheers, Bill.

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Wolfi Dickinson and Martin Medland (WW2 BRA Cornwall Grouping)


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Bill Medland at a private BRA event at Gullworthy Mine


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Bob Whittaker, Fred Walker and John Oxlade in 1983


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Paul Stelb and Bob Whittaker at a BRA filming event


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1983 The new WW2 BRA Logo comes into use, this is perhaps the only unused BRA car bumper sticker that exists today?

More to follow.....cheers, Bill.

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1983 BRA NEWSLETTER

(From January 1983 the "BRA BULLETIN" had been re-named to the "BRA NEWSLETTER")


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One of the many private events, most were in Wales.


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Ameicans bringing in Wehrmacht prisoners at a public show.

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After having lost their own flags, the Americans went out and captured one of ours (in the middle is Phil Plane).

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Brit Paras capturing the tea shop, we would often involve the local villagers at private events,
something that both they and us would remember.

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More from the BRA Newsletter (1983)


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Even back then we had time for the veterans, here a former Colditz POW.


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French reenactors joined us for an event, between the two French officers you can see Dave Bennett,
behind the shoulders of the left officer you can see Tony Dudman and myself (turning away from the camera).


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The late Dave Bennett and Tony Dudman, the German caption says it all and much more!


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Another one of our private events in Wales.

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More from the BRA Newsletter (1983)


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Andy Barter wearing a Swedish tunic, we must have worn out hundreds of them!


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John Oxlade and Fred Walker returning from TESCOs during a break in an event

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Two Americans in September 1983

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BRA German medals and awards qualifications 1978~1983

War veterans could wear their original medals and awards..... this really only meant Fred Walker,
the rest of us had to follow the qualification rules laid down by WW2BRA (Sturmgruppe Adler):

Infantry Assault Badge Attend three private battles.

Ostfront Medal Attend a three day winter private event.

Long Service Ribbon Awarded to former/or serving members of the armed forces.

Anti-partisan Badge Awarded to holders of a CSM/GSM in the armed forces.

Wound Badge in Black Given to anyone who, injured at an event, who need medical treatment.

Iron Cross 2nd class Awarded only twice (both times in 1983).

Iron Cross 1st class Awarded only once (1983).

After 1985 new awards entered the list, Long Service ribbons were given out to reenactors
who had been in the hobby at least 4 years, then came the Close Combat Clasp etc.


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During a platoon sized night patrol at a private event, two of us managed to slip past the American patrols and we found
ourselves by chance in the American camp. The guards had moved over to the fire for a chat and we had to get back to
our own lines. We were cut off and the other Germans had already retired back to their own camp. So I said "lets get a flag
each", which is what we did and then we ran for it! Shots and angry shouts following us!


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The captured flags, I am front left. (although reenacting mostly Wehrmacht, I spent the summer 1983 with the Fallschirmjäger).


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August 1983 saw the very first award of the Iron Cross 1st class. It was a total surprise when Mike Passmore and
Fred Walker called me out during a parade back in August 1983. my brother knew about it because he made an EK I
from an EK II, by welding a screw thread on the reverse side. A bit battered and scrached now, but the first one
awarded in UK reenactment, now that has to be special. Awarded for "Accumulated actions over five years".


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The Christmas get together, the time to swing the lantern and bring out the laughs and mishaps of the previous year.

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