Are you ready and willing to do your bit?
We are always looking for people to join us, to keep the memory of these men who gave so much in service to their country, and to share in a rewarding pass time. Y Troop are an open and friendly group who work hard at our portrayal but enjoy a great social side to our hobby. There are various roles open to new recruits.

Read on for some of the opportunities open to those wanting to enlist.

Royal Marine (Male 16 upwards) - Battle
Royal Navy WRN (Female 16 upwards) - Non battle
Dutch resistance (Male & Female, 16 upwards) - Battle
Civillians (Male & Female, all ages) - Non Battle
So what happens next

Depending on what you want to do, you have to be reasonably active and able to run around carrying the same equipment the marines carried during WW2. But your first port of call will be a mail to our facebook page, introducing yourself and what you would like to do. At that point you will be invited to an event where you'll get to spend the weekend with the Troop and experience first hand a typical event weekend, living history and if on the itinerary, a battle. Please use the link at the bottom of this page to contact us.  What's important to remember is not to buy anything till after your first event. The Troop have enough spare kit to equip you for an event and we will be able to advise you of the correct kit to obtain and where to go to ensure you fit in seamlessly to the troop.

​So here are some examples of what you can portray with Y Troop.
Royal Marine

Open to men from 16 upwards. You'll be depicting a typical member of the Royal Marines from the mid 1940's in both dress and equipment carried. You will be expected to learn the tactics of the day, drill and will be able to take part in living histories and battle scenarios using blank firing weapons.

All our Marines go to great lengths to ensure their kit and representation is up to a high standard and help is given to new marines as how to acheive the best results . Even in bulling your boots!
Royal Navy 'WRENS'
(Womens Royal Naval Services)

Open to women from 16 upwards. For the ladies wishing to go into uniform we have the WRENS, part of the Women’s Royal naval Service. In Y Troop, WRENS are employed as communications and medical staff and this affords a wide selection of uniforms that can be considered from naval battledress to dress uniform.

Although this is not a battlefield role, opporunities to man
the communications and aid station are available on the camp display.

Dutch Resistance

The Royal Marines were involved win landings all across the Dutch coast during earlier operations, and worked closley with their contacts in the Dutch resistance to gain intelligence before and during operations. 

Dutch resistance fighters played an integral part in guiding the commandos to their targets, often fighting alongside the Marines as they engaged German forces.

Equipment and dress varies, with weapons being drawn from British and German forces while using 40's civillian clothes. Most resistance fighters did wear the destinctive orange armband denoting them as free Dutch forces.

If you're looking for something a little more sedate, then for family members not wishing to take an active role, the civillian dress option is available.

This allows members to draw from the styles and fashions from the period and there are plenty of examples that can be put to good use at any event. 

Royal Marine Uniform and Equipment 1941-1945

In this section we have put together the basics required from a typical Royal Marine of the period, together with equipment and weapons that he would have carried. For the 'would-be' recruit, the kit list can look a little daunting but the basic uniform is easily affordable to get you started. 

Battledress uniform

The woolen battledress is the standard uniform worn by all services throughout the war, Though the colours would vary depending on service you were attached to, for the army and Royal Marines this was the standard uniform issued to all. Officers wore the same though the collar on the officers battledress tunic resembled the collar on a suit as akin to the enlisted mans collar which was a full collar. 

Basic battledress consists of:
Battledress tunic
Woolen shirt collarless (and for the evenings collared shirt with worsted tie)
Webbing belt
Battledress trousers
Ammunition boots (either hobnailed or the tubber soled SV boot)
Royal Marine green berert with brass beret badge
Combined operations patches
47 Royal Marine Commando shoulder flashes

Fighting order

Basic rig for the field may well include full battledress depending on the scenario but generally the troop chooses to wear the following equipment for its field operations. 

The main change is the Denison smock. The style we use is the part zipped version which pulls over the head. The smock is light, hard wearing and provides another level of camoflage when in the field.

Left is an example of the typical rig worn by Royal Marines Commandos during the later part of WW2.

Field equipment:
Basic Battledress kit
Denison Smock
Scrim Scarf
37 pattern belt order
Spike bayonet
Entrenching tool
Sykes Fairburn fighting knife (Optional)
Water bottle
Enfield No4 rifle (Live)
Bren support gun (Blank)
Sten or Thompson Sub Machinegun (Blank)

Most commandos carried the No4 rifle. Live firing weapons do require a firearms licence and we can advise you on this. In the mean time new members can use replicas or deactivated firearms.
Want to know more?

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