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Steiner
(@steiner_1609088194)
Illustrious Member

The address for UCAP Sandpit is:
Swanscombe Park Quarry
Roman Road
Dartford
DA2 8AH

If you are approaching from the M25 or anywhere west of that, the site entrance is a turnoff on the LEFT (north) side of the A296 Roman Road. There will be a sign saying AGS
NOTE: Make sure to keep in the right-hand lane when leaving the A2, otherwise you will be funneled off towards Bluewater.

For those who came to the Sevastopol event last year, you'll know there is a nice big building you can stay in - just bring your camp bed, etc. There are toilets and water onsite. There will be a shop selling BBs, gas, bangs and smokes. You can stay over both Friday and Saturday night, although you will need to get up and out promptly on Sunday morning, so the UCAP open day players don't have to step over you!

There will be a mandatory game and safety briefing at 9am, after which you will have about 10 minutes final prep before moving out at 9.30. Make sure you give yourself enough time to sign in, get your weapon and all your kit together and mag up. This is doubly important if you are borrowing stuff. You MUST be ready to rock'n'roll by 09:30.

The site has a gate which will be locked at certain times. Details of this, and who to call, etc, will be posted later.


You've got nothing to ein, zwei, drei, vier

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Topic starter Posted : 22/11/2012 8:12 pm




Steiner
(@steiner_1609088194)
Illustrious Member

Please note, you will need to bring your own food and drink for the day, and be able to carry it with you. There will not be an official lunch break, so eat when you can. If you're lucky, your C/O might pull your unit out of the front to give you a chance to brew up and eat. Brits operating from a fixed base may be able to leave their packs there...

But anything can happen in war. :twisted: :wink:


You've got nothing to ein, zwei, drei, vier

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Topic starter Posted : 28/02/2013 6:40 pm




(@adeuk)
Estimable Member

Remember that we paras lost most of our equipment in the drop, especially the supplies. So looks like we will have to do what they did in '41 and plunder the locals and captured Brit supplies....should we warn Bluewater?

Seriously though, as paras look daft with rucksacks and although food can be forsaken for a day , from a health point of view, guys should not be denied water ;), perhaps a situation can be written in where we have a supply drop or similar? I don't even mind that we have to capture an objective to be able to eat and drink...but others might not like that :)

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Posted : 01/03/2013 1:01 pm




Steiner
(@steiner_1609088194)
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Knockensacken have lots of pocket space, so use all that you can. However, we will see that nobody runs short of water.


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Topic starter Posted : 01/03/2013 1:41 pm




(@lardassmonkey)
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I think between pockets, breadbags and gas mask bags (if you have one) there should be enough space for food alongside ammo etc. As long as we can borrow some wine from the locals I think we'll be fine. :mrgreen:

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Posted : 01/03/2013 1:50 pm




(@adeuk)
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Cheers guys.

I know that we can and do carry more than most, and it is the water that worries me the most. Personally, I don't worry about large amounts of food and can easily carry what I need in the breadbag

I just know that from previous themed games at the Sandpit in warmer weather, given the size of that site and the pitiful capacities of Wehrmacht water bottles, carrying enough is is hard without detracting from the authentic look and can cause disruption to the game while guys have to go back and get kit etc. it was quite a problem at a Cold war game we played last year and guys were really starting to flag early afternoon.

I intend arriving Friday night and would be quite happy to drive around the site to deploy some supplies if necessary....I have a few 20ltr water cans you can use.

So my idea that we raid Bluewater is not on then ? :)

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Posted : 01/03/2013 1:57 pm




Boshman
(@boshman)
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Worry not FJ Kameraden, you will have a drop canisters with wheels and handle as per the originals. (providing you can locate it of course :whistle:). As well as containing your primary weapons, ordnance, and ammunition, there will be room for some additional water and food to be stored in it so long as you dont go overboard.

As Andy says though, try to keep the bulk of what you need in your pockets and breadbags. I find two 0.5l bottles of water fit very nicely into the FJ gasmask bag.

We will also ensure that there are water cache's at a number of locations around the site and in the vehicles. :good:

“I wanted to come to the Volga at a specific location at a specific city. By chance it carries the name of Stalin himself. So don’t think I marched there for this reason – it could carry another name – but because there is a very important goal... this goal I wanted to take – and you know – we are very modest, we have it already."
Adolf Hitler, November 1942

"Comrades, Red Army men, commanders and political workers, men and women guerrillas! It is on your perseverance, staunchness, fighting skill and readiness to discharge your duty to the country that the defeat of the German-fascist army and the liberation of the Soviet land from the Hitlerite invaders depend! We can and must clear the Soviet land of Hitlerite vermin."
Joseph Stalin, November 1942

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Posted : 01/03/2013 2:29 pm




(@adeuk)
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Cheers, I know that you guys always look after us.

By the way, be wary of those FJ gas mask bags. I am on my third one, from different manufactures and they all use zips that burst. Shame, as you say. they make great handbags.
It might just be that ours get a lot of rough use, but others have also had the same problem; poor old Andy C lost a hole wadge of pyro at the last event.
I have now partially sewn the zip, so it can only be filled from flap openong at the top, that I also secure close with a safety pin.

Loving the "cart" and the suggestion about our objectives....very Kreta :)

(and don't worry, the FJR2 trade Sumpf will be left at home and I will be in a nice plain green step in...you'll easily spot me from behind, I will be the one with the 2 foot split in the backside)

RETIRED, thanks for some truly memorable times and great people



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Posted : 01/03/2013 2:42 pm




cdfw
 cdfw
(@cdfw)
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Just ordered an FJ gas mask bag from a chap in the states which looked like a half decent copy and depending on size when it arrives was thinking about ordering something like this off ebay http://i.ebayimg.com/t/2L-Hydration-System-Water-Drinks-Bladder-Bag-Camping-Hiking-Fishing-Backpack-New-/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/$(KGrHqR,!mIFBEPhGzprBQRbsWE+0!~~60_12.JPG
With it being close to the chest it may be a lot more comfy to carry than plastic bottles about ones person..

'Non adepto demens. Adepto etiam'
War does not show who is right, only who is left..

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Posted : 01/03/2013 7:54 pm




Ian
 Ian
(@ian)
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Will a german demo bag be acceptable for carrying some extra water etc, or are these a late war item.





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Posted : 09/03/2013 12:28 pm




Boshman
(@boshman)
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Will a german demo bag be acceptable for carrying some extra water etc, or are these a late war item.

I'm sure that will be fine Ian :good:

“I wanted to come to the Volga at a specific location at a specific city. By chance it carries the name of Stalin himself. So don’t think I marched there for this reason – it could carry another name – but because there is a very important goal... this goal I wanted to take – and you know – we are very modest, we have it already."
Adolf Hitler, November 1942

"Comrades, Red Army men, commanders and political workers, men and women guerrillas! It is on your perseverance, staunchness, fighting skill and readiness to discharge your duty to the country that the defeat of the German-fascist army and the liberation of the Soviet land from the Hitlerite invaders depend! We can and must clear the Soviet land of Hitlerite vermin."
Joseph Stalin, November 1942

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Posted : 09/03/2013 12:57 pm




Hurrah
(@hurrah)
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Current plot is for me, kroot and one other to come over Friday night. So obviously any details regards time to be on site on Friday by, contacts etc will be appreciated ;)

To the tune of "Mademoiselle from Armentières"

Napoleons army ran away, As you do
The guard stood firm for Frances Pride, As you do
They said the guard will stand and die
But we heard what their Colonel cried
It wasn't pretty I tell you.


Resistance is fertile

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Posted : 15/04/2013 8:10 pm




(@adeuk)
Estimable Member

Just ordered an FJ gas mask bag from a chap in the states which looked like a half decent copy and depending on size when it arrives was thinking about ordering something like this off ebay http://i.ebayimg.com/t/2L-Hydration-System-Water-Drinks-Bladder-Bag-Camping-Hiking-Fishing-Backpack-New-/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/$(KGrHqR,!mIFBEPhGzprBQRbsWE+0!~~60_12.JPG
With it being close to the chest it may be a lot more comfy to carry than plastic bottles about ones person..

Apart from as seen in posed photos, you very seldom see the gas mask case worn on the chest. The straps also allow for it to be worn in the same manner as the standard infantry tin case and that is how you see it worn with most of the "fighting photos" . In that case, a water bottle is fine... And cheap ;) I ran some duck tape around One to make it slightly less 21st century ;)

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Posted : 15/04/2013 8:22 pm




dcheetham89
(@dcheetham89)
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I also will be coming over friday, what sort of time will you guys be getting there friday? just looking at train times, 4hrs 30 minute train journey requires coordination :D

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Posted : 15/04/2013 9:10 pm




Steiner
(@steiner_1609088194)
Illustrious Member

Will get back to you guys once we've co-ordinated it all. Watch this space.


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Topic starter Posted : 16/04/2013 7:27 am




Ramsay00105
(@ramsay00105)
Honorable Member

Let us know on the Friday night co ordination when you can as I may travel then.

I will put 20 lt water jerry can in the Land Rover so it will be available on site during the day.

15 Plt. C Coy 2 Batt. S STAFFORDS 1st Airlanding Brigade 1st Airborne Division
The Hallamshire Battalion Y&L Regiment 146 Infantry Brigade 49 Inf Division


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Posted : 16/04/2013 4:29 pm




Steiner
(@steiner_1609088194)
Illustrious Member

Thanks Ramsey.

We just need to liaise with the site co-ordinator regarding opening times, but feel free to stay on the Friday night - always good to have a chat and get to know new people.


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Topic starter Posted : 16/04/2013 4:59 pm




Ramsay00105
(@ramsay00105)
Honorable Member

Do you know if we can have open fires on site? I have broken up 2 pallets at the weekend so now have a quantity of firewood.

15 Plt. C Coy 2 Batt. S STAFFORDS 1st Airlanding Brigade 1st Airborne Division
The Hallamshire Battalion Y&L Regiment 146 Infantry Brigade 49 Inf Division


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Posted : 22/04/2013 9:21 am




(@adeuk)
Estimable Member

Steiner can confirm but i would say that its Not really the sort of place for fires.

The buildings where we stay are surrounded by hard standing ( the car park). The woodland/ fields are a fair way off . Socials are normally held in a large room that is on the second floor of a large building ( which has the rooms that we sleep in)

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Posted : 22/04/2013 4:55 pm




Steiner
(@steiner_1609088194)
Illustrious Member

Yeah, I don't think fires would be a good idea. We have a big 2-storey building to sleep / mingle in, so I don't think the cold will be an issue (unlike at Sevastopol!).


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Topic starter Posted : 22/04/2013 9:06 pm




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