Welcome to the 2nd Battalion
16th Infantry Regiment
We are a WWII Living History Group, one of the longest running and quality groups in the UK.
We are a group dedicated to representing the men of E Company, 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division.
A Division that served in North Africa, Sicily and mainland Europe; that landed in the first wave on Omaha beach, fought through Normandy, France, Belgium and Germany.
A division that fought in the Hurtgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge, captured the first major German city, Aachen and finished the war in Czechoslovakia.
E Company takes part in displays throughout the year up and down the country, from small local shows to large multi-period events involving 500+ re-enactors.
The members of E Co. come from all walks of life and share an interest in the American Soldier of WWII.
What should I expect from a weekend with E Co.?
You should expect to live a little rough, get a bit dirty, have a lot of laughs, engage in various drills and fire-fights, talk to members of the public, converse with actual veterans, behave with respect to the men we are commemorating and generally have a great time!
Where else can you get buzzed by Spitfires, be pursued by a Tiger tank, ride an M3 half-track into battle with explosions going off around you, or just exchange stories around the camp fire.? All while making new friends in an atmosphere of camaraderie and shared interests
We have strict safety regulations. The battles do involve strenuous activity such as running and jumping. Our age restrictions are 17 to 55 and there is a height restriction of a minimum of 5'5''. This is so we can continue to portray as accurately as we can the GI in the field.
What are the membership costs?
A subscription of £20.00 per year is paid to the 1st Infantry to cover unit admin and goes towards purchasing unit equipment that is available for all to use. This includes webbing and other equipment that new members can borrow until they purchase their own. In addition to the membership fee, there is a small insurance fee also paid annually.
What equipment do I need?
You will need to obtain the basic uniform and equipment of a US W.W.II rifleman as this forms the basis of all roles within the Unit.