Welcome to the Grossdeutschland Aufklärungsruppe
About our group.
Our unit strives to portray as accurately as the possible rifle men of the Aufklarungsgruppe Grossdeutschland (reconnaissance group) that mainly saw active service on the Russian front during World War II.
Our members have many reasons for joining the group. Some have a keen historical interest in WWII, others come from a militaria collecting background, some have interest in the weapons and tactics used, others join for the ‘Kameradschaft’, but the main aim is to share knowledge and research about the conflict and the soldiers that fought in it.
We attempt to set high standards in all areas our portrayal - from uniforms and equipment to our living history displays and battle reenactments. We pride ourselves on our photography and also the research articles written by our members which appear in our unit newsletter and on the pages of this website.
Now in it's ninth year of existence, the group can trace it origins back to the year 2000 when it’s members set out portraying soldiers of the Infantry Regiment Grossdeutschland. Unhappy with the direction of this group, the Aufklärungsgruppe was formed in 2005.
2014 sees us as one of the largest and most well established independent Axis re-enactment groups in the country with some of the highest standards of dress and presentation within the hobby. The year will see us undertake some of the most exciting and respected shows in the UK such as the English Heritage ‘Festival of History' and the Victory Show whilst trying out some newer shows that show great promise.
As you will see from the pictures on our site we attend many varied events throughout the season, from tactical weekends, to public displays and have also taken part in TV, film and magazine work as extras.
We are always on the lookout for motivated recruits and vehicle owners with historical knowledge and a genuine interest in WWII and especially ‘Grossdeutschland’ and the war from the perspective of the Eastern front, so if you have any questions or are interested in joining a rapidly growing independent group with an equally rapidly growing and varied events calendar, come along to one of our shows and see us for a chat.