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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Kermit » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:25 pm

As promised (threatened?) the full version. Even though I *still* havent got my arse in gear and sorted out all the kit yet :lol:

Thanks to all those who attended. We knew it was going to be a tall order for the SAS and the Jed's, and you boys came through. We also knew that it was going to be a slog for the Germans. It's bloody difficult to keep your attention focused when you're searching a vast area for a small number of people.

For me there are several things that stand out.

1: Watching the guys building the MG & Mortar pit, and the RDF bunker. You did a great job of it all - and you can't really get more "in the zone" than doing what they did back in the War: dig holes that would only be used for a short amount of time!

2: Interogating prisoners. Some lovely false names were given (I had to stop myself from laughing when Martin gave the "R Sole" joke), and it was all taken in the manner it was intended to be (thankfully!). Was bloody good to see those Jed's that had been hanging off their chinstraps on Saturday night still giving it 100% on the Sunday morning.

3: The German camp not only looked bloody good, but everyone cleared up their own rubbish leaving the area looking almost untouched. Good drills there! :)

4: The amount of kit that was brought by many people, who generously allowed others to use it - particularly the vehicles!

5: People followed orders - no matter how mundane and boring. You got into the spirit of it, and from an organisers point of view, its really satisfying to see that happen!

It's fair to say that this has been the most physically and mentally demanding event that CiA have yet run, Congrats to all who attended for seeing it through.
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby slick63 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:43 pm

Sounds like you chaps really raised the bar with this event :good: . Is this the way all CIA events will go in the future, or was this a one off ? 8)
(and CW, what are you doing with my beloved Jenny as your avatar ? :wink: )
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Sgt.Heide » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:48 pm

Slick, hopefully, we'll do something similar in the future, maybe with the roles of the sides reversed. For now, I think it's nice to reflect in hindsight how tough Jedburgh was and what a sense of achievement people seem to have taken from it.

Devil's Hill will be challenging too but, in a different kind of way and not as "full on".
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Chomley-Warner » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:54 pm

Its MY beloved Jenny.

No, CiA events won't all be as hard core a this but this isn't a one off but a proof of concept for sure. We have been working up to this from day one and chuffed to bits how well it went and was received. But out of consideration to player's health :lol: future events we be a mix of physical and mental effort within the distinctive CiA package - getting past the fancy dress and toy guns and into the mindset of a 1940's soldier.
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby rifleman6925 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:13 pm

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Kermit wrote:You were unlucky. I'd just come up from the Jerry camp with a wagon full of troops in order to carry out a sweep further up the site. It was only when you got spotted that we piled in.

Heh, that was aaaaaages after first contact! First reports came back of contact to the south of HQ and a larger squad went back to first contact point. No info came back while I was in camp. After a while I gathered a couple of vehicles full of men and we set out a line on the middle road in the wooded area. Patrolled for the road twenty mins or so. No movement seen either down to the bottom road or up to the bottom road. Decided to extend a line to clear northwards through the trees from middle road to top road. Got halfway and it was clear no one of consequence was there. Returned to middle road.

Jamie drove up with orders from CO, who by this time was on the top road, to sweep up northwards to him. I sent Jamie back with a negative, area already swept and we would sweep downwards to the bottom road instead. Very slowly we tracked down from the old Churchill's German camp until we were onto the bottom road. Then noticed movement on our left - a column of men moving up on the edge of the forest tree line. Definitely allies - bergens and radio packs. I'd been seen unsurprisingly, I didn't make any effort to hide our presence, we were trying to dominate the area not set sneaky ambushes! One of allies waves to me. Rather shocked I called up the next man to me and asked him to confirm what I'd seen. Enemy waves to me again. :shock:

I move back behind a tree and call troops in - explain enemy seen and we are to move at a pace diagonally to try and make up ground and hit them before they reach the road. Running hell for leather (and arse over tit) we track them up to the road where they bunched up clearly not wanting to beak cover across the road. Open fire, enemy run across the road as Kermit arrives in transport, we now have two prisoners while the transport group crash into the woods to follow up. Hopefully the CO was still on the top road and intercepted enemy crossing the road to the SAS base. Extract prisoners on foot and in transport, return to base to gloat. :twisted:


Yes thats right, as we chased the Jeds up to the road we shouted "Halt" which alerted our transport group at the top of the road and also spurred the Jeds to run across the road. Due to them all carrying full packs they were bloody knackered and two Jeds took cover just off the road. Whilst my fellow Germans were advancing and keeping the Jeds heads down I flanked left and took aim next to a tree on our side of the road and give full auto from my MP44 which took out the 1st Jed. Not having a great view of the 2nd Jed I ran onto the road to get a better view however I was spotted and he began to fire but his view was blocked by a bush so I waited until he stopped firing and stepped right and opened up on him, down went the 2nd Jed, I then shouted cease fire to my group who went forward with myself and took control of the prisoners. As our group stood on the road with the prisoners another German patrol gave chase on the surviving Jeds but it became apparent that they were taking fire and I could see one German wounded about 30m to my front and could hear others calling for a medic. After having a breather I decided to medic the German to my front. I reached his position applied bandage and set off to medic a 2nd German further to the left when I recieved a burst of fire by a Jed not more than 10m away under a tree. Down I went hit in the arm where I was promptly mediced by my collegue. Knowing the position of the Jed I got up giving his location a burst of fire, down went Jed number 3 who was disarmed and sent to the road to join the other captives. As we set off to the other wounded German my collegue infront of me took hits from another Jed under a tree not more than 10m to our front/left so I took cover behind a tree and fired on his position hitting him in the head (sorry). This prisoner was pointed out to Guy who dealt with him and had him escorted to the road where he and the other captives were transported for interrogation. Us Germans that had,nt gone back to base via transport then patrolled back to base as it was apparent that we had been fogotten about as the officers now had something to play with lol.
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Fandanglos » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:32 pm

BedsnHerts wrote:You were certainly a very hospitable captor (and the only German who went to the trouble of actually speaking german :good: ) Then you spoiled it all by politely asking me to sit with my hands on my head,


:lol: What can I say...I was taught German by polite people. I'll work on removing the pleasantries next time.
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Lardassmonkey » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:52 pm

Right finally I get the chance to do this, I been trying all day but keep getting distracted.

A big thankyou to all the organisers for a cracking event. This probably has to rank top of the list of all the events I've been to, and thats saying alot as there have been some corkers. It clearly took alot of effort (as well as balls) to run one like this but you pulled it off brilliantly.

Thanks to the Germans for making the whole thing look and feel very authentic, but without being too harse to us prisoners. I did try to make some friends with the guards by offering them sweets, one of whom accepted (Guy/Seidler) who allowed me to relax my stress position some what (as did Carl) but made me turn around when he noticed we watching the German movements withing the camp.

Thanks also Josh and Dai for leading us out of the enemies grasp to saftey just before the end, Pete for the ration pack (which I still owe him for, Webby for the webbing loan (which I still have), grenades (which i still owe him for :oops: ) and ammo loan.

The slog through the 'world of spikes' felt like the worst part of the weekend at the time. However looking back it helped us to gel as a team and seems worth it now as it put the rest of the event into perspective, you have to take the good with the bad. Plus we did eventually find all three supply caches- even if I did get all my pyro (and one of my own smokes) taken away after capture. If I had them sunday I would have been very tempted to use them in the mortar. :( My actually worst part was my nights sleep, I got bugger all as I kept waking up freezing despite piling on layers and feeling toasty only to wake up a while later feeling cold again. I even rebuilt my shelter at 2am as I'd had enough- to no avail.

On the ammo usage front I got through about 3000 rounds. However 2700 was on one rabbit when I knocked the bag down a rabbit hole during a frantic reload. :oops: The remainder was about 250 during that engagement (see below) and about 50 during the attack on the German camp.

Edit- must have been about 350, I'd forgetten about the first engagment/ambush.

It certainly was a damn tough weekend and I've not been so tired in a long time but it was well worth the effort. Same again this weekend? :mrgreen:

Then noticed movement on our left - a column of men moving up on the edge of the forest tree line. Definitely allies - bergens and radio packs. I'd been seen unsurprisingly, I didn't make any effort to hide our presence, we were trying to dominate the area not set sneaky ambushes! One of allies waves to me. Rather shocked I called up the next man to me and asked him to confirm what I'd seen. Enemy waves to me again. :shock:


Its the 3rd engagement you're talking about there Dave. That was Myself, Martin, Ed(wildfire) and Steve (R arty). We'd broken contact with the enemy in the second engagment during which webby & Steiner had been captured and gone to ground for a while. Once we were convinced we weren't being followed we decided to head for the SAS base before it got dark and we couldn't see where we were going. We'd just cut in from the edge of the wood as we felt exposed we we were distracted by movement behind us. This turned out to be a couple of locals out for an evening strole. Upon turning around I saw movement ahead (you in your big hat) and we realised we'd been spotted. It was Steve who waved at you, and he said someone waved back. :slap:

The ground was too open to go to ground, we were wary of going back after just escaping the enemy behind us and with the fence to our left we had only one option- go right towards the road. We tried to move as fast as possible but by that stage we were about knackered so it wasn't very fast. Just as we aproached the road a vehicle full of Germans appeared from the right and we took cover as it sped past without spotting us. We pushed up to the road to see it had stopped some 200m up the road by another vehicle and the troops debused into the trees on the otherside of the road. With you behind us we didn't have time to waste so we just legged it across the road as you opened fire.

Martin & Steve decided to make their stand at the roadside whilst I shouted to head for the thicker cover further into the wood, but only Ed followed. Myself & Ed managed to reach the thicker undergrowth where we held out for a little while taking a few of the enemy with us. I did consider carrying on up the hill as I could see Germans trying to flank us and with the adrenalin pumping I felt I could keep going but opted to stay and not abandon my comrades. I managed to get Sean & Gavin as they came around behind me and Ed & myself 2 or 3 Germans that came up on my right (including Kermit I think and obviously Rifleman from his account above) and possibly 1 on on the left before Ed was hit on my left and 3 SS moved in from that direction. I got the first guy but the second hit me with a burst across the forehead and I went down. Guy then appeared from behind me to capture me and I was escorted down to the road to picked up by a vehicle, passing an unfortunate Ed who didn't get the luxury of a ride to the German camp.

I took cover behind a tree and fired on his position hitting him in the head (sorry).


Not worries, it was a good shot. They all hit my hat in a nice line across my forehead. :slap:
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby BedsnHerts » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:11 pm

Much has been made of the waving incident.

It's an indication of how fooked we all were by then. We desperately wanted to find some friendlys. Seeing a bloke in a green cap and knowing that Pete wears a green cap we put 2 and 2 together and made 22. I didn't see who waved but I definitely saw someone wave back :whistle:

I could pretend that Steve and I made our last stand in an effort to give the rest of the squad more time to escape, but that would be a lie. By that point I'd have preferred having Kermit wire a car battery to my knackers than run up another fekkin hill carrying the Mother of all Bergens.
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Kermit » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:17 pm

BedsnHerts wrote: By that point I'd have preferred having Kermit wire a car battery to my knackers than run up another fekkin hill carrying the Mother of all Bergens.


Don't think for a second that the thought hadn't entered my mind of attaching a field telephone to certain parts of certain individuals then cranking the magneto over. Sadly, however, it was pointed out that people might object :lol:

Plus, it wouldn't be right to torture an Officer. The same can't be said of the enlisted men though :twisted:
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Lardassmonkey » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:27 pm

We desperately wanted to find some friendlys. Seeing a bloke in a green cap and knowing that Pete wears a green cap we put 2 and 2 together and made 22. I didn't see who waved but I definitely saw someone wave back


Yes I was desperately hoping it was the SAS led by Steve & Stu coming to our rescue. I can't tell you how much my heart sank when I saw the white trim of a peaked cap.


Plus, it wouldn't be right to torture an Officer. The same can't be said of the enlisted men though


And Ed thought it would be a good idea to be low ranking and unimportant. Clearly that nearly backfired! :shock: My aim was to try to be interesting enough to be worth keeping alive (hence the notebook/officer rank) but not interesting enough to warrant special treatment (only a 2nd Lt and saying nothing). Made no difference in the end though!
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Chomley-Warner » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:36 pm

Lardassmonkey wrote:...and he said someone waved back. :slap:

It would have been impolite not to. I watched the walkers walk by (well I guessed none of you would be wearing bright red). Hey, the Jeds are a man down - Webby and Andy copped it first, Stu and Stephen legged it, Rich, Martin, Ed and Steve in a group - who is missing and where?

Gawd, we well and truly boxed you in - by luck timing-wise. HS & Slippy took the furthest/longest option to evade and succeeded.
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Postby Lardassmonkey » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:54 pm

Paul/ Wraith. Got blown up in the first firefight & was captured moving to the RV.
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Chomley-Warner » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:57 pm

Ah yes, all accounted for. We haven't left one behind then!
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby rifleman6925 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:59 pm

You Jeds went down fighting I will give you that but with the amount of Germans coming into the area you were all doomed lol. On my part getting four kills on my first engagement made my day, right place right time to be honest. The allies did a great job, its not easy humping kit around and then having to try and get out of a contact situation, I know. The terrain did,nt help either but you all stuck with it and played the game. Thanks.
A great job at the start of the Operation as us Germans were waiting and waiting, sending patrols out and setting up O.P,s with no sightings and no noise to give up your position. We were all wondering in which direction you were going to attack. It was only when we had the first contact did we learn of the area you were in and that was when us Germans concentrated our efforts in that area and obviously getting results.
The next day the patrol I was in chased down a SAS/Jed patrol but due to one of their party sustaining a leg injury we had to quit the chase and get the prisoner back to the camp. With 2 Germans helping the prisoner back the remaining 3 of us were not enough to take on the Allied patrol so we let them slip away (typical, we were that close to nabbing ya lol).
Later on an Allied ambush northwards took out a few Germans so I was tasked to sweep through the area behind the mortar and radar pit. Being the end man on the left and due to the terrain it was,nt long before I lost sight of my right hand man and due to the density of the area I was,nt really expecting to find any enemy. I was bloody surprised when a SAS member belonging to Josh,s team walked out infront of me about 10m away. We both fired a hastily burst at each other before diving into cover and with no hits a short skirmish took place with the SAS taking the first hit. My patrol linked up with me and the prisoner was escorted out, I carried on searching for other members of his team.
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Re: Some thank you's

Postby Wraith666 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:53 am

Lardassmonkey wrote:Paul/ Wraith. Got blown up in the first firefight & was captured moving to the RV.


Yeah, I was killed by a grenade and still got interigated.

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