About Das Heer
is a Living History Society based in the south of England
although we have members from various parts of the UK. We are at present a small
society but our members are dedicated and we believe our standards of
authenticity are very high.
Heer was formed in the summer of 2003 when the infantry element of Der Adler
broke away from the group.
The aim of our society is
portray the ordinary German soldier going about his duties during World War 2.
To that end we are not politically motivated nor do we wish to glorify war. We
do not condone the acts of atrocity and barbarity carried out in the name of
Germany from 1933 –1945. Das Heer does not accept anyone with extreme
political views or ideals.
We believe we are unique in
that we are the only group in the UK that portrays the early war German
infantryman. Das Heer concentrates on the period immediately before the war
through until the end of 1941 prior to the reverses in the east.
portrays the men of the 2nd Company, 1st Battalion of the 27th
Infantry Regiment from the 12th Infantry Division. The 12th
Infantry was a Pomeranian / Mecklenburg unit whose Divisional symbol was a charging European Bison. For
the history of the 12th click here.
The decision to portray the
12th Infantry Division was taken because we believe that the ordinary German
soldier of WW2 is not adequately represented in re-enactment circles and there
seems to be a tendency to portray late war elite units.
society is active throughout the year and attends many different types of venues
from English Heritage sites to military spectaculars such as the War and Peace show
at Beltring. As well as these events we regularly attend the monthly militaria
fair at the Chatham Historic Dockyard. In the off-season we hold training weekends at a converted barn in
the heart of Kent. We also have access to two venues of over 200 acres where we
hold our ‘field weekend’. Here our members live in the field using original
equipment. The idea behind this is to take Das Heer beyond just dressing
up for a few days in front of the public. Members experience marching in full
kit, night patrols, digging in and sleeping in the field. This kind of
experience only serves to add to our knowledge and bring those experiences to
our public displays with increased authenticity.
joining Das Heer members receive a 'handbook' that covers many aspects on German
soldiering and re-enactment. To
add to authenticity all our members have a German name and life profile
supported by the relevant paperwork. Members also receive training in basic German language,
German drill and weapons handling.
Once a month members receive the Das Heer newsletter Der Soldat
which has event reports, information of forthcoming events and numerous articles
Once a month members receive the Das Heer newsletter Der Soldat which has event reports, information of forthcoming events and numerous articles of interest.
Heer is keen to participate in all types of event whether large or small. Our
members are very knowledgeable in our chosen interest and a number of us have
given talks on the subject. We are able to advise on historical accuracy and are
happy to work with organisers to help create a unique event.