would then serve as a Military Intelligence Officer in North
Africa with the 8th Army and then in Italy assigned to the
17th/21st Lancers. In late 1943, he is sent back to England for
Special Operation Executive training (Wanborough Manor,
Guildford) and eventually spent most of the spring and summer
1944 in occupied France training and instructing the French
Resistance. He would then continue on to Germany with the rest
of the British Forces until VE day. He left the British Army
with the rank of Captain. Awarded amongst others the Africa
Star, the French Croix de Guerre (War Cross) and Medaille de la
All my life I have collected WW2
British militaria. First, items my father gave me and then other
items I would pick up at flea markets, militaria and gun shows.
I was 12
years old when I fired my first real gun. It was a WW2 Beretta
34 that my father “liberated” back in 1943 from an Italian
soldier. I was hooked from that moment on. I knew that firearms
would be my hobby and my passion. My first gun was a German
Walther PPK received as a birthday present from my parents. It
was just the beginning!
I have since
been an avid collector of WW2 British and Commonwealth firearms.
I am especially interested in the British Lee-Enfield rifles and
the Canadian Inglis FN Hi Power pistols. I started reenacting in
1991. The obvious choice for me was to portray a British
Military Intelligence Officer, since I could base my impression
on my father’s wartime experience.
I am now the
unit commander of the TSG 2nd SAS Regt. (reenacted). We do
tactical events as well as living history and public displays.
Our unit is growing and now counts 12 members. All are history
buffs and have an interest in sharing their knowledge and
researching their hobby further.
Our joint collection includes many variants of British WW2
uniforms, such as Service Dress, Barrack Dress, Battle Dress,
Khaki Drill and Jungle Green KDs. Also many different type of
small arms such as Lee-Enfields rifles, Webley revolvers,
Victory model revolvers, John Inglis FN Hi Power pistols, Bren
interest is a large collection of the various 37 pattern Web
Equipment from belts, yokes, basic pouches, to crew served
weapon spare barrel carrier, map cases, holsters, and various
sizes rucksacks. Our collection is a work in progress and is
constantly being updated and items added to it. We have recently
acquired examples of paybooks, prayer books, and other personal
Our goal and
mission is to “preserve the past, today, for tomorrow”. So that
the service and sacrifice of the greatest generation is never
Giovanna served 4 years in the Swiss Army as a paratrooper. He
is a member of the O.G.C.A., the N.R.A., Adams Conservation
Range, Life member of the Abbey of Chateau d’Oex (Swiss
Schuetzen-Verein). He is also the secretary for the Toledo
Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and is a life
member of the ASSO (Swiss NCO Association).