About the Northern World War II Association

Re-enacting really is re-enacting: Image © Paul David Drabble

Northern World War II Association

Established in 2005 the Northern World War II Association is an organisation that unites a variety of 1940’s living history & re-enactment groups. Each group portrays a different aspect of the second world war and by linking these individual groups into a single association our aim is to try to give visitors a feel for what it was like to live through, one of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in human history. Using authentic living history encampments displaying a mixture genuine and replica equipment, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, and by incorporating firing displays and battle re-enactments we try to inform, educate and help people understand the conflict from the viewpoint of a variety of allied and axis, military and civilian organisations.

Our allied groups include….

Allied Home Front

Depicting the hardships and stark realities of  surviving the second world war on the home front, covering everything from rationing, make do and mend fashions to air raid shelters and gas masks The Allied Home Front pays homage to the civilians who kept the fighting men fighting.

British 50th Division

who portray the Great British Tommy from D-day onward including the 61st Reconnaissance Regt of the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division & the Tyne Tees Division.

The Duke of Wellington’s Regt.

Your first thoughts may be scarlet tunics & squares at Waterloo, but during the second world war ‘The Dukes’ saw action at Dunkirk & took part in the North West Europe, North Africa, Italy and Burma campaigns.

6th Airborne Division

with their iconic wings, “Winged Pegasus” patch and coveted Maroon Beret,

Fox Commando

a Royal Navy Beach Commando HQ which could have been found on any invasion beach from D-day to crossing of the Rhine,

South Staffs

South Staffs  – 1st Air Landing Brigade – 1st Airborne Division

The Soviet 13 Guards Rifle Division

recreate the Men and women of the Red Army who fought what is still referred to as the Great Patriotic War.

The Soviet 699 Field Hospital

providing an impression of a Soviet field hospital unit from Stalingrad to Berlin. Most field hospitals were tented so they could be moved easily and would be manned by a few trained medical staff and nurses with rudimentary training. Each field hospital would have had a small detachment of armed troops for its defence.

The 82nd Airborne (505th PIR),

One of two separate and distinctly individual American Airborne groups. Activated in 1942 they fought in Sicily, Salerno, Normandy, Netherlands and Battle of the Bulge and sport the Famous AA “All American” patch.

101st Airborne (502nd PIR) & Charlie Company of the 2nd US Rangers

portray the second of two groups representing our American “over sexed, overpaid and over here” cousins.

The Resistance and Special Operations

depict the brave men and women who operated in NAZI occupied Europe. We also have 1940’s Civilians and Home Front Auxiliaries (Joint War Organisation)

Our axis groups portray….

1./ Kompanie Panzer Grenadier Division Großdeutschland

portrayed as they would have appeared in the late stages of world war two on the Ostfront. To give a fuller & more rounded impression of the Regiment the group includes GD Feldgendarmerie, a GD Kriegsberichter and a Helferin section (Female Auxiliaries) the role would not have made the ladies members of  the Großdeutschland Division but would have seen them working along side various German units in supporting roles.

4./ Kompanie 1 Battalion Großdeutschland

An elite Division within the regular German army, they served almost exclusively on the Russian front this groups impression is of the front-line combat soldiers of the Eastern front complete with Sd.Kfz. 251 Auf-C  half-track. 

276. Infanterie-Division

Are regular German Infantry. Formed 1940 they were soon disbanded then reformed in 1943.  After serving in coastal defence and occupation roles around Bayonne and Biarritz, the division entered combat in Normandy. It was encircled and destroyed August 1944 at Argentan only to be reformed in  September 1944 as the 276. Volksgrenadier-Division.

4th Kompanie of the 1st battalion, 1 Fallschirmjäger Division

the first paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations. They came to be known as the “green devils” by the Allied forces they fought against.

Trupp 200 (mot) Feldgendarmerie

Motorised Field Police unit for the 21st Panzer division whose job included keeping order among the German troops.

21st Panzer Division

Originally part of Rommels Afrikakorps, this group portrays a later incarnation that was stationed in France. On D-Day they were thrown into action against the allies, the only Panzer unit to do so on the 1st day of the attack, June 6th 1944.

17th Luftwaffe Field Division

an infantry division of the German air force tasked with defending the Seine crossings in Normandy they were virtually destroyed by the U.S. 1st Army

DRK or Deutsche Rote Kreuz

Our German Red Cross group has recently decided to broaden it appeal, it is now the group to take a look at if you are especially interested in reenacting Axis medical personnel from Nurses to Field Surgeons and Field Medics. As can be seen from the above outline the Northern World War Two Association is a large group made up of like-minded re-enactors all of whom who have a genuine interest in the history of the second world war however we would like to point out as an association…

  • We are a non political organisation.
  • We do not advocate, promote or tolerate any extreme political views held by any of the actual units our organisation portray.
  • We do not accept members who may hold those or similar views.
  • We do not portray any SS Gestapo or other extreme Nazi units.

If you are interested in joining the association or beginning re-enacting as a hobby please checkout the link “I want to re-enact the Second World War” and check out the individual Units own websites by following the links to their own sites on the left side of this page. You can find up to date information on the Associations latest events by following the “Events Calendar” link If you wish to book the Association for an event or display please use the “events enquiry” link. While we do have a number of dates which are regularly blocked booked a year in advance we are always interested in new enquiries and are very happy to talk through your possible requirements no matter how large or small your event might be.


 Northern World War Two Association (NWW2A)

A Reenacting Slide Show