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« on: November 01, 2015, 07:58:06 PM »

30 January 2016, Reconnaissance of Monte la Difensa, a Winter Hike, Camp Siman, Tiff, MO

Assemble at the Reception Center Camp Siman @ 9am hike ends when we return to the Reception Center.

Parking will be on the dam. 

$5 donation, food and hot drink after hike at the Reception Center.

This will be a five mile hike around the boundaries of Camp Siman.  Full WW II impression with weapon any Nationality any Theater. 

This hike will take place on some existing roads and trails at times we will be cutting bush, bring a machete. 

The Winter Line, Italy.1943

The initial reconnaissance of Monte la Difensa by the First Special Service Force was undertaken by the command group of Second Regiment under Colonel D.D, Williamson who's group began there exploration of Difensa's northern slopes.  Forward progress was barred by sheer cliffs, but a narrow trail was found leading to the summit that, while being quite precipitous, would be negotiable by the Forcemen if ropes could be employed. 

A further detailed reconnaissance of the northern approach was undertaken by Major Edward H. Thomas along with Assistant Intelligence Officer Finn Roll, Canadian Sergeant Tom Fenton and Sergeant Howard C. Van Ausdale both former prospectors in civilian life and the two men who would lead the assault company during the actual attack.  Thomas and his group explored as far forward on the mountain as they dared, surveying the route by which they might assail the hill.  He and his party made a total of three reconnaissances of the mountain.

The reconnaissance parties had done well, screened by a cleft in the north facing ridge was a precipice that rose almost perpendicularly for more that two-hundred feet.  The Germans considered these cliffs to be impassable to assault troops.  An attack from this direction would outflank the main defenses on Hill 960 and would carry with it the crucial element of surprise.  It was a daring plan, but after carrying out his own reconnaissance of the mountain, Frederick gave his approval.   

Monte la Difensa was taken in two hours.  For three months Fifth Army had tried to take the mountain. 

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6th Corps Living History Group  or Gary Adkins @ papajoad@20thcenturygi.com
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2015, 10:17:23 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2016, 07:38:52 PM »

Reconnaissance of Monte LA Difensa,
A Winter Hike, Camp Siman, Tiff, MO

30 January 2016

This Military Hike of Camp Siman is designed to showcase the property and to spark interest in the reenacting community.  Camp Siman will reflect the set up of a military camp with the purpose of hosting tactical events and unit training. Camp Siman will be capable of handling all types of military vehicles on many hard rock roads.  There is a large area for military vendors, food service and camping with areas being cleared for the United States, British/Commonwealth, Axis and Soviet powers.  There are planes to build four field latrines on site, with one already completed.   There is enough parking on site for up to 100 cars. 

Reconnaissance of Monte La Difensa, A winter Hike  will be @ 4-5 miles around the perimeter of Camp Simans 157 acres. Starting and ending at the Reception Center. This will be full WW II impressions, any Nationality any theater using HRS Guidelines.  If we have enough participants, there will be two planed skirmishes along the trail.  At the end, we will have hot dogs, chili, coffee and hot coco as well as some bottled water. We are asking for a $5 donation.     


https://www.facebook.com/The-Reconnaissance-of-Monte-la-Difensa-a-Winter-Hike-6th-Corps-LHG-STL-MO-1525390644448146/


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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 05:35:57 PM »

30 January 2016

Reconnaissance of Monte La Diensa, a Winter Hike, Camp Siman, Tiff, MO

Bring your blanks and be prepared for some fun.  If we have enough Axis members in attendance we will have at least two ambushes along the hike more if participants want, if we only have Allies, then we will do Red Team / Blue Team.

Washington County Maneuvers rules of engagement. 

Participants will be divided into equal teams with red and or blue armbands. 
Each ambush will have a 15 minute time limit.
The team with the most still alive after 15 minutes will be the winner. 
A whistle or air horn will start/stop the ambush
Ambush sites have been pre-selected.

https://www.facebook.com/The-Reconnaissance-of-Monte-la-Difensa-a-Winter-Hike-6th-Corps-LHG-STL-MO-1525390644448146/

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2016, 08:56:34 PM »

The Eventbrite page has been fixed:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30-january-2016-reconnaissance-of-monte-la-difensa-a-winter-hike-camp-siman-tiff-mo-tickets-19673259248

Please register so we can plan the food.

30 January 2016, Reconnaissance of Monte la Difensa, a Winter Hike, Camp Siman, Tiff, MO

Assemble at the Reception Center Camp Siman @ 9am hike ends when we return to the Reception Center.

Parking will be along Lake Shore Drive. 

$5 donation, food and hot drink after hike at the Reception Center.

This will be a five mile hike around the boundaries of Camp Siman. Full WW II impression with weapon any Nationality any Theater.

This hike will take place on some existing roads and trails at times we will be cutting bush, bring a machete.

The Winter Line, Italy.1943

The initial reconnaissance of Monte la Difensa by the First Special Service Force was undertaken by the command group of Second Regiment under Colonel D.D, Williamson who's group began there exploration of Difensa's northern slopes. Forward progress was barred by sheer cliffs, but a narrow trail was found leading to the summit that, while being quite precipitous, would be negotiable by the Forcemen if ropes could be employed.

A further detailed reconnaissance of the northern approach was undertaken by Major Edward H. Thomas along with Assistant Intelligence Officer Finn Roll, Canadian Sergeant Tom Fenton and Sergeant Howard C. Van Ausdale both former prospectors in civilian life and the two men who would lead the assault company during the actual attack. Thomas and his group explored as far forward on the mountain as they dared, surveying the route by which they might assail the hill. He and his party made a total of three reconnaissances of the mountain.

The reconnaissance parties had done well, screened by a cleft in the north facing ridge was a precipice that rose almost perpendicularly for more that two-hundred feet. The Germans considered these cliffs to be impassable to assault troops. An attack from this direction would outflank the main defenses on Hill 960 and would carry with it the crucial element of surprise. It was a daring plan, but after carrying out his own reconnaissance of the mountain, Frederick gave his approval.
Monte la Difensa was taken in two hours. For three months Fifth Army had tried to take the mountain.

For information:

6th Corps Living History Group or Gary Adkins @ papajoad@20thcenturygi.com


https://www.facebook.com/The-Reconnaissance-of-Monte-la-Difensa-a-Winter-Hike-6th-Corps-LHG-STL-MO-1525390644448146/


Bring your blanks and be prepared for some fun. If we have enough Axis members in attendance we will have at least two ambushes along the hike more if participants want, if we only have Allies, then we will do Red Team / Blue Team.
Washington County Maneuvers rules of engagement.
Participants will be divided into equal teams with red and or blue armbands.
Each ambush will have a 15 minute time limit.
The team with the most still alive after 15 minutes will be the winner.
A whistle or air horn will start/stop the ambush
Ambush sites have been pre-selected.

Directions:
From
St Louis:  Take Hwy 55 South to 61/67 to Hwy 110 to Hwy 21 south to Desoto, MO or Take Hwy 21 South from St Louis to Desoto, continue on Hwy 21 until you cross the Big River at the Washington County Line at Washington State Park.  Pass the park entrance on the right, then a gas station on the left, turn right  at Hwy CC, watch for a rock sign which looks like a castle, this is Fertile,MO, stay on Hwy CC to Hwy E follow until you see a electric sub station on your right and a large pile of red rock on your left, slow and turn left onto Rustic Road (gravel).  Stay on Rustic Road to large curve which turns into Oakland watch for gate on the left.
 Follow the "We Support our troops" signs. 

6th Corps Living History Group
St Louis, MO
https://www.facebook.com/campsimanevents/
https://www.facebook.com/6thcorpslhg/
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2016, 12:58:22 PM »

A NOTE ABOUT CAMP SIMAN:
Camp Siman is a former Tiff Mine started in the 1890s and closed in the 1970s.  152 acres of hardwood forest with bands of cedar forest, a 10 acre lake, a dam 1800 Ft. long, 60 Ft. high on the wet side and 103 Ft. high on the dry side and 60 Ft. wide on top, the spill way is 1000 Ft. long, 60 Ft. deep and 60 Ft. wide.  The road network is made of crushed rock up to three Ft. thick and 10 or more Ft. wide.  The terrain is varied from typical MO Ozark woods to moon scapes with large piles of rock of various sizes, test digs, canals, ravines and open areas.     
Work started on Camp Siman 15 months ago with the first several months spent on clearing the sides of the 1800 Ft. long dam.  Since then the work has concentrated on clearing the preexisting roads and opening up the Reception Center and the Cantonment area.  At this time we are set up to host almost any type of event.  Once we have a couple of events to raise some funds the road improvements will be complete and we will be able to traverse the entire property with any type of vehicle, Military and POV. 
For the year 2015, we hosted four events, the Teaser Tactical, two open houses and one training day, each event was free and open to all.  Each event was advertised as open to all impressions regardless of Nationality or Theatre of Operations. 
Camp Siman is primitive, NO utilities of any kind, we do have one pit toilet finished with three more planed in the upcoming year. We have 152 acres of land divided into five Ranges each @ 30 acres or so.  The Reception Center is open air, NO buildings of any kind, except the pit toilet.  A storage shed is planned for this year as well as a HQ building in the German camp.   The Reception Center is designed to accommodate any Vendors, S&A, Registration and Field kitchen as well as a large common fire pit area surrounded with benches and a cook area as well as a BBQ pit.  We use military style flys and all types of tents when appropriate.  As the Reception Center is multipurpose you will find nonmilitary items as this area is administrative and not meant to be period correct.   
The Containment area is divided into four sites, US, British/Commonwealth, Axis powers and the Soviet Union.  To date the US camp is 90% complete, British/Commonwealth is at 50%, Axis Powers @ 40% and soviet @ 25%.  Each site for now has a burn barrel with future planes to build a large stone fire ring in each camp using the plentiful natural stone on site.  The US camp can accommodate up to two GP medium tents with room for many more types at the same time.  Camping is available for most events if requested in advance or if planned as part of the event. 
Parking for small events will be along Lake Shore Drive which will accommodate up to twenty vehicles, large attendance will necessitate the use of the dam which will accommodate up to 80 cars, a small parking lot is planed near the crossroads which will hold up to 20 vehicles planning to be cleared this year.   
Camp Siman will for now only host WW II Events with the hope of adding WWI, Viet Nam and Air soft in the future.  If other time periods are interested we will consider.  All Events are fundraisers for the improvements at Camp Siman. 
Camp Siman Events and 6th Corps LHG STL MO has one philosophy; we are here to have a good time.  All participation impressions are to be historically correct and we follow all HRS and FSSF 6-3 Rules and Regulations as well as those of 6th Corps LHG STL MO and Local, State and Federal laws were applicable. 
Please support and attend our events and help make Camp Siman Events, Tiff, MO one of the destination sites for our hobby. 
Thank you,
S/SGT Adkins, First Special Service Force 6th CO-3rd REG HRS, Commanding
Secretary, 6th Corps Living History Group, St Louis, MO
Manager and Event Site Coordinator for Camp Siman Events, Tiff, MO
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