Hi Guys, I have just joined the forum, so I thought that I would write an introduction about myself and my interests.
Some of you may already know me from the WAF forum?
I have been collecting just over 30 years now. I began collecting WW2 German militaria when I was aged 15. I have never stopped in my interest of German items, but over the years my interests have widened. I collect mainly Heer, Waffen SS and Luftwaffe FJ/Ground forces: headgear, uniform, field gear, weapons and awards. I do have a few political items as well, but not many.
I have all this time been a keen WW2 re-enactor. It is through this that my interests have widened to include British Airborne Forces and the RKKA. My British interest started after I discovered that my 1942 Ford GPW Jeep, which I bought in 1988, was ex British Airborne.
Since 2001 I have been very interested in the RKKA. This interest grew over many years as I learnt how the Wehrmacht was defeated in Russia. I am 2 i/c of the UK's leading and largest Red Army living history group, "2nd Guards Rifle Division". I am keen to try and collect as much original Red Army gear as I can. Currently I am trying to obtain an example of each weapon used by the RKKA. I have a few awards too and this is another area I hope to expand into.
In 2004 I married my wife Lez. (She has just joined the forum too, user named "Larisa") We had a WW2 themed wedding in Arnhem, Holland. Lez also collects and she specialises in WW2 British womens uniforms of the ATS and has a large collection in her own right. She re-enacts too as a member of 2nd Guards.