A new UK-based re-enactment group was formed at the end of 2011 basing its impression on the Austrian Reichsgrenadier Division "Hoch und Deutschmeister" which fought as part of the German Wehrmacht in World War II. More specifically our portrayal focuses on the soldiers of 3 Kompanie, I Bataillon, Reichsgrenadier Regiment "Hoch- und Deutschmeister".
The "Hoch- und Deutschmeister" fought as either part of the 44 Infanterie Division or as the Reichsgrenadier Division at two of the most pivotal battles in World War II, Stalingrad and Monte Cassino, and throughout the course of the war they fought the Allies at various times on all fronts and rightfully earned the respect of their opponents as a unit that fought well and could not be underestimated.
As a re-enactment group we are very committed to historical accuracy which we carefully research and document and this is reflected in the period uniforms, equipment, vehicles and weapons that we display. We also research and learn the tactics and drill that the 'Landser' would have known at that time to further improve our impression. We strive to maintain this high standard of authenticity to show as accurately as possible how the ordinary German/Austrian Soldier of the 1943-45 period lived in the field and how he fought in the greatest conflict the world has ever known. We are committed to help keep this part of history alive in an effort to better educate ourselves and the public at large about a part of history that is often overlooked or misinterpreted.
The display of Third Reich symbols or insignia on this site and at our events is done as part of an accurate portrayal of the soldiers of this period. Our desire is to portray the common German, or in this instance Austrian, Army soldier serving in a unit with a long historical background reaching beyond the confines of World War II.
This group feels that it is very important to remember that the Allied victory in Europe did not come easily and units such as the "Hoch- und Deutschmeister" had to be overcome to achieve final victory and whilst we acknowledge the fighting prowess of the "Hoch- und Deutschmeister" on this site and at our events we also salute the bravery and sacrifice of all Allied combatants in the greatest conflict the world has ever known, without them we would not have the freedom to do what we do!