Beginning as a collector at the age of eight, with a passion for learning the history of WWII & the D-Day Landings, in which my Grandfather served & survived, it was only a matter of time before I became involved with re-enactment.
Now with almost 17 years experience in WWII Historical re-enactment & Interpretation, spending the first seven years as a battle re-enactor, using live weapons, blank ammunition and pyrotechnics, dedicate my time to studying this important time in history and attend events depicting 326 Airborne Engineers, or my Grandfather, Cpl, Royal Engineers, whilst wearing original uniforms & equipment.
Also with the extensive study of period film and photographs, use special effects on reproduction combat uniforms, (originals too valuable) to create the appearance of used, dirty and battle worn kit. This aids to demonstrate the real hardships of a US Paratrooper & British Soldier on D-Day & beyond.
Continuously taking time to study original wartime military training manuals, learning the terminology, skills, correct military etiquette and dress-code of the period, aim to demonstrate the look of the U.S Paratrooper and British Soldier that landed on D-Day, and by "looking the part," hope to show a sense of realism that is often lost by modern re-enactment.
Respected as a Progressive, professional WWII Historical Re-enactor, guided by a code of standards, (NO Alcohol, Good Behaviour, Dress Code, etc.) that are essential for that extra degree of realism, but more importantly, as a mark of respect and appreciation for those that served and the many who gave their lives.