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PERSONAL STORY

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Association for

Heritage Interpretation

Beginning as a military collector at the age of eight, with a passion for learning the history of WWII, after being told that my Grandfather had served throughout the war, at Dunkirk, North Africa, the D-Day landings and ended the war outside Berlin, it was then perhaps only a matter of time and circumstance before I became involved with Historical Interpretation and WWII re-enactment.

 

Now with over 20 years experience in WWII Historical Interpretation, Historical Re-enactment and teaching, spending several years in battle re-enactments as a battle leader, choreographer, pyrotechnician & technical advisor, using live weapons, blank ammunition (Firearms trained) and pyrotechnics, still dedicate my time studying this important period in history in order to teach whilst attending events depicting the 326 Airborne Engineers, the U.S G.I (2nd Ranger Bn) or my Grandfather, who was a Corporal in the Royal Engineers, throughout the war. All done whilst wearing original uniforms & equipment.

 

With the extensive study of period film and photographs as reference, use special effects on reproduction combat uniforms to create the appearance of dirty and battle worn kit which helps to demonstrate the real hardships of British & U.S Soldiers in combat conditions and serves as a unique aid in teaching.

Also continue reading original wartime military training manuals, study & re-study the terminology, practice skills, correct military etiquette and dress-code of the period. This helps demonstrate the look of the U.S & British Soldier that landed on D-Day, and by "looking the part," hope to show a sense of realism often lost in modern Historical Interpretation, WWII Re-enactment and teaching.

 

Respected as a Progressive (Hardcore) Historical Interpreter, Re-enactor, amateur Historian, technical advisor & teacher and a member of AHI, (Association for Heritage Interpretation) guided by their code of standards along with other standards involving strict dress codes and levels of Interpretation & re-enactment that are essential for an extra degree of realism, and do this as a mark of respect and appreciation for those that served and the many who gave their lives.

As an Historical Interpreter focusing on WWII depictions and interpretations of;

Lt.Col. Hugh Mozley, 

Commanding Officer of the 

U.S 326 Airborne Engineer Battalion.

My Grandfather,  

Corporal in the

British Royal Engineers.

Lt.Col. Roy T. Dodge, 

Commanding Officer of the 

U.S 308 Combat Engineer Battalion.

also conduct interpretations of

Lt.Col. James Earl Rudder,  

commanding officer of the

U.S PROVISIONAL RANGER GROUP

and the

2nd Ranger Battalion 

who assaulted Pointe du Hoc on D-Day.

By wearing an original uniform which is an exact copy of Lt.Col. Rudder's Class-A uniform conduct ceremonies on behalf of show/event organisers, who wish to celebrate the exploits of the 2nd Rangers before, on and around D-Day, June 1944.

Lt.Col. Rudder.

WE SHOW OUR APPRECIATION THROUGH EXCELLENCE IN INTERPRETATION & RE-ENACTMENT

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