FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are you based?
We are essentially based around the midlands area however we have members from all over the country come and join us at events. We attend lots of events in the Warwickshire Gloucestershire & Worcestershire areas, there are also a few events a bit further afield such as in Wales and a recently a trip to Normandy.
What period do you re-enact?
The group re-enacts the Royal Warwickshire Regiments’ return to France (after being evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940) on Sword beach, Normandy, June 6th, 1944, as part of 185 Brigade, up until the disastrous attack on Lebisey wood on June 7th
How frequently do you meet?
We meet up around once a month, sometimes more. Some are single day events others are two days, where we end up camping for the weekend. If camping is not your thing and you don’t want to or you only want to come to one day of a two day event that is absolutely fine.
Do you do training nights / days?
Training is essentially done at the events that we meet at, although we do have a couple of times that we meet as a group such as the AGM.
How much is it to join the group?
There is no membership fee to join the group, although we require you to become a member of the Worcestershire reenactors; to qualify for public liability and indemnity insurance.
How many events do I have to come to?
There are no set numbers of events that you have to attend; you do what you can when you can. We do like as many people as possible to come to the AGM, where we set the events schedule out for the coming year and generally socialise!
How do I start off?
You can contact us via the 'Contact us' page on the website or our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/royalwarwicks/), we will do our best to get back to you quickly, although please bear in mind if it’s on the weekend we may be sat in a trench!!
Come and visit us! Check out our calendar and see what event you would like to meet us at. If you want send us an e-mail saying you are coming over and would like to chat, feel free. We will be more than willing to talk to you, come and see what we do and chat to other members of the group.
What type of events do you do?
We do two main types of event:
1. Show and tell: A display set out showing what a 2nd battalion Royal Warwick soldier would have carried as he came ashore on sword beach Normandy, 6th June 1944. Members will be kitted out in either “Walking out” uniform or full “battle” webbing or as members of the French Resistance. We will give displays in military drill and weapons drills, informing the public of the life of the average soldier.
2. Living history: Generally multi-day events, whereby a typical British camp is set up and members live as a “Tommy” would have done. Again drill demonstrations, answering questions from the public, as well as section assault drills and public battles are typical for these types of events
Do I need to purchase everything before my first event?
What we say is – “The first one is on us”. We will do our best to find enough uniform to kit you out for the day. Try it out and if you don’t enjoy it, it’s been good to meet you. If you decide to stay then you can start you own uniform collection, we will do our best to help out; it’s not unusual for new members to loan certain items for the day.
How much will it cost?
Not an easy question to answer. It will depend on where you purchase the uniform and kit from and at what price you can secure it for. As a general guide the Army “Walking out” impression will be somewhere in the region of £350.00 complete. From this point you can work towards getting the “battle” equipment (webbing, small pack etc) on top. This will also depend on if you intend to carry “Full weight” i.e. full equipment in the pack or not as obviously this will add to the cost, although is not essential to be able to join in the battles. French Resistance impressions can vary, we would recommend seeking assistance with clothing/ weapons for a FFI impression from the group before purchase.
Can you give me advice on what to purchase?
Absolutely there is a wealth of knowledge within the group to ensure that you buy period correct gear, as it changed slightly throughout the duration of the war.
Can I specialise?
Yes: However all new members start of their time with the group as a private soldier or member of the French Resistance. It is in this way that the essentials of a weapons safety are learned and understood along with the structure of a section, platoon, company etc (if appropriate). before going on to develop a specialty.
Will I need a fire Arms Certificate (FAC)?
No: We use both deactivated / blank firing weapons for which you do not need an FAC. However you can apply for an FAC or variation if you wish to.