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Classic Fighters 2013

Posted by thegarrison on April 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Well another airshow has gone and the pictures are streaming in. Many are already up in our Photo Gallery, with more to come as they arrive. Thanks to everyone who made this show a success, who made donations to our group and a huge welcome to our new members from the weekend. 

With our new membership boost we have decided to make a few changes within our re-enactment ranks and start some units to cater for everyones interests. 

GHQ Liaison (Phantom) Regt. For our covert, sneaky, small unit plans.

5th (NZ) Division, 11th Field Ambulance, for our team of 5 nurses and our resident Medical Officer.

NZ Fighter Wing Headquarters for our "brill cream" boys and girls.

Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable easter.

The Garrison Team

Heritage Day 2013

Posted by thegarrison on February 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Well our first Brayshaw Park Heritage Day was a great success. The weather was perfect and our display was well received by the patrons.

Check out our photo gallery page for some pics taken on the day.

The Tender got a few interested looks as not many were expecting to see a military boat at any of our displays.

A big thanks to John and Barry for bringing the Ford N tractor and Triumph 3HW which added to the history of our display. We look forward to working with you in the future.

See you all at Classic Fighters.

The Garrison Team

Bren Carrier On The Move

Posted by thegarrison on January 4, 2013 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

A huge congrats to our mate Lew, who went for  his first trip in his recently restored Universal Carrier today. Lew has done an amazing job on the carrier and can be very proud of his achievement.

 

Facebook Page

Posted by thegarrison on December 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes we have succumbed to the masses and now have our own facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheGarrisonSociety

 

Our website will be our main point of information and contact still, with the FB page just adding to our inventory of media avenues.

 

We look forward to seeing you there

 

The Garrison Team

Small Re-enactment Group Announcement

Posted by thegarrison on December 6, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Uniformed members of The Garrison have recently adopted a re-enactment identity. Due to the fact that we have a very small contingent of re-enactors, it was decided not to persue a large known unit that would be virtually impossible to portray accurately in any numbers. Therefore we went on the hunt for a smaller, more suitable unit.

After many hours of research it was decided that the GHQ Liaison Regiment utilized very small unit tactics which would be appropriate for our team. Known as PHANTOM, the special reconnaissance unit was first formed in 1939 during the early stages of World War II and based at Pembroke Lodge, a Georgian house in Richmond Park, London.

Phantom deployed in squadrons in North West Europe, South East Europe, North Africa and Italy. Each squadron supported an Army and consisted of a squadron HQ (SHQ) and a number of patrols (one per Corps and a further ten further forward of Corps). Each patrol consisted of an officer, an NCO and up to 9 other ranks. They were typically equipped with Norton motorcycles, Jeeps, Morris 15cwt trucks and White M3 A1 Scout cars and carried a 107 Receiver, 52 and 19 sets. The patrols either embedded with other formations or went on specially-directed missions from their individual Army HQs. The patrols' role was to provide collection, passage and dissemination of real-time information on the progress of battle back to Corps HQ.

Some patrols undertook parachute drops with the SAS to provide communications with SAS Brigade HQ. Later, with Phantom efficiency proven and with US forces under the leadership of 12 US Army Group, similar arrangements were made for Phantom to provide communications for US Corps.

 

This will allow our group to use a wide variety of vehicles, weapons and tactics, whilst being accurate in most scenarios operating as a small, self contained unit. It lends itself to the portrayal of many different facets of the Intelligence gathering service with the inclusion of snipers, para's, both male and female operational staff and many other aspects not often seen in the re-enactment communities. We are looking forward to expanding this unit in time.

Busy Day

Posted by thegarrison on November 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1)

A rather busy day today for two of The Garrison crew, building a rather impressive new prop for our display. The new item will be part of the large living history display and has a few trick's up it's sleeve. It has been specifically designed to bring different elements of the display together and offers a new visual experience to our 'camplike' surroundings. 

Almost Xmas

Posted by thegarrison on November 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Well folks it's almost the end of another year and a lot to look forward to in 2013. Things will not stop though. We have already started a few new projects for props at our next display and have been looking into some great new Unit portrayal ideas for the future.

Welcome to our newest site member Thomo.  Look forward to catching up again soon.

Work has been busy on the motorcycle front, with the Triumph paint job nearing completion. We have been informed the motor is back together and will almost be back in the freshly painted frame. It will be a great show piece at our next display along with three other military bikes never displayed before in Marlborough.

So if you know anyone who may be interested in joining or helping, pass on our details.

Work Soon To Begin

Posted by Demon on August 3, 2012 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Work will soon commence on The Garrison's very own Staff Car. The 1930's Hillman Minx was rescued from a rather dismal life under a tree. We are hoping to have the car totally stripped and a rolling chassis ready for our next display. The final scheme is being kept quiet until its release but we can assure you it is like nothing seen in New Zealand before. :)

Keep watching for photos and more information.

Triumph 3HW

Posted by Demon on July 23, 2012 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (2)

A 1944 Triumph 3HW motorcycle has surfaced in Marlborough. The new owner contacted me about its restoration and return to full military spec and we are pleased to announce work has already commenced. The bike has been stripped and some parts have already been cleaned up and painted. Along with the visual progress some 'behind the scenes' research has also taken place. We now have the exact British War Department contract numbers that the bike was ordered under and the census number (ID number that was issued) which will return to the fuel tank of the bike. Pics of the restoration will be uploaded when available.

Keep checking back for updates and progress reports of this great little bike.

Coming to Town

Posted by Demon on May 12, 2012 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Just received word today that a new Army Green (flat) Chang Jiang 750 will be in Blenheim soon. The owner; a friend, is importing the bike and has ordered it in Flat Army Green. I anticipate it may be put into Russian markings and should be at our disposal for events and displays. He and his wife also have an older BMW and a Russian Ural motorcycle.


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