Starting a new WWII group

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Starting a new WWII group

Postby US Rangers on Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:45 pm

Hello there to everybody

Myself and two others have decided to start up a new WWII reenactment group based around 2nd Battalion US Army Rangers. We will be an independent group, I stress the independent bit, and ask others to respect this fact. We have been tinkering around with this idea for years and have now finally decided to go and make fecking egits of ourselves in front of other people, but considering everybody else doing this is probably as daft as we are we’ll be in good company.

We decided to do Rangers because it’s something different. There are lots of airborne groups around doing a very good job, but there doesn’t seem to be anybody doing American infantry? We choose 2nd battalion because they seem to have been involved in virtually every major campaign of WWII and were based in the north of Ireland for a while. Here’s a brief extract from wikipedia…

“On April 1, 1943 the 2nd Ranger Battalion ("Rudder's Rangers") was formed at Camp Forrest, Tennessee along with the 5th Ranger Battalion. Both battalions were officially activated in September 1943 and shipped to Great Britain where they were prepared for Operation Overlord.
On June 6, 1944 Dog, Easy and Fox Companies, commanded by Colonel James Rudder, were landed at Pointe du Hoc from landing craft operated by the Royal Navy. During the attack, 225 men scaled the cliffs, however only 90 of them were still standing after two days of relentless fighting. They managed to disable the German artillery, paving the way for the invasion of France.

Meanwhile Able, Baker and Charlie Companies landed along with the 5th Rangers, the 1st Infantry Division and the 29th Infantry Division at Omaha Beach. They suffered heavy casualties but were still able to complete their D-Day objectives. The 2nd Rangers were later involved in the Battle for Brest and the Battle of Hurtgen Forest. The battalion was deactivated after the war together with the 5th and 6th Battalion.”


While we are starting as a Ranger unit, other branches of the American armed services from WWII are very welcome join as well and do as they wish, Infantry, Airborn etc – we don’t want people to have to buy new kit to play along, not with the way the economy is now. In time who knows what way the club will develop in the future anyway.

The rules of the group are fairly simple:

1. It’s a hobby, so have fun.
2. Treat others with the same respect you expect from them.
3. Don’t make a gobshite out of yourself or the club on forums.

So if you think this might be for you then drop me a private message or email me at usrangersww2@gmail.com and remember, this is meant to be fun!

Regards

John
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