"Helps us to make the conversations of yesterday, the conversations of today!"
We're always looking for new enthusiastic people, interested in our hobby and becoming a part of the group.
To become a member of the South West Battle Group there is a small annual membership fee. After you have become a member, you can do as much or as little as you wish. If you purely wish to become a day tripper and just wear the uniforms, that is fine. If you wish to camp at the events we attend and set up a display, that is fine. If you wish to be a very active member and take part in everything, including battle re-enactments, that is fine. All that we ask is that if you do wish to take part in any sort of battle re-enactments, or pyrotechnic displays, you are fully covered insurance wise. This is currently wish the Sportsman's Association, however we may be changing insurers in the near future.
In order to get started, you will need a uniform of some description. Now the prices of a uniform vary drastically, depending on what you choose to buy. Reproduction uniforms are obviously cheaper than originals, and are easier to get a hold of. Due to the fact that our group re-enacts all periods of time not just WW2, this means that you can also wear more modern uniforms, and period civilian clothing. These are generally cheaper, and are much easier to get a hold of, some people may then move onto older uniforms, and taking part in battle re-enactments. If you have a look at the "Links" page, we are constantly adding websites which our members have used in the past, and have recommended to us. The only restriction that we give with regard to uniforms, is that representation of SS, or other political parties is NOT acceptable.
Insurance is not a necessity to become a member of our group, although it is recommended. The only circumstances that you would need to have insurance, is if you wanted to take part in any battle re-enactments or displays using pyrotechincs. We would however recommend insurance to cover you for any injuries caused by displays, etc.
Our insurance is currently provided by the Sportsman's Association. This however has to be taken out by the INDIVIDUAL. It is not currently a group insurance, however we are looking into this possibility. Insurance from the Sportsman's Association is fairly cheap, and covers you for public liability. More information can be found on the Sportsman's Association website.
For more information on becoming a member of the South West Battle Group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
"I have returned many times to honour the valiant men who died…every man who set foot on Omaha Beach was a hero."
Lieutenant General Omar Bradley - Commander of the US First Army - (Speaking after the war)
"Attacks on cities are strategically justified in so far as they tend to shorten the war and so preserve the lives of allied soldiers."
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris - 29th March 1945
"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."
James Forrestal - Secretary of the Navy - 23rd February 1945