MARCH in MARCH

THE BATTLE MARCH, SOME BACKGROUND

A battle march or a loaded march is a relatively fast march over distance carrying a load. It is both a common military exercise.

A loaded march is known as a forced foot march in the US Army. Less formally, it is a ruck march in the Canadian Armed Forces and the US Army, a tab (Tactical Advance to Battle) in British Army slang, a yomp in Royal Marines slang, and stomping in Australian Army slang.

In many countries, the ability to complete loaded marches is a core military skill, especially for infantry forces and historically has been a part of an infantry soldier’s life.

During the four-month initial training of a Roman legionary, loaded marches were taught before recruits ever handled a weapon; since any formation would be split up by stragglers at the back or soldiers trundling along at differing speeds.Standards varied over time, but normally recruits were first required to complete 29.6 km with 20.5 kg in about 6hours. Depending on the exact day of the year and the latitude, the length of a “summer hour” would vary. This was often followed by the construction of basic defences for an overnight position.

Loaded marches have been particularly important in the British Army since the 1982 Falklands War. Many British commanders felt that British success in the war was linked to the British soldiers’ ability to march across the difficult Falklands.

In the French Foreign Legion, trainees must complete the parcours du combattant (“Combatant’s Course”) of 8km loaded with rifle, helmet and 12kg in 40 minutes, and a night march of 25km

In the US Armed Forces loaded marches in the United States Army are known as ruck marches and are part of basic recruit training.

So to get a taste of this please join us on our battle march in March. We have purposefully kept this shorter and less stressful to try make it more fun.

Event Details:

GUIDELINES FOR NRCC/MILSIMSA BATTLE MARCH
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Welcome to our first Battle March event, which we hope will become an annual event.
The march’s format: The march will consist of a preplanned 10km long route. The intent is to replicate one of the actual shorter marches and give the reenactor a taste of what it was like to partake in such an event, but with a lesser degree of hardship.

Equipment:
For a SADF troop, this will consist of either full browns (shirt and pants) or browns overalls. A bush hat is preferred but in its place a M63 staaldak or M83 kevlar helmet are acceptable. SADF issue boots are to be worn, either brown or black depending on the unit represented by the individual.
The webbing to be worn is either the P70 or P83 web gear. The P70 webbing will consist of the full marching gear, i.e. skeleton webbing including grootsak and poncho cover. The P83 webbing will consist of the grootsak and chest webbing. The webbing in either case must make allowance for easy access to the 4 magazines and 2 liters minimum of water, stored in period correct containers.
Webbing weight is to be 10kg minimum. This will include a helmet, if worn but exclude the two liters of water (minimum) and will include the 4 magazines. It is suggested that the equipment weigh slightly more than 10kg to prevent any misunderstandings.
A suitable AEG is to be carried and can be fitted with a suitable period correct sling. This will be charged and carried without a magazine fitted. The magazines carried will contain a total of 100bb’s equally distributed. If only one magazine is carried, then a speed loader is to be carried.
The webbing will be weighed at the start of the march, and must weigh in on the NRCC/MILSIMSA hand scale at 10kg. This will be weighed again at a random point and once again at the end of the march.
Format
The march is to course is to be completed in full in under 4 hours to obtain a pass. The participants may walk in groups or as individuals. Hydration stops are allowed, and the frequency and duration are up to the participants themselves.
It is suggested that the participants do read up on heat stroke, the prevention thereof and treatment thereof.
After 10 minutes break, after the march each participant will be expected to advance on and engage a series of targets and reload between each target. By completing the march in 4 hours and then engaging the targets, each participant will have completed the days events.
Each participant will be expected to sign an indemnity form.

Venue: Hobbypark, Krugersdorp
Cost: R150pp Includes Unique Event Patch
Date: 16 Feb 2019
Time 07:00
Buy Tickets here:

Weapons Guide: Balitan

For the 2018 Series we will have Afgan based opposition forces

The Balitan and the ANP will us the same weapons

Balitan.

Weapons Allowed:

Handguns

M1911A1 ONLY – no tacitcal or railed variants.

Makarov PM

Tokarev TT33

Webley Revolver

Luger P08

Mosin Revolver

Assault Weapons

AKM/47/74Variants – NO RAILS



STG-44

Galil Variants

FN FAL Variants

 

Submachine Guns

MP40

PPSH41

AK74SU

Support Weapons

PKM

RPK

MG42

 

DMR Rifles

Mosin Nagants

Mauser /K98

SMLE MKII

Dragunov SVD

Other:

RPG7/B

Weapons Guide: PMC

For the 2018 Series we will be allowing only certain Coalition forces loadouts, namely US, UK and German GSG

Today we will focus on the PMC weaponry.

PMC – Private Military Contractor

Weapons Allowed:

Handguns

M1911A1 and variants

Beretta M9A1 (92FS)

Sig Sauer P226,P229

Glock 17, Glock 19

Assault Weapons

M16A2 – A4 and Variants

M4 Carbine

HK 416

MK18 CQBR

FN SCAR H MK17

FN SCAR L MK16

M14

AK Variants


Galil Variants

FN FAL Variants

Shotguns

Mossberg 500/590

Remington 870

Benelli M4

Submachine Guns

HK MP5A2

HK MP5A3

MP7A1

All Types of Military standard MP5’s (SD9, HK53, etc) Will be allowed.

Support Weapons

M249-E1 SAW

M249-E2 SAW

M249 Paratrooper

M240B

M60E4

PKM

RPK

Most Types of M249 Family weapons will be allowed like M249 Para, MK46, MK48 etc

 

DMR/Sniper Rifles

Accuray International AW/AWSM

Barret .50Cal – M82A1

M14 EBR

M40A5

SR25

AWP/L96/SOCOM MK13

Other:

Milkor MGL

Sources:
Internet: https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/what-weapons-do-blackwater-use.252156/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_equipment_of_the_United_States_Army

Weapons Guide: PMC

For the 2018 Series we will be allowing only certain Coalition forces loadouts, namely US, UK and German GSG

Today we will focus on the PMC Forces Uniforms and Gear.

PMC

PMC has the least restriction on weapons and kit, but there will be a VERY limited number of spots available

NO CAMO
only Solid Colour items to be worn.

Headgear


Baseball Caps only

Any color Shemagh

Uniform:

Solid Color clothing items only – No Camo
once Tickets have been purchased – PMC member will put in touch to coordinate loadouts

Vests:



Any Vest/Chestrig/Battle Jacket

 

Reference Pics:



Loadouts: Bundeswehr

For the 2018 Series we will be allowing only certain Coalition forces loadouts, namely US, UK and German GSG

Today we will focus on the German Bundeswehr Uniforms and Gear.

Bunderwehr

Camo used:

Tropentarn

Helmets:

PASGT88

MICH Variants

Headgear:

Boonie

Cap

Uniforms

Vests


Footwear:


or any TAN/FDE Combat Boots

 

Reference Pics:

http://i.imgur.com/YohAvw5.jpg

Weapons: Bundeswehr

For the 2018 Series we will be allowing only certain Coalition forces loadouts, namely US, UK and German GSG
Today we will focus on the German Bundeswehr

Bundeswehr

 

Weapons Allowed:

Handguns

Heckler Koch USP

Heckler & Koch P30

Sig Sauer P226/P229

Glock 17/19

Assault Weapons

Heckler & Koch HK417

Heckler & Koch HK416/G38

Heckler & Koch G36 and Variants

Sub Machine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP7

Heckler & Koch MP5 and Variants

Support Weapons

MG3 (MG42)

MG36

Sniper Rifles

Accuray International AW/AWSM

Barret .50Cal – M82A1

Heckler & Koch G28 E2

Bar10/VSR10, M24′ etc will not be allowed

 

Sources:
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_modern_equipment_of_the_German_Army

IMFDB: http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/List_of_firearms_used_by_German_Armed_Forces

Loadouts: US Army

For the 2018 Series we will be allowing only certain Coalition forces loadouts, namely US, UK and German GSG

Today we will focus on the US ARMY Uniforms and Gear.

US Army – 1991 (Gulf War) to Date

 

Camo used:

3 Color Desert

Marpat

Desert Marpat

UCP

Multicam/OCP

AOR1 and AOR2 are allowed.
Kryptek, Atacs and other commercial camo patterns ARE NOT allowed.

 

Helmets:

PASGT88

MICH Variants



Fast/Jump Helmets

Headgear:

Boonie

Patrol Cap

Shemagh

 

Uniforms:

Marine Pattern (MARPAT)

UCP ACU

 

Vests:

CIRAS/IOTV/

Footwear:


or any TAN/FDE Combat Boots

 

Reference Pics:

UCP – ACU

OCP – ACU

US MARINE – MARPAT


Sources:
Camopedia: http://camopedia.org/index.php?title=USA
Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Combat_Uniform
US Army Combat Uniform http://www.usarmycombatuniform.com/

Weapons: US Army

For the 2018 Series we will be allowing only certain Coalition forces loadouts, namely US, UK and German GSG

Today we will focus on the US ARMY weaponry.

US Army – 1991 (Gulf War) to Date

 

 

Weapons Allowed:

Handguns

M1911A1 and variants

Beretta M9A1 (92FS)

Sig Sauer P226,P229

Glock 17, Glock 19

Assault Weapons

M16A2 – A4 and Variants

M4 Carbine

HK 416

MK18 CQBR

FN SCAR H MK17

FN SCAR L MK16

M14

Shotguns

Mossberg 500/590

Remington 870

Benelli M4

Submachine Guns

HK MP5A2

HK MP5A3

MP7A1

All Types of Military standard MP5’s (SD9, HK53, etc) Will be allowed.

Support Weapons

M249-E1 SAW

M249-E2 SAW

M249 Paratrooper

M240B

M60E4

Most Types of M249 Family weapons will be allowed like M249 Para, MK46, MK48 etc

 

DMR/Sniper Rifles

Accuray International AW/AWSM

Barret .50Cal – M82A1

M14 EBR

M40A5

SR25

AWP/L96/SOCOM MK13

Other:

Milkor MGL

Sources:
IMFDB: http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/List_of_weapons_used_by_U.S._Armed_Forces
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_equipment_of_the_United_States_Army