Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Event - 'Americans' on their way (Beeston)

THE Yanks are coming – and they will be arriving at Beeston Marina in a Second World War landing craft.

A living history group called GI 44-45, which portrays GIs of the Second World War, will be recreating some of the sights and sounds of 70 years ago.

Formed in 2006, the group has featured in newspapers and magazines and National Geographic's TV series Generals at War.

They will be at the marina on Saturday from 12.30pm.

Member Sam Harris, of Long Eaton, has arranged for people to travel in the LCI – Landing Craft Infantry.

To gain some understanding of how the GIs felt in the craft the group will be wearing the uniforms, and carrying the equipment, of the US 4th Infantry Division otherwise known as the Ivy Division.

During the build-up to the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944, men of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment were based in Wollaton Park.

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