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GI44-45 Living History Group [England]

We are a group of UK based living historians who portray the GI of WW2. We aim to organize and attend various WW2 reenactments, engage in high quality living history, educate the public and keep alive the memory of those who made sacrifices during WW2.

Our living history impressions are such that we rebadge to suit an event or scenario. This enables us to avoid portraying just one unit and gives us flexibility to pay homage to ALL the citizen soldiers of WW2.

The purpose of this post is to forge links with US based groups, and to work in partnership, swapping ideas and information. You can join and visit our group forum in England and I would welcome anybody to pay us a visit!

Meanwhile to let you all know that we are out there "doing things", loads of recent posts have been added to the GI44-45 forums reference thread...

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Due to demand, and I'm guessing because Cold winter months are on their way. A new thread has been created on the GI44-45 forum to allow members and non members to discuss and arrange if they wish, online gaming..

Want to hone your infantry tactics in a Cyber world, whilst in the comfort of your home?
Want to create a WW2 themed team death match?

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From Ben Major of our group-

Just a few pictures from GI 44-45's recent exhibition at Her Majesty's Prison Sudbury. The prison was used during WW2 by the 108th and 82d General Hospital to treat wounded USAAF personnel. It was officially opened as a prison in 1948, but the buildings are largely still the original ones used by the General Hospitals during WW2.

Our exhibition was set up in the theatre, which was originally built to host the numerous dances and USO shows. The dancefloor is the original, sprung wooden one laid by the builders, and many of the other buildings remain unchanged (apart from a re-render here and there). The walkways around the site are also still there, although their shelters have long since been removed.

This was certainly a different location for a WW2 event, and I think the prison were more than happy with the exhibition. There was a lot of interested mainly from the prison medical staff.

There's a full report to follow, but the pictures below should give a good impression of the event:









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On the 28th and 29th November 2009 GI44-45 held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Lincolnsfield children centre, Bushey Hertfordshire (England)

The Lincolnsfields Children’s Centre is based on the original WW2 site of Bushey Hall-Headquarters of the 8th U.S.A.A.F. Fighter Command [Codename AJAX], from 1942 to 1946, as a World War II non-flying facility in England. It was established at a private golf club and was used as a headquarters facility for the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force in the United Kingdom. It was situated close to its Royal Air Force counterpart at RAF Bentley Priory, near Stanmore. It was also known as USAAF station 341.
During the war the facility was also Headquarters United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF) during 1944 and 1945, a re-designation of the Eighth Air Force VIII Bomber Command. It is the direct predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force United States Air Forces in Europe. In the Fifties this site then became an important Cold War period Anti Aircraft establishment.

Our thanks go out to the Phil, Chris and all from the First Special Service Force living history group ( http://www.wwiireenacting.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31060 ) for enabling our AGM to take place at Bushey. We highly recommend Bushey as a site to use, with great hosts; it’s also conveniently located just off the M1 and M25 motorways.

The site was such that we had the use of wartime buildings and to hold our meeting and take advantage of all that the site offers.

Despite the rain, GI44-45 had the opportunity to take a few pictures inside the Gusville saloon “somewhere in Europe” and outside. In addition to discussing much in the AGM, we had the chance to socialise, watch some classic DVD’s, participate in a little knowledge check of WW2 (well done Murph!!), and travel into town where we received a warm welcome from the locals. We also had the chance to meet up with our newest member Private Dan O’Dwyer, and thank goodness (for me) as Dan is from down South of England, so I can actually understand what he says, unlike some of our other members, who tend to get a bit “mardy”.

Great to have you on board Dan, right kit, great attitude and we look forward to meeting up at our next event!

So with the AGM behind us, and our last event of 2009, I am looking forward to what we have planned for 2010! It looks to be a good one.

A sample of what the group got up to.....

The Gusville saloon “somewhere in Europe”





“On patrol”






Private O’Dwyer gives a lost GI directions to the front..

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Okay folks........Feeling down? Christmas all too much? Feeling bloated, tired, at a loose end? lacking a certain vava-voom? Then you need to visit the GI44-45 forum, where the Sun never sets and there are no winter blues. Its free to join, and you can engage in light hearted chat, learn a thing or two and meet each and every one dazzling member of our little band of GI's!!!

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Are any of your members planning to attend the Ft Indiantown Gap battle of the Bulge reenactment in January? If so, we can toast our victory over a pint, served cold of course.
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I would love to be at that event, so would some of the group members. This year is out, as next weekend I'm living the dream as 83rd infantry in the Ardennes and in February will be re-visiting the Ardennes walking in the footsteps of the 82nd Airborne.

Ford Indiantown always appeals to me. My Gt GT Grandfather served with the 111th Pennsyylvania Volunteers, and as a living history group we often Portray the 28th. There must be some Pennsylvanian blood in me somewhere-although I'm a Brit!
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Looking forward to those photos.

Well, the next decade has started, and a happy New Year to all. GI44-45 have some great events planned for the coming year; onwards and upwards! 2009 saw us recruit a number of members and also a massive increase in visitors to our forum and website.

I'm guessing that there are some things of interest on our site that inspires people to visit. Some join the forum and no doubt others don't.

You may not know but we have a guestbook on the website which you can sign if you visit. No names - no pack drill, at the risk of shooting myself in the foot, I invite anybody to visit and sign the guestbook, you don't have to be a GI44-45 forum member!!

Your comments about our group may help us to tweak things and improve our impression, website and forum for the coming year.

So follow the link and make your comments!!

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Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM) was host to probably one of the first publics show of 2010 that GI44-45 were in attendance, teaming up with Dave Pratt and his gang; Ranger Re-enactments .

This event was well attended by an abundance of quality living history groups and the “war-walks” proved to be a good idea, and the feedback from the public was good.

My thanks go out to all concerned that made this event as enjoyable as it was, and for the chance to meet new friends and socialise with some great people.

Below are some of my favourite pictures of us portraying members of the 78th Infantry and 2 Rangers , late war 1945. For the full album on webshots, “tab” on any photo.



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Well, last weekend saw GI44-45 holding the front line at Pippingford Park, Sussex. Representing the 1st infantry Division we worked alongside the 29th and 1st Infantry Division Living history groups. It was a great event, another success for Pete Skillman who organised it, and a pleasure to work with Allied and Axis living historians who all “played the game” well. I witnessed no major bust-ups or shot calling, and the blat-fest that Pete always strives to avoid did not occur either.

We were blessed with good weather, albeit probably below freezing at night, and it was one of the first tacticals that our newest member Dan O' Dwyer had been on.
Dan really is a credit to the hobby, he gives 100% commitment and strives to represent the citizen soldier of WW2, the GI, to the best of his ability. I'm just so glad that when he was looking around at all the groups in the hobby that he chose ours as the one to join!! Testimony to the fact that we obviously offer something that helps us to attract new recruits!

Anyway, enough PR, below are some pictures from the event, as usual, tab on any to take you to the whole album on webshots...












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GI44-45 spent this weekend at the (not-so-secret) Nuclear Bunker at Kelvendon Hatch. Our display this year had us recreating a 28th Infantry Division 60mm mortar squad, ”Somewhere in Europe”. Thanks to our hosts for the chance to dig in and live the dream!!!

It was a great weekend, with good weather, some fine Victory beer and an opportunity for us to catch up with old and new friends, including Gary Bainbridge and Ramsey “firestarter” Green, and to try out our 60mm mortar. This is some members of the group last event before Normandy and sleeping out gave us a chance to see how it’s going to feel for six days!!!

As usual “Tab” on any photo to take you to the whole album on webshots, and whilst there check out other images of the group at various events.











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