Axis Unit Information
Updated for the 2019 Event
Event Rules, Authenticity, and Safety: All Axis Units
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. 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.


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.


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.

Bridge at Remagen Tactical System  
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.



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.


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

Any questions feel free to call; Patrick Tarasovitch 814-825-2068 or 814-490-3377