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History of the Club

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The club was formed in 2000 with the aim of providing an avenue of expression for those with an interest in the history of the Second World War. For many, this interest developed through a love of music, movies, books or hobbies such as model-making, while for others such as educators or students, it may have been on a more formal level.

The group’s first public event was the Military Vehicles’ Day at Corowa on the New South Wales / Victorian border. Here, one of the founding members, Kruger, exhibited period uniforms and various WW2 items, the most notable of which was his Zundapp DB200 motorcycle. Local media gave the presentation considerable praise.

Also in that same year members attended their first Historical Timeline event at Old Sydney Town. Its many period-style buildings provided an ideal photographic backdrop for displays. Here too, as with Corowa, was the perfect opportunity to present a variety of German uniforms, field gear and personal kit as well as the chance to answer questions from curious visitors.

And with such publicity, interest grew to include members from other Australian states and from as far away as Canada.

Other Living History display opportunities for the club followed, with invitations to the Highlander event in Goulburn, Military Heritage Day (Moorbank), Antique and Arms Fair (Canterbury and Penrith), as well as fairs and hobby shows at Moss Vale, Camden, Menangle and Blacktown.

More recently too, regular representation at Lithgow Ironfest and Hawkesbury Model and Hobby Show (Clarendon) have become yet further venues for the group’s activity.

Such Living History events have been complemented by tactical and training days or weekends. These have helped to engender a spirit of camaraderie through the shared experience of field conditions: they provide the opportunity to practise drills and tactics, create scenarios, and simulate combat conditions. And of course there is the chance to make some noise with blank firing.

Old Sydney Town has regularly provided the venue for such activities, but they have extended much further since the group’s 2002 participation in History Alive, an example of cooperation with re-enactors from Queensland.

Since 2003, the Armidale State Forest has provided the perfect setting for two and three-day winter tactical events, again involving many other interstate re-enactors. The pines lend an air of European authenticity which is often lacking in other local venues and the cold July weather only serves to add further realism.

Winchelsea in Victoria and private acreage near Tarago have also more recently provided similar scenarios.

The professionalism underpinning the group’s commitment to authenticity was recognised with their involvement in the filming of Katyusha at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill in 2006, and this provided an even greater level of public exposure.

Many of the events above have become regular features of the club’s calendar. They are perfect opportunities to meet with fellow re-enactors and enthusiasts, men and women, young and old, to exchange ideas and share in their passion for Living History. They furthermore provide the general public with informed, considered and above all factual information, untainted by sensationalism or personal bias.

 

 


 

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