Replicating History

Harold Mariller, known as ‘Big H’ to his friends, is the managing director and driving force behind World War Two German armour replica construction company, HCM Associated Enterprises

On the left is the front view of a Cold War British Army FV432 armoured personnel carrier. On the right is the rear view of one of the first replica Stug IIIs built by Harold Mariller using a cut-down FV432 hull complete with mandatory bucket

Harold Mariller’s interest in the military vehicle hobby really took off after moving to the UK from South Africa in 1986. He became a regular attendee at military vehicle events and was fascinated when he saw a replica Tiger tank and show put on by a re-enactment group called Tiger One.

“I was totally taken aback,” he explained. “I had never seen World War Two battle re-enactments before, and my interest grew from there. They had a replica Sd Kfz 251 armoured car and Jon Philips’ first replica StuG III based on a British Army Cold War FV432 armoured personnel carrier hull. I found it fascinating.”

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