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We are a group of likeminded friends with a huge interest in WW2 history and our intention as a group, is to portray a Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Meical Section/Dressing Station/Field Surgical Team (FST) of 16 Parachute Field Ambulance in Europe from 1943 onwards to the end of the war. We are few in numbers but huge in enthusiasm! Our intention is to be able to give an acurate and realistic representation of a WW2 British Airborne medical facility for education to the general public and to pay tribute to those men of 16 PFA who served during that period of time who gave so much in the expectation of nothing in return.
WHO ARE WE?
We are just a group of ordinary people with a desire to give as accurate a portrayal as possible of the WW2 British Airborne Forces RAMC medical units attached to both the 1st & 6th Airborne Divisions during WW2. We come from all walks of life including, Nursing, Ambulance service, Tree Surgeon, Factory worker, Education, retired, Service personnel, etc and also have ex serving soldiers and RAMC medics, as well as a Queen Alexandra’s’ Royal Army Nursing Corps nurse as part of our membership. Although we portray a medical unit and indeed have a huge amount of medical knowledge between us, it doesn’t ultimately follow that you must have some form of medical experience in order to join our group of living historians. We welcome anyone with a genuine interest in the 1940’s and the 1940’s Medical Corps, so please feel free to contact us if you feel you may like to join us.
HOW DO WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE OUR AIM?
Primarily we will be putting a living history display on at shows throughout the season with the intention of showing the general public as best we can, what an actual Airborne Medical Unit looked like in the field and what type of equipment, both medical and non medical was carried and used by those soldiers, from dressings to tea pots. Our intention is not to glorify War, but rather to give an informed insight into another side of War, one which in fact is often overlooked and under appreciated.