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 Welcome to Just Ordinary Men 


Members of the All Fronts Re-enactment Association

 "Only the enemy in front"

the distinctness and brilliance of its regimental

identity, its style, smartness and flawless sense of

standards . . . . A regiment is an institution, not

merely for achieving material ends, but for evoking

the human virtues necessary for their achievement.

When it succeeds in doping so, it has created some-

thing that cannot die and becomes itself undying.

                                           Sir Arthur Bryant 

Site last updated 25th May 2015
Events diary updated (more will be added soon)

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Widely regarded as Britain's Premier British Airborne Living History Group; Just Ordinary Men has rapidly earned a reputation, both nationally and internationally, for it's dedication and historical authenticity.


This reputation is due, in no small part, to extensive training regarding weapons safety, authentic field craft, attention to the smallest detail and military bearing.

Recreating the role of a WW2 British Airborne Reconnaissance Troop; Just Ordinary Men bring's to life scenes that were familiar in many theatres of operation.  We have access to an unique and extensive training area that enables us to train in all aspects of field, barrack, parade and weapons sphere's, for twelve months of the year, when the majority of other unit's close down for the winter.


Although we take our role seriously.  We make living history and re-enactment an enjoyable and educational experience for all concerned.

Photos below from 70th Anniversary Market Garden - destination Renkum Heath


The Parachute Regiment

Whilst our primary portrayal is as HQ Troop, 1st Airborne  Reconnaissance Squadron

Just Ordinary Men are also able to depict:

'B' Company, 2nd Parachute Battalion and 'A' Company, 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion


Our members already possess these  uniforms  which means we are able to parade without the need to source correct insignia prior too, or during, an event.  This level of adaptability enables us to present an exciting portrayal of two Airborne Division's ..... all under one roof.


   Mess Matters and the Social Side

Re-enacting, for us, isn't just about meeting up at events.  It's  about forging a good friendship within the membership and pulling together as a team; resulting  in us having an excellent Esprit de Corps when 'at work' and socially.  Throughout the year, we hold several social events for members and their families culminating  in the main Mess Night in December which formally ends the re-enacting year.





An award winning team!

Winners of best small Living History Display at War & Peace 2011


 "Congratulations to all for the well deserved award"

Honorary Colonel K.J.Lowdon.


 2007  Best Large Living History Display
 War & Peace
25th Anniversary Show

 2007  Commendation Ministry of Defence
Veterans Agency

 2007 Commendation  The Parachute Regimental

 2006 Joint Winners
Best Living History  Display

 Military Odyssey





Just Ordinary Men Actively Support's our Veterans and the hard work of :The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and  Royal British Legion through our local branches.


 Advisory note & photographic credits

Due to the nature of the photos and video's used on this website.  Some vehicles or re-enactors may be from other groups.  They may also include past members of Just Ordinary Men. Photos and video's remain the copyright of Just Ordinary Men  unless otherwise stated.  Original photographic matter has only been used where the copyright owner is un-known.

Our thanks to Stuart Gould Photography, Nick Halling Photography, Peter Birkett & UKMS2000 for their kind permission to use some of their photographs on this website.  Copyright remains the property of the respective photographers and companies.

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