Welcome to the 11th Annual WW II Reenactment here in Tidioute ,PA. New for this year will be MARKET GARDEN 1944, Nijmegen Bridge. This is part of the 75th Anniversary of this historic battle. A Bridge Too Far. 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 Kameradschaft between each respective unit. Let us show the public through out actions, displays, impressions, 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
1. The Borough of Tidioute and Limestone Township, Pennsylvania 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 township and private property owners as we will be living and fighting through citizen’s backyards and businesses.
2. Only military salutes will be used. This is not the time or place to display Nazi party salutes. No Nazi party salutes will be tolerated.
3. The camping area is designated as a no alcohol area by the town and township.
4. If any person(s) causes problems, the State Plice will be called and that individual, or unit will not be part of this event again.
5. Event participants must be a minimum age of 16 years old.
6. Any combatant aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
2. AUTHENTICITY STANDARDS
1. Uniforms and equipment should be of “mid war” impression. Wehrmacht troops fighting on the Western front; Herr Infanterie . Feldpolizie, Waffen SS ,Volksgrenadier, Luftwaffe, Falschirmjager etc., for Sept 1944.
a) Uniforms and equipment will be quality reproductions or original items, worn correctly representing the correct arm of service.
b) Black panzer crew uniforms are to be worn ONLY by individuals operating in an armored vehicle, not vehicles such as trucks.
c) Correct uniform patterns can be wool or HBT.
d) Camouflage; Herr :Splinter A” or “Tan and Water”, SS or Luftwaffe “SplinterB”
e) No Italian camouflage
f) No DAK uniforms or impressions
g) No Swiss wool conversion uniform
2. Hair and facial hair:
a) This is a public event. At a minimum, hair cuts should resemble a taper without hair toucking either the ears or field jacket collar.
b) No Beards of any type
c) Facial hair should be no more than one day’s growth. There will be a 1 to 2 day maximum limit.
d) Moustaches, if worn, will be neatly trimmed and not extend below the upper lip
a) Must represent those used by Wehrmacht soldiers of proper rank and position during WW II
b) Weapons should represent those of German issue. ( the norm, not the execption) Soviet , British and US weapons are exceptions and are not acceptable.
c) Each weapon must be clean, and in safe working order.
4. Camp/display areas in addition to personal items.
a) All visible items in the camp /display area must represent both the 1940's and German Army.
b) Any non period items should be hidden away, especially while public spectators are in the camps.
III. SAFETY GUIDELINES
1. It is the duty of each unit member to help provide a safe enviroment for their fellow reenactors or public spectators during the event.
2. The influence of alcohol is a safety risk to everyone involved and is just cause for removal from the event.
3. All weapons will be on safe unless the order, given by a superior, to remove it.
4. NO live ammunition will be brought to the event.
5. All blank ammo is subject to inspection, by the event coordinators and staff.
6. Never discharge a weapon within 15 feet of a target.
7. Participants must b at least 16 years old, and the presence of an adult to handle a live weapon.
8. Never attach a Bayonet to a rifle during any of the battles.
9. Ear plugs (flesh type) are permitted.
10. Anyone not feeling well or who has sustained an injury shall report thier condition as soon as possible, so appropriate treatment can be given to event staff.
11. Prior to any event, make sure enough water and sustenance is packed” authentically” to help prevent dehydration and exhaustion. Keep canteens full or carry extras.
12 . HELMETS must be worn by all personnel for the tactical and public bridge battle.