RSA is to conduct an immersive tactical event set in Greece 1941 during the German Invasion – Operation Marita. The event is to be hosted at the Mount Crawford state forest for the weekend of 5 -7 July 2013. Mount Crawford state forest is located about 1.5 hours (60km) drive from the Adelaide CBD.
The event is set in the forested foot hills which overlook the Corinth Canal. The event commences on 25th April 1941 – the German Army is advancing from Athens towards the Corinth Canal. Hitler calls in the Fallschirmjäger to take the bridge across the canal but in the early morning commencement of the assault, one glider is separated en-route after its tow JU-52 is hit by AA fire. The glider crashes into the forest leaving a squad of Fallschirmjäger stranded and disorientated.
The commonwealth forces, comprising of Australian, UK and NZ units are fighting a delaying rear guard action and trying to hold the German forces from crossing the canal, buying time for a complete withdrawal to the island of Crete.
This year, we are implementing forward tactical camps. Both Allied and Axis forces will have a forward camp area, whose location is held secret from the enemy. A long term objective of the weekend will be to determine the location of the enemy base with advantages in later scenarios. Although you are encouraged to participate to get the most out of the weekend, those who do not wish to participate in full immersion tactical are catered for with a central camp site, shed and facilities.
The battles will be conducted in a fully immersive sense. Each squad leader will be given orders via the event coordinator. How they carry out those orders is up to them. Note that both sides do not know the orders of the opposing side. The orders given will result in a huge variety of tactical encounters including patrols, ambushes, set piece attacks on a position, defence of positions and withdrawal from combat.
This year we will have both battle objectives and overall objectives to achieve by the end of the weekend.
Suitable impressions for this event are exclusively infantry from the following:
- ALLIES: Aus, UK or NZ
- AXIS: Heer, Fallschirmjäger
A reminder that this is an early war event (1941) and hence uniforms, weapons and equipment must reflect this period.
Each year, Re-enact SA conducts a series of private, public and ceremonial events. See below and the Photo Gallery for more details:
Experience Second World War combat first hand. Lie in wait to ambush the enemy, attack and overrun a strong point, defend a strategic position, lie in roadside ditches as enemy armour rumbles passed. When the action starts however, be ready, the noise of blanks, gas firing machine guns and confusion of battle will quickly transport you back in time and you'll be in the thick of it, so keep your head down!
As the name suggests these events are held purely for the experience of reenactors. With events structured around historical battles, the unit commanders of each side are given their orders, each has no idea of the whereabouts or objectives of the other, and combat is as unpredictable as it is exciting. The use of vehicles, weapons and tactics is up to the leader and the outcome of each battle will depend on the strategic deployment of their troops.
Other Private Events
Some examples of other private events are given below:
Training - throughout the year, the club will meet to provide unit training in order to teach historic combat tactics, in order to get more out of the tactical events.
Film Work - we recently supplied actors, extras, uniforms and equipment for a short film by Red Raven Films.
Driver Training - Learning to drive pieces of WWII armour (Bren Gun Carriers) on private property is always a hoot, especially with the obstacle course.....
Christmas Party - each year the club meets for its break up event. A good chance to socialise with other members and celebrate the year.
Public events are aimed at providing education displays and battle reenactments for the public as well as providing interested members of the public an avenue to learn more about the club. With accurate uniforms, weapons, equipment, campsites and vehicles, this provides the public an insight into the life of the common soldier during WWII on both sides. Often these displays are held in conjunction with other historical displays e.g. airshow.
The events can be a simple static display, or involve a simulated combat engagement. The battles are scripted and often choreographed with large pyrotechnic displays which are not possible with private events. Due to the nature of public displays, combat simulation must be modified to suit the display area and to provide a better viewing experience for the public.
RSA has also visited high school history classes, with uniforms, vehicles and equipment to provide exciting and interactive lessons and stories from the front.
If you believe RSA could contribute to an event you are hosting, please get in contact with us here: Contact.
Upcoming Public Events
Old Reynella Festival of History, Saturday 9 March - Sunday 10 March 2013
Re-enact SA will be conducting a simulated battle featuring period uniforms, weapons, vehicles and equipment. Also check out the period encampment. A huge collection of other history related groups will be on site, conducting a mass parade through the town and putting on their own displays. Website under development: Festival of History 2013.