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1  Events List: North American Theater of Operations / 7th Service Command / Re: 14-16 January 2011, Battle of the Bulge, Camp Clark, Nevada, MO on: January 16, 2011, 12:33:16 PM
Another great event, marking three times for me there.  It was a pleasure to be an O/C for the 12SS and SS Junkerschule volks.  They organized themselves and worked together well, and they took hits.  Well done.  The event is one of the best organized and run you will ever attend.  If you are in town for a while check out Buzz's BBQ.  OMG.
2  Events List: North American Theater of Operations / 7th Service Command / Re: 5-6 November 2010, "Parade of Soldiers", Ottawa, KS on: September 29, 2010, 01:01:25 PM
This was a fun event last year and there was a lot of effort in constructing the battlefield.  There was a good turnout by the locals.  I plan to be there with the kubel and hopefully with two or three other guys from the unit.
3  Events List: North American Theater of Operations / 7th Service Command / Re: 23 October 2010, Salute to Veterans, Platte City, MO on: September 29, 2010, 12:59:12 PM
I will be there with the Kubel and hopefully with two or three other guys from my outfit.
4  Events List: North American Theater of Operations / 7th Service Command / Re: 24-26 September 2010, Walk Back In Time, Mexico, MO on: September 29, 2010, 12:58:03 PM
Another great event, guys.  As always the support staff and crew went out of their way to make all re-enactors feel welcome.  Unfortunately the rains came in late Saturday and forced the cancellation of the candlelight tour.  We krauts hung in there until about 1000 on Sunday.  With the cool temperatures, light drizzle, and prospects of few spectators we pulled up and made the long trek home.  Many of the Allies had already done so the night before.  The only "negative wave" I have is the small number of re-enactors for all time periods.  Recession and competing events seem to be in play.  This is a great event and worth the effort and the drive.
5  Opposing Forces, 1900-2000 / Looking to buy/sell/trade / Re: WTB Mauser 98k on: March 03, 2010, 01:52:15 PM
I bought one from the web site Mitchell's Mausers some time back.  Although pricey, it has all the correct stampings with no additional ones.  It is a good shooter with live ammo and blanks.  My only complaint was that the bolt was pretty darn shiny, but a bottle of cold bluing took care of that.  If you find one locally and cheaper go with that.  The additional advantage is you can hold it in your hands before buying.
6  Events List: North American Theater of Operations / 7th Service Command / Re: 15-17 January 2010, Battle of the Bulge Tactical, Camp Clark, Nevada, MO on: January 19, 2010, 02:39:22 PM
Yes, "Dima", that was one good ambush.  Probably the best I've seen ever in 30 years.  I saw it coming but couldn't do a thing to stop it.  (One could see the little red stars on the hats as your guys peeked through the bushes and over the ditch at the bridge.)  I fought the urge to tell my son, "you better get ready to fire that thing" (rifle).  The only thing missing was a final assault, which was probably not needed and would have been danger-close for safety anyway.
7  Events List: North American Theater of Operations / 7th Service Command / Re: 15-17 January 2010, Battle of the Bulge Tactical, Camp Clark, Nevada, MO on: January 18, 2010, 08:08:53 PM
I would like to echo the other AAR comments in saying that Dave and his team did indeed organize and host a stellar event.  For it's size, organization, and support you will not find a better event within 200 miles or more.
As an O/C again this year I offer a few tips for the participating units:
- Get organized.  The "platoons" were formed by combining bits and pieces of reenactor units from all over the country.  Form squads and teams with strong leaders and establish a means of communication between units.  Units tended to become mobs after first contact.
- Use these squads to conduct fire and maneuver.  We O/Cs took covering fire into account when it was used.
- Count up the numer of rounds you are carrying and divide by three.  Remind yourself if you fire more than that during the first two engagments you won't have enough for the final battle.
- Prepare for a lot of walking, on the order of ten miles or so.  Break in your boots ahead of time and bring a change of socks.  Get in shape too.  At fifty years old I'm no spring chicken, but I was surprised at how tough a time some of the young bucks were having.
- Safety safety safety.  Even after being told the rules, there were a few violations.
- The O/Cs did the best they could to make a call on hits.  We couldn't be everywhere and didn't see every shot.  With the multiple lives available there was no reason not to take a hit if you saw the shooter and muzzle flash.  Most everyone gets tunnel vision in combat and it's often the guy you don't see off to the side that gets you, BTW.  I had no major problems with the groups I supported, but there was some grousing.
- Lastly, don't quit.  You might be tired and cold and even out of ammunition, but there are guys in your composite unit and across the field who travelled a long way to participate.  Play to the finish.
Again, great event, and one to put on your calendar for next year.
8  Events List: North American Theater of Operations / 7th Service Command / Re: 15-17 January 2010, Battle of the Bulge Tactical, Camp Clark, Nevada, MO on: November 10, 2009, 10:11:29 PM
John and the others are spot on concerning this great tactical event.  This is one to make.  I hear tell Paul Dolle and his Arkansas krauts will be coming and they always are loaded for bear.
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