Lives in: Colne, Lancashire
Re-enacting WWII since: 2003
Re-enacts as: French Resistance, Russian infantry, British Airborne
Bob says: "Our
family has the surname 'French' and this had always intrigued me.
Digging into my family's history, I discovered that one of my recent
ancestors was French, which is where the surname comes from, although he
was actually a Basque from Pays Basque in Southern France.
"It was my
wife, Alison's, interest in the French experience which led me to
evaluate what I was re-enacting as. I had originally started as German
forces with some British and Russian on occasions, but now virtually
exclusively do various aspects of France, this also includes looking at
the Legion Volunteers France that fought for the Germans on the Russian
front as well as the Free French.
having completed the Gendarmes uniform as seen in internal occupied
France, we are hoping to extend this with a greater display about the
Sapeur Pompiers as well.
"Honneur et Patrie, Vive la France!"
MY PROUDEST MOMENTS:
displays we provided in Liverpool during 2009 were very poignant -
particularly honouring veterans who came to Liverpool's St George's Hall
in November 2009. However, my proudest moments are when we meet
actual veterans of the French Resistance and their descendants who still
show a unique proudness for the valour shown in the face of Nazi
supremacy that ruled over France during the war."