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Living History

International Police Association Cheque Presentation

  This was the 10th of May cheque presentation of funds raised at the Classic Car and Bike Show in January.  The recipients are Mrs Mary Lottriet from Village Care Aged Centre, the main recipient who accepted a donation for R10 000 and representatives of the Disaster Risk Management Volunteers Plumstead, who received donations of…
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The Fallen

 In the last Great War, South Africa committed 120,000 soldiers to the battlefields of North Africa & Europe. 11,900 soldiers did not return. [youtube_video id=”to2Eh5m_Ayc”]  

Boer War Medal Names

Dewald Nel has created an online database of all the Anglo-Boer War medal applicants as well as their entitlements. So far about half of these have been captured, and we wish him well in this task. Click here to view more.

Major Jack Watson, MC

RHQ PARA regrets to inform you of the death of Maj Jack Watson MC who was called to Higher Service on 12 April 2011 , aged 94 years. Details of his service can be seen on ParaData at http://www.paradata.org.uk/people/jack-watson Major Jack Watson was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire on 14 Jan 1917. With the onset of…
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Der Erste Zug Living History Organization

Der Erste Zug Living History Organization is dedicated to portraying the common German landser of WWII as accurately as research and materials will allow as well as to better educate ourselves and the public at large about this part of history that is often overlooked or misinterpreted. As a group, we are committed to historical…
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Link of Interest – Helmets

This week’s Link of Interest details the differences between the various German Helmets. The website details the development of the helmet, the units who wore them, as well as details on the various colour schemes.

Bill Millin – The Last Lament

D-Day’s ‘Mad Piper’ Bill Millin Dies Aged 88 Bill Millin, 88, died after a short illness in a nursing home in Devon where he lived after suffering a stroke several years ago, his family said. Mr Millin was immortalised in the film The Longest Day. Nicknamed the Mad Piper, he braved German bullets and bombs…
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The HG Jeep

This Jeep was first inducted into the Group by Kirk Kinnear, who purchased the vehicle in 1999 in Somerset West from Dax. The vehicle was given the name Popeye, and briefly enjoyed a period of being a ‘bundu-bashing’ run-around. Kirk already had a a number of jeeps and decided this one had to be rebuilt…
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Major Dick Winters

Dick Winters, a highly decorated World War II hero who became a household name when his heroics were chronicled in a Stephen Ambrose book that later became the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 92. A very private and modest man, he died last week but requested that the news be withheld…
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