D-Company

2/505 PIR

U.S. 82nd Airborne Division

 

Remembering and commemorating the actions of

D Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment

of the 82nd Airborne Division of WWII.

 

 

About us

 

The origins of our group’s 82nd Airborne representation can be traced back to 1991, when we formed as a separate unit within the then WWII Battle Re-enactment Association Ltd. (now the WWII Living History Association Ltd.).

As the original representation of the group, we have thoroughly researched D/505 and have met with numerous D Company veterans over the years, both at events in Europe and at the 505th reunion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the modern home of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Our watchword is authenticity, and we will always aim to continually research and improve our representation to be a living memorial to the original Veterans we have the honour of re-creating. Some of our members have even undertaken parachute training with commemorative jump teams to be able to parachute from C-47's onto the original dropzones in France and the Netherlands.

We have taken this same dogma and have applied it to numerous other Airborne and Infantry representations, in order to be accurate at specific commemorative events on the original battlefields. Our current listing of units that we have represented at commemorative events in mainland Europe (spanning the time period of June 1944 to May 1945) includes the 1st, 5th, 28th, 79th and 83rd Infantry Divisions, most sub-units of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, plus the 517th RCT in Southern France.

In 1998 D/505/82 created its “2nd Armored” representation, as a combination of C/82nd Armd Recon and 41st Armored Infantry, and has since applied our standards to other Armor units as befitting specific events. Added therefore to the Infantry and Airborne units listing above are our Armor representations including the 2nd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 14th and 16th Armoured Divisions and other independent Tank and Tank Destroyer units. Please see here for information about our Armored representation.

We have also been employed to provide authentic re-creations of different Divisions for film, books and TV, and also for launches and support of well-known computer games, such as Medal of Honor : Airborne. Please see here for more information on what we are capable of providing.

The group undertakes many mainland European trips to the original battlesites for commemorative events, utilising the resources and enthusiasm of our extended "family" of fellow collectors and re-enactors from the UK and mainland Europe, and should the event allow it, invited guests from other living history groups who are willing to meet the minimum authenticity guidelines.

Now in our 18th year as a group, we have become a familiar and welcome sight at major World War Two commemorative events in the UK and mainland Europe.

With a range of well-researched representations of Infantry and Airborne units (as well as our Armored side), we strive to keep alive the memory of the hardships and sacrifices endured by the American "G.I." during WWII. We will never forget.

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