things have been a little slow in the update department, Sorry for that. I have
been a bit under the weather for a while and I am just about getting over it and
have a little bit of Free time on my hands so I better crack on.
My goal of finishing the web site last year failed, so I am aiming for this
you can see the
Forces 80 site is currently under major review with a new look and
hopefully better layout of sections. I also intend to make this page a
little less cluttered and easier to navigate.
This web site is funded from my own
pocket, it is not a deep pocket and the odd donation to the group to
help to keep it up and running would be much appreciated.
CO Forces 80
80 supports SAMA (82) which is the association for veterans of the 1982
Falklands conflict. You will find us with the collection tins at
the various events we attend, so do not be surprised if we mug you of
your spare change for this worthy cause.
Whilst at The War and Peace Show (Beltring) in 2004
we noticed that the living
history groups mainly dealt with the British Army in World War Two or from the
1st Gulf War onwards. As I had some British Infantry equipment for the early
eighties I donned my uniform and walked around the
living history field where I was complimented upon my appearance. Several
ex-service men stopped and
talked to me and gave me advice and information on how to make my representation
more visually correct, especially Kenny who was a member of
5 Airborne Brigade Group who was a serving member informed me that he was well
pleased as what I had done as it
was his History...
Light bulb time.
Having had such a positive response and feeling rather encouraged we started
looking into how to create a group. After several head banging sessions amongst
a few friends 'Forces 80' was created ready in time for Beltring 2005.
Our display attracted a modest amount of attention
again from ex-serving
members of the armed forces and we gained valuable information and at the end
came to the conclusion every unit had its own ways of doing things and as they
say "That was That".
Our thanks goes to the members of 5
Airborne Brigade Groupwho
repeatedly redressed us to an embarrassing degree and the Ex-members of
‘Green Jackets’ who seemed to be part of every living
history group and came bounding over to play with the weapons.
of February 2007 we have decided to change our mandate from representing the
Army to representing the Armed Forces as a whole as we have had requests to do
various other units and seeing as we portray Naval Party 8901 and 40 Commando
which are both Naval units we thought that the change would be appropriate.*
*As of June 2008 we have also decided to include 1989 to the years we represent
to allow us to cover the fall off the wall.*
*Forces 80 is now on face book, come
and say hello - Click
had originally decided not to badge up and to represent the
army as a whole as we could not
decide to which regiment to represent. After a
discussion with an retired Royal Tank Regiment Lieutenant-Colonel who suggested that we
portrayed "The Cheshire's" due to their up-coming amalgamation
in 2007 where they will in effect cease to exist. We decided to give
this some thought, after a small period of time we agreed amongst our selves to badge as the Cheshire's
unless we were doing a Falklands display where we would badge
as the Welsh Guards and 40 Commando which was decided upon due to the Welsh
Guards loosing the equivalent of two companies when the Galahad was
hit which were later replaced by 2 companies of marines. It is of note
though that we now badge up as required and sometimes we are seen at events
representing various regiments.
interested in joining you are not confined unless requested to by a event organizer
to represent these particular regiments*
codes rule the British Army with a degree of leeway in combinations. We use
dress codes 8,13 and 14 where applicable.
We strive to use the correct issue of clothing but are sometimes unable to find it
in the sizes needed so a later issue is purchased and later replaced once the
correct item is found. We are always mindful of our appearance and when the
wrong article of clothing is used we make no allusions that it is correct.
Infantry equipment of the Infantry in the 1980's was made up of various
designs dating from as far back as the 1940's with helmets designed for the
invasion of Europe, rifles first developed in 1947 and 1960's uniforms. To
say that it was varied is an understatement. The 1980's also saw the
introduction and development of new equipment and weapons which still served side by side with
the old well into the mid 1990's and which some of the new equipment is still
in use today, albeit, improved versions.
equipment section started as a guide to the various pieces that you
on our display, but this is now being expanded to encompass virtually any and all
the kit issued. It is, by no means complete and will be constantly added
to but there will be inevitably going to be bits of equipment we are going to overlook or miss out.
are always on the look out for pieces of equipment to supplement and improve our
display so if you have any items you think that we might like please contact us,
please bear in mind that we are not as rich as most people and groups and rely
on donations and peoples charitable nature. So if you have any thing you like to
donate or sell to us please feel free to contact us.
80 are not actively looking for new members, but this said, If you are
interested in joining first email us, you will get a response, albeit on
occasions a slow one, but you will get a response with details on how to join. Alternatively
you can approach us at an event and we would be happy to talk to you.