British Paratrooper Authenticity
Para Helmet (any style) (Berets not to be worn in combat)
Scrim net with Scrim
Denison Smock with appropriate wings and shoulder flashes
Sniper veil worn as a neck scarf
Battledress tunic with appropriate insignia worn.
P37 webbing KG3 Blanco'd
Basic front pouches
Bayonet w frog
Smallpack (with ground sheet or rain cape rolled under flap)
Entrenching tool (worn centered on the rear or person)
Light weight respirator
.303 bandoleer slung
Brit Para trousers
British ammo boots
Auxiliary Bren gun pouches (if No.2 on bren gun)
Stengun bandoleer (if Section Commander or higher)
Spare Bren gun Barrel (if No. 2 on bren gun)
Spare parts kit bren gun (if carrying a bren gun)
Mortar spare parts kit (if carrying a 2 inch mortar para version)
2: (Walking out)
Battle dress jacket (no denison smock as this was not worn walking out as it is combat clothing)
Paratrooper trousers or normal Battledress trousers
Belt KG3 blanco'd
Ankle weights (optional if wearing ankle boots)
Anklets (optional if wearing ankle boots)
Ankle boots or short black boots (oxfords)
Swagger stick (optional)
Wear Denison smock while walking out.
Wearing Maroon berets in combat (unless wanting to be shot by a sniper)
When wearing walking out trousers and jacket are not ironed or without front and rear crease in trousers.
Just have basic webbing; carry as much kit as possible (You are a paratrooper and have to be self sufficient)
Bridge at Remagen Tactical System
Event Rules, Authenticity, and Safety: All American Units
This is the 11th year for Tidioute’s WW II Reenactment. New this year will be MARKET GARDEN, HOLLAND, its 75th Anniversary. As living historians and reenactors, let us remember the following: This event is for the residents of Tidioute Pa. and visitors who travel from other areas to see our displays and watch the battle. We shall offer them courteous and professional behavior; and cooperation between each respective unit. Let us show the public though our actions, display, impression, and authenticity, the overall pride we take in being their links to history.
As Unit Commanders, it is your responsibility to make sure each person under your charge complies with the guidelines listed below.
1. EVENT RULES
a.) The Borough of Tidioute and Limestone Township, Pa. are inviting us to use both township and private property to make this reenactment come true. With this in mind, we ask every unit and its members, to be courteous to both the township and private property owners as we will be living and fighting through citizen’s backyards and businesses.
b.) The camping area is designated as a no alcohol area by the town and township.
c.) If any person(s) cause problems, the State Police will be notified and that individual, or unit, will not be part of this event again.
d.) Event participants must be a minimum age of 16 years old. NO EXCEPTIONS . Also any combatant aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
e.) To stay historically correct cannot have partisans of any type.
f.) Period rank structure per the MARKET GARDEN Battles will be maintained throughout the event.
2. AUTHENTICITY STANDARDS
a.) The impression of all American Infantry, Armored Infantry, Rangers, Paratroopers, Engineers, Medical and Armored/Vehicle personnel will be that of September 1944.
b.) Division patches do not matter for this event. Units must meet basic uniform requirements. All uniforms are to be either HBT or wool design. M1941 or M1943 field jackets only.
c.) Helmets with correct WWII paint & hardware ( No Vietnam or modern hardware /paint)
d.) Boots brown period reproduction, 43 design and leggings are OK. (No work or black combat boots)
e.) Haversack 1928 with shovel, 10 pouch cartridge belt, canteen is mandatory, and medical pouch.
Also musette bags are fine for use
f.) M1 Garand is encouraged for all riflemen. M1 carbines for vehicle personnel are ok. Other weapons full auto, and semi- auto machine guns, propane operated are ok. ATF paperwork must be in order. Engineering equipment, mortars and smoke grenades are ok.
g.) All WWII period military vehicles are welcome. Vehicles will be limited for the bridge battle .For the morning tactical, vehicles maybe unlimited. Depends on registration. Vehicles with attached heavy weapons will have priority. NO post war jeeps, i.e. CJ’s or after 1946. Armor is welcome, contact for more details. Register early for vehicle battle placement. We can unload any vehicle in Tidioute at our ramp.
h.) MANDATORY AUTHENTICITY INSPECTION 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. No Exceptions! Be on time!
I.) No long hair or beards, hair cut per military standards, 2 days beard ok. No jewelry on face or ear.
3. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
a.) No live ammo of any type allowed at this event. Violators will leave the event immediately. Includes vendors. Blank ammo will be inspected by host unit.
b.) No weapons shall be discharged directly at anyone closer than 15 feet. No point blank firing at any person, it will not be tolerated.
c.) Be cautious with smoke grenades, they are a fire hazard in brushy and wooded areas.
d.) It is the duty of each unit member to help provide a safe environment for their fellow reenactors or public spectators during any event.
e.) Bayonets must be kept in scabbards at all times. No bayonets allowed on rifles.
f.) Full canteens must be carried by all soldiers for both battles. Unit commanders are responsible for the health of their men.
g.) HELMETS must be worn for both battles, and event passes are to be displayed at Saturday 8:00 a.m. inspection.
h. All combat troops must be in proper uniform for both battles.
I.) In the event of medical emergencies, sickness, and injuries please notify event host unit, so emergency personnel can be dispatched if they are needed. Also in extreme situations 911 is the areas telephone emergency number.
Photographers: All photographers must register with 99th Headquarters . To be included in battle scenarios, all photographers must be in either infantry HBT or wool uniforms. Helmets must be worn. Modern cameras should be camouflaged. Passes are required. No civilians allowed on battlefields.
Professional Photographers and Movie Companies--- must pay a registration fee of 100.00 to participate in the Bridge at Nijmegen event. This also applies to drone camara systems. As host unit we have the rights to all that is used for your company of our event.
OBJECTIVE: To capture as many Panzer (grey) or Sherman (green) tanks as possible, in the allotted time period. Tactical will start at 8:30a.m. and end at 10:30a.m. Aerial bursts will start and end the battles. Or it may end if all tanks are captured. There are 5 tanks for both sides. Tanks are made of a 8/12x11 paper envelope.
Aerial photos are provided for all unit commandeers, showing the locations for the objectives for both the German leaders and G.I. leaders. (5 tanks each )
The tanks will be posted on trees, buildings, or hang from bushes.
Inside the tank envelope will be a point value, and a number for casualty hits. Plus special squad leader instructions.
When tank is captured, 2 points, or more are awarded for either the German or G.I. companies. All German troops work as one unit. All G.I. troops work as one unit. Points will be tallied for all in each combat company unit. There may be additional instructions for squad leaders in tank envelope. G.I.'s capture grey panzers, Germans capture green Shermans. Combat teams cannot capture opposing teams tank.
Captured tanks must be taken to command vehicle. Vehicle to be designated at officers meeting on Friday evening. When the captured tank is delivered to command vehicle the points are doubled. Only one or more infantry men can deliver the captured tank to the command vehicle. If a vehicle captures the tank then it must be delivered by foot to command vehicle. No jeeps, motorcycles, or armored vehicles can deliver a captured tank to the command vehicle.
Casualties: Inside each tank envelope will be a number for casualty hits. Immediately after opening tank envelope squad leader, must designate casualties from his squad. They must remove helmet and report to medic aid station. Medic will give instructions to wounded soldier.
Medical: Medic station is located on map, and is neutral territory. At least one German and at least one G.I. medic will be posted at the station. (Red cross flag will fly at post)
Wounded must show their event dog tag, and give name, rank, and serial number, and unit to medic. Medic will give instructions. Additional points can be awarded if wounded obey medics instructions.
NO MOVING OR HIDING OF OTHER TEAMS TANK OBJECTIVES PLAY FAIR.
Public Information / Spectators
Camps are open to public on Friday evening and on Saturday from about 11:00 till 2:00 p.m., and also after the battle, on Sat.
Camp grounds are located just down river of the bridge, with plenty of ample parking. There are military vendors located at the camp where souvenirs and collectibles may be purchased. Small lunches and sandwiches may be purchased at an authentic military field kitchen, located on camp grounds.
Just as the battle begins on Sat. there will be German civilians, carrying their most valuable possessions, retreating through the town and crossing the bridge. As per the original battle. We believe there are no other reenactments that show what German civilians did during this battle or any other battle.
All veterans of all Wars are invited and we have a large viewing area with seats and shade. The shaded area is reserved for our older veterans. Special parking for handicap persons and veterans. Water is provided for veterans and toilets are on site. This area is located at Buckingham and King street, close by the bridge.
The Tidioute bridge closes to the public at 2:00 p.m. REOPENS at 4:00 p.m. This is to prepare the bridge for the pyrotechnics.
Tidioute is a small town located on the banks of the Allegheny River. The town very closely resembles Remagen Germany. The river is 500ft wide, the Rhine River is 700 ft wide. Both bridges are steel girder construction. The woods, mountains, and ravines of Tidioute are almost a perfect match for the Remagen area.
We are expecting between 250 and 300 reenactors. There will be dozens of military vehicles, including both German and U.S. armor. Halftracks, tanks etc.
The battle in town is very up close with the public being only yards away, or you may watch across the river on a hill just off Route 62.
The battle starts in Tidioute, the bridge is blown after German troops retreat, and ends on the other side the river, with the capture of the bridge, and surrender of the Germans. Parking in Tidioute is limited to on street parking or wherever you may find it. There are a few small restaurants located in Tidioute.There are commercial motels located in Warren Pa. Located about 15 miles north of Tidioute on rt. 62.
NO DRONES AT THE CAMPING OR PUBLIC BATTLE. This is for public safety. NO PUBLIC CAMPING ALLOWED AT THE MILITARY CAMP OR PARKING AREA
PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE: Please stay behind all safety yellow barricade tape and ropes. Armor vehicles have blind spots and cannot see you or your children if you are in the street. Do not pick up any spent brass blank cartridges until after the battle. They get very hot. Please obey all FIRE AND POLICE PERSONNEL.
Any questions feel free to call; Patrick Tarasovitch 814-825-2068 or 814-490-3377