What is WW2 Airsoft? The View of CiA

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What is WW2 Airsoft? The View of CiA

Postby Old Un » Fri May 27, 2011 4:30 pm

What is WW2 airsoft from CiA?

Fundamentally CiA puts on what we terms as WW2 events. The idea is that for a period of time, you dress and live as a combat solider from the period 1939 -1945.

What do we know of this period? Well for one, most soldiers were often poorly trained conscripts sent into battle with as little as 8 weeks training, not unlike untrained players. They were led and looked after by older NCOs and officers, and depended on these people to keep them safe and to achieve what they were tasked to do.

Discipline was strict, you did as you were told, and in the German and Russian armies, failure to do so could result in your immediate execution! In the western armies penalties were less harsh but still in force. Opponents of both sides were tasked with missions or briefs, which often contradicted each other; WW2 was not a coordinated battle, but separate forces seeking to achieve things in spite of each other. Frequently battles were claimed as “victories” by both sides even if in defeat for example the “heroic retreat” at Dunkirk, vs. the “masterful blitzkrieg defeat of France”. In the end, the Germans lost the war, but for the individual soldier that final outcome was a long way away and local gaining and losing of advantage was all that mattered, that, and staying alive.

For the Tommy, GI, Landser or Comrade, war was a daily mixture of boredom, terror and elation. Combating the cold, the heat, or hunger or thirst was as much a concern as avoiding bullets. There were times of humour, often black, and times of enjoyment. The main concern was getting through it and getting home. Very few ran chasing around looking for the enemy to shoot unless that was what they had been told specifically to do.

CiA events are about trying to give you an insight into this world. They are not about the kit, per se, nor about the guns; these are just the tools. It’s the feelings you experience, and the understanding it gives you of “being there”.

What the events are not

We don’t call them games because they are not airsoft games like open days or many other airsoft weekends. There are no winners or losers, as they are no flags to capture, no counting of “kills”, just tasks to try to achieve, and often both sides come away feeling they have achieved a great deal. We don’t script games, no idea that “at 3pm all players will have a big battle over there”; events unfold as commanders on both sides make decisions and try to gain advantage over the other, exploiting opportunities and mistakes by the enemy as they go along. Coming to one to get lots of kills with your new gun, irrespective of what is going on around you is missing the point. Getting stuck in with your comrades, springing a surprise ambush on the enemy and giving it your all even if you know death is inevitable is the crux of it.

These events are not re-enactment either. We are not looking to recreate what the 99th Toilet Cleaning Brigade did on Wednesday 21st November at 9.01am; nor do we get worried if every part of your SS uniform is not signed by Himmler personally, or your hair is long, or you’re a woman, or over 30 or a bit overweight etc. There is no public to educate, we are not “honouring the dead”, we are trying to get into the mindset and experience WW2 combat.

Is it hard core?

Often gets mentioned as a turn off and I’m a bit of a loss to understand at times. People take a lot of time getting their kit looking good, and to my recollection no one has ever been pulled up over kit at a CiA event. We are not ‘stitch Nazis’, we sometimes set some loose guideline per event, but don’t loose sleep over people not being able to afford 100% pukka kit, or event authentic units. Want to play German? A set of field greys badged to whatever will work; Tommy, any battledress will do, Partisan or civilian, get a rough look going and we’re happy. We do ask that you try to leave the 21st century behind, so your nice nylon gun bag is better left in the car and Tesco carrier bags the same.

We don’t have burger vans or “all stop for lunch”, because that’s not what happened during the war and it interrupts the flow and the immersion that other people get.

As for weapons, the proliferation of WW2 guns is now far greater than 5 years ago: MP40, MP44, Kar 98, Mosin Nagants, PPShs, M1s and M3s, Thompsons, Garands, Lee Enfields, MG42, Brens, 30 cals, the lists goes on and on, especially when you look at the custom work on this forum. And yet you can turn up on any side with virtually any weapon claiming “captured”, or even an M14 or a bolt action as it looks pretty close. If you don’t own any of the above, chances are someone else will lend you one, if not an entire uniform!

Camping, vehicles; all the requirements are pretty loose. The main ask being that you are considerate of your fellow players, and care what the sight of your orange Eurohike tent does for the guy next to you with his canvas bivvy. We all know it’s 2011, however if you look at the pics of last year’s Jedburgh, you’d be hard pressed for it not to feel like 1944 , and that was with no one going around demanding even 50% authentic kit.

In the past five years, we’ve fought battles underground with armoured vehicles, we’ve assaulted endless fixed positions, fought bitter defences and glorious attacks, blown up a V1, chased commandos through the woods, got pissed occasionally, and had a lot of fun whilst trying to keep to the original brief of getting into the feel of the 1940’s. We have fought from 1940 to 1945, from the forests of Russian to the beaches of Normandy, the depths of winter for the Battle of the Bulge to the Scottish highlands. Find us a desert and we’d do El Alemain!

As the blurb says somewhere on the website, we set out with these principals in 2007, and hopefully have created and inspired in others something different within the world of both re-enacting and airsoft. We are all volunteers, we’ve not taken a penny from the proceeds of the events, and have all spent a lot of our own cash and time to do it. Sounds altruistic but actually probably selfish. We all got bored with ‘airsoft’ a long time ago, and wanted a bit more. We wanted to put on events that we would want to go to, and hopefully so would others. We’ve continued with this as the key aim, and so if you’ve not been to a CiA event and this sounds like it would suit you then keep coming and we’ll keep putting them on.

The day this doesn’t appeal to you all, we’ll get the message and take up other hobbies.

See you on the field of battle.

Old ‘Un

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