In 1978 a handful of friends formed a Military Conservation and Study Group. Following the success of Guernsey's 35th Liberation Day Cavalcade in 1980 (which was the first time military vehicles had taken part) the members decided to buy their own military vehicles. As a result in 1981 the Guernsey Military Vehicle Group was formed.
Every five years the group plays a major part in the organisation of the Guernsey Liberation Day Cavalcade. Around fifty to eighty vehicles visit the Island to take part in these cavalcades. In 2005 the group received a special award from the Military Vehicle Trust (MVT) (http://www.mvt.org.uk/) in recognition of its efforts in organising these events.
Every year the group takes part in The Royal British Legion (http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/) Poppy Appeal. Members collecting for the appeal are placed around the Island with their vehicles. The group also supports the other service charities on the Island such as The RAF Association (RAFA) (http://www.rafa.org.uk/).
The group has participated in tours to Normandy, Belgium and Holland. We have also attended various anniversary celebrations. Many members of the Guernsey Military Vehicle Group are also involved with other local conservation groups such as the Channel Islands Occupation Society (http://www.occupied.guernsey.net/), Festung Guernsey (http://www.festungguernsey.supanet.com/) and Guernsey Armouries (http://www.cwgsy.net/community/guernseyarmouries/).
Anyone with an interest in military vehicles is welcome to join the Guernsey Military Vehicle Group (you don't actually need to own a military vehicle). Annual membership costs £10.00 for a single person/married couple or £12.50 for a family. If you would like to join the group please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.