D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944.
"This re-enactor pays his respect not only by using original equipment, but every time he buys and saves someones (original named) items, every time he polishes his boots to look like glass and does it in the very same way.
Every little detail is researched and researched again.
He pays homage to the veterans, to the lost and does it with honour, respect, dignity and pride. A true, professional re-enactor who's standards are impeccable.
Approachable and knowledgeable with a sense of integrity devoted to the veterans and the fallen heroes of ww2."
Cap insignia of the 326 Airborne Engineer Battalion
With more than 12 years experience in WWII Historical Interpretation & re-enactment, (beginning as a childhood collector), spent the first seven years as a battle re-enactor, involving the use of live weapons, blank ammunition and pyrotechnics. Now dedicating my life to studying the history surrounding the D-Day landings, and attending historical events teaching whilst wearing original US or British WWII uniforms, field gear & personal items.
Also with the extensive study of period film and photographs, use special effects on reproduction combat uniforms & equipment, (originals too valuable or delicate) creating the appearance of used, dirty and battle worn kit. This is an aid 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, the 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 professional, award winning WWII Historical Interpreter, guided by a high set code of standards, (NO Drinking, NO Disrespectful 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.
"I have been looking at your photo collection. Never before have I seen a so detailed representation of life as it was, your attention to detail is fantastic. As I have said to you, you are truly one of us who have served. I extend all my respect to you and I am proud to have known you. I salute you and extend all the military respect I can afford someone like you.
Thanks for your service and dedication."
EX.ROYAL MARINE COMMANDO. Lcpl C.M.