Poor Bloody Infantry
Living History Group
We are a group of Midlands based, like-minded individuals who share a keen interest in the life of the average British Infantry soldier, both Airborne and standard infantry, during the Second World War. We attempt to educate the public through hands on equipment and scenario living history displays which allow people to get ‘up close’ and personal with the items and equipment the men used during the Second World War. Our main impression focusses on the men of C Company, 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, who were part of the 1st Airlanding Brigade, 1st Airborne Division. They took part in the famed Operation Market Garden of September 1944, of which our impression focuses, as well operations in Sicily in 1943 and Norway in 1945. Our secondary impression are the men of the 6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment who served in 176 Brigade, 59th (Staffordshire) Division. The division served in the Battle of Normandy from July 1944 as a reinforcement division fighting in the liberation of Caen up to the close of the Falaise Gap. They were later disbanded on 17th August 1944 to reinforce other divisions. They were the only duplicate division to serve overseas.