Saturday 10th and Sunday the 11th July 2010.
This event was held at IED’s 700 acre Glen Ceiriog in North Wales.
Having taken a pounding in the battles around Caen and the D-Dday Beachheads, mixed elements of SS Panzer and Heer troops are taking a well earned weekend rest to refit and re-arm, in the Cherbourg Peninsula. Hidden away in the woods, they are tasked with some light training, and ensuring that the French locals do not cause any trouble. They have a good set up, sleeping in proper tents for the first time in a month, with good food and warms fires, and not under constant threat of attack. For a few days it seems that the fortunes of war have turned in their favour.
Unknown to the Germans, their location has been found by some of the elite Jedburgh teams, who have been living behind the lines since before D-Day. Ruthless, resourceful and able to live of the land for months, these tough troops have no intention of letting the enemy recuperate. Hit and run is their chosen speciality, and it is not long before they can pose a real threat even in small numbers.
You will operate from a fixed base, with tents, warm beds, vehicles, and hot brews a-plenty. No sleeping in foxholes for you. The event will run for the full 24 hours, although you will be tasked into squads and rotated to ensure that you all get some good periods of rest. The event will continue until all the Allies are caught, and they have the options of attacking at any point during the duration. Therefore the traditional Saturday night piss up is not on the cards, although sitting round some warm camp fires with small bottles of schapps may be in order. You will run the risk of attack at all times, you will not be able to drop your guard.
We are going for a more period look than previously, so you will need a period style tent, either zelts, large canvas or pup (or a mate you can share with). No modern nylon tents at all, and no gas cookers, please bring esbits or spirit cookers or cook on the open fire. Modern sleeping bags & bivi bags are ok as long as they are hidden inside your tent arrangement. CiA has tentage to lend out, please ask if you need it.
Uniform is Feldgrau/HBT, Cammo smocks etc ok. No weapons limitation other than standard CiA rules.
Jedburgh Teams, working in squads of three
You will operate with what you can carry on your back. You will need to be physically fit and competent at navigating around 700 acres. The event is mentally more than physically punishing, do not underestimate this. Your missions will be given to you in the run up, and you may not necessarily start in one large group. You will have to live off the land, picking up supplies of extra food and ammunition from caches. With luck you may find some parachute containers with some warm sleeping bags….. if you get caught you could end up sitting in a German prison for a numbers of hours.
Minimum requirements are a compass (modern is fine), some form of shelter, zelt or rubberised Brit poncho, and a modern sleeping bag. If you want some kip during the night you will need to construct a shelter.
Uniform can be any appropriate British or US or Civvy along with a Denison. No weapons limitation other than standard CiA rules.
SAS Teams – working in squads of four
You will have the relative luxury of tentage and be in a safe enough location to have the ability to build fires and keep warm and well fed. You are in enemy territory so you are not living in luxury, your encampment isn’t permanent and it isn’t home from home. But you won’t have it quite as hard as the Jeds.
Uniform can be any appropriate British kit for SAS and can be mixed dress (interspersed with U.S items, even the odd bit of civvy). No weapons limitation other than standard CiA rules.