---------- A Battle for Bataan 1942 Event or Defense of the Abucay-Mauban Line will be held in Gretna, Virginia in August of 2009! Authenticity standards are being created for both the U.S. and Filipino Troops and also the Imperial Japanese Army. Come be part of this unique reenactment experience, the first of it's kind on the East Coast! more details to follow...
Scenario: Defense of the Abucay-Mauban Line, April 1942 Where: Gretna, Virginia USA Date: August 21,22,23, 2009 Fee: TBD Authenticty Guidelines: Are being researched and created currently but the "majority" (not all) of U.S. Troops will portray the 31st U.S. Infantry Regiment and the Japanese will portray the 48th Imperial Division. Please contact us for more details!
Allied Contact/Details/ Questions: Carter Bertone- chargebayonets@ cox.net
Imperial Japanese Contact/Details/ Questions: Patrick Hubble- mortician88@ hotmail.com
I got this yesterday from IJA re-enactor Patrick Hubble. Those who wants to participate please inform me so we can make our plans.
Hello Don, I cut and pasted the authenticity guidelines below from one of the event organizers. I spoke with one of them and they are really excited about prospects of the Philipine Scouts being part of the event! Anyways the dedication for doing things right is indicated below....I'll get you the organizers e-mails so you can contact them directly... sincerely, Patrick Hubble
Unit Organization: The overall Commander for the event will be myself, John Abshire. I will be playing the role of a Company Commander of a company in the 31st Infantry Regiment. Carter bertone will be the 1st Platoon Leader and other leadership roles will be annouced as the event matures and we get some soild numbers. The Company HQ will be made up mostly of the event staff, and the "Company" is really non-existant so to speak of. Carter Bertone will be in Charge of the US Army section but will be getting his "orders" from the Company HQ, this is to enhance the experience for everyone and the Company HQ will not be involved with most of the fighting. Orders will be send Via Field phones, and runners or personal meetings with the CO and the PL. If we actually have the numbers to do an entire company, then adjustments will be made. The reason I am explaining all of this is to prevent any confusion. There wll be alot of surprises at this event, anyone below the company level (with few exceptions) will NOT be privy to some things, such as enemy strength, friendly units in the area, and civillians.
IMPRESSION STANDARDS: US Army 31st Infantry regiment (Bertone did all the work on this just giving credit where its due) This is not a guideline, this is the impression. So make sure you pay attention to the standards and you follow them to the letter. We have turned people away for not following the standards so please dont make that mistake.
Equipment Standards Defense of the Abucay Line Bataan 1942 31st Infantry Regiment
Head Gear: M-1917A1 Helmet (Kelly Helmet) - Acceptable substitutes is the M1917 helmet with Leather WWI lining Campaign Hats, Pith Helmets, and Khaki O/S caps without piping are also acceptable substitutes and may be worn on a case by case basis. ID Tags
Uniform: Khaki Cotton Service Shirt (Enlisted or Officer variants) with Philippine Scout Patch and appropriate rank insignia Khaki Service Trousers M1938 – Dismounted leggings Type II Service Shoes - Roughout service shoes or WWI service boots are acceptable substitutes) White Cotton T-Shirt Variations are authorized. - Privates / Junior NCOs are authorized to wear the blue denim fatigue uniform or mix the two uniforms (Denim / Khaki) ID Tags with proper chain (Not the beaded variety)
Equipment: 1 x M 1928 or 1917 / 18 Cartridge Belt 1 x M1910 Canteen w/ cover 1 x M1923/ 1910 First Aid pouch 1 x M1923 / M1910 Haversack with Meat Can pouch 1 x M1910 – T Handle Shovel or M1910 Pick Maddox 1 x Wool Blanket 1x M1928 / 1910 Meat Can w/ utensils 1 x M1938 Dismounted Raincoat or WWI Issue Rain Coat
Officers and Soldiers Manning Crew Served Weapons M-1936 / Pistol Belt M1936 Combat Suspenders (Officers Only) M1936 Musette Bag (Officers Only)
Weapons: M-1 Garand w/ 16" Bayonet (Bayonet scabbard must be the canvas covered M1910 variant) the preferred bayonet is the Wood handled 1905 variant but the plastic handled 1942 variant is acceptable. (The M-1 Garand is the standard acceptable weapon for the Infantry Soldier; the 31st IN REGT was issued this weapon in Fall 1941. Soldiers carrying this weapon will only be allowed to carry 5 en-bloc 8rd Clips for the Garand. Remaining ammunition will be carried in 5rd stripper clips. Soldiers will be restricted to carrying a total of 150 rds of rifle ammunition)
M1911 Service Pistol (Officers / Weapons Crews) w/ appropriate holster M1917 Service Pistol (Officers / Weapons Crews) w/ appropriate holster
M1918 BAR (With a maximum of 260 rds – 13-20 round magazines) M1917 Machine Gun M1919 Light MG M1928 Thompson SMG (These will be allowed on a case by case basis and must have the appropriate 11" barrel and vertical handgrip) M1903 Service Rifle (These will be allowed on a case by case basis and will only be carried by those portraying HQ or support soldiers)
Rations: Soldiers will not be allowed to bring food into the field all food will be issued on site by the event organizers. Comfort items such as cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc should also be carried sparingly.
Web Gear must be the early war khaki color. Later variants of dark green are later production and are not authorized
I got an e-mail fom the organizer of the Battle of Bataan re-enactment in Gretna, Virginia inviting our group. It looks like our group has a good reputation with them.
I am the host of the Bataan event that is taking place in August of 2009 in Virgina. I would love you guys to come and portray both IJA and Phillpine Scouts, I figure this event will be right up your alley considerng we are doing a fall of the philippines event. I actually used to live in Angelise City near Clark AFB when I Was a kid so this event is close to home for me, hearing the stories as a kid about the battle there. We are strict on authenicity, but from what I have seen from you guys, that will not be a problem at all. You guys are a top notch unit and I would love to have yoursuppport in this event. We are looking to have this event as an anual event if we get enough support so it can be something you guys can look forward to every year.
For Scouts, you would be just that...scouts. I would have you guys placed and you guys would be the eyes and ears for my company, you will be able to do what the scouts did in the Philippines by keeping us fat white morons from getting lost. It would add a lot to the event, and you guys will have a blast.
For IJA, you guys will be attached to Patrick Hubbels unit and fight with him. There will be a seperate registration for the Japanese and Americans/Scouts so both sides will not know each others numbers.
If you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to email or give me a phone call 910-690-4457.
I really hope you guys can make it to our top notch event or top notch units.
I hope he meant us to play the role of "scouts" because he doesn't anticipate a big PS group to attend -- so that he's planning to attach the PS to existing units and act out in a scouting function. Otherwise he seems to be totally ignorant that the Scouts are that in name only but are actually separate full-fledged infantry, cavalry, artillery units and were actually the heavy hitters in Bataan -- and not just "scouts" to keep the Americans from getting lost.
When authenticity is stressed, it always seems to just refer to uniform and gear but sometimes knowledge of the actual history supposedly being honored is lost and incidental.
Remember the CHG organizer who emphatically explained at the PS reunion that he needed the Scouts with the Springfield 1903's for the Alamitos reenactment? He sure sounded like he knew his history, right in front of the actual PS vets too.
Anyway, sorry. It sure sounds like a lot of fun. I hope many can make it.
So far we have 4 guys in Virginia that are going to the re-enactment in Gretna.
The organizer sent me this scenario for the event.
It was good to talk to you and you sound as excited as I am to have you guys come.
How the event will play out:
Friday-Registration, at around midnight we will march into the field as a unit, some units will already be in place but our outfit (31st with Scouts) will move out around midnight on friday. We will move onto the line and dig defensive posistions for the night, have a few patrols out and about, and of course security will be up, expect to get little if any sleep that night. Without giving anything away, there will be some night action, some excitement, and suspense. The way we do events is different than most tacticals, we act in charcter the whole time, we act like soldiers, we dig,eat, sleep, fight like soldiers.
Saturday- We will be falling back to another defensive posistion, digging in, and from there send out more patrols, orders maychange at a moments notice, but for the most part we will continue fighting a delaying action.
At around 1700 on Saturday evening we will call and end to the fighting, we will then have everyone meet up for a big dinner and have a couple of beers and relax and get a good nights sleep. The action will last from whenever you arrive on friday until 1700 on saturday, so that means very little sleep, a lot of diging, and little to no food.
Everyone will be required to bring their own water, but we will set it up in such a way that when we send for water it wont look goofy having people have water jugs or anything, so dont worry if you dont have peroid water cans.
This event is not a win/lose style thing, it is scripted a lot like a movie, only its an improvisational movie that can change at any moment and the guys will have to react. We intend to re-create what it was like for 1 night on the Abucay line in 1942 (sans of course the fear of actually being killed)
Registration must be mailed to me no later than 10August2009, here is my address,
John Abshire 220 E. Illinois Ave #19 Southern Pines, NC 28387
Send a check made out to John Abshire in the ammount of $25, this will cover the costs of wire, flares, food, and dinner saturday night, and we usualy try and buy some beer for the guys to relax with on saturday night.
www.hardscrabblefarm.com/ww2/first_person_sheet.htm Fill out a first person worksheet found at the before mentioned link. This will help you get in character and set the mood for yourself. Please send me a copy of this when you send in your $25 check, this is your registration, all other info will be taken care of when you arrive on site and report to the company clerk.
Also with your 1st person worksheet, include your impression list, with you gear, uniforms, weapons ect...and include a photo. You can save yourself a lot of time and headache and email me the impression list and photo if you like Abshirejw@gmail.com
The reason we require you to send in your impresion list and photo, is to prevent any people from just showing up and not having the correct uniforms and equipment, we are very strict on this and from the looks of how your unit is, you understand how hard it is to work on your impression and get the correct things. It is not fair to let people share the same "battle space" as us if they are not willing to do research, and put time and effort into their impressions. We ask for the picture and gear list to protect the integrity of the event and those who participate!
I look foward to having your unit join us, I will be putting out an email soon with directions to the site, we have 2 locations we are thinking of using, we just need to pick one...
As soon as you get a chance, I need an accurate count, and roster from you that will tell me how many you expect to have, and their names. So I can hand it over to the company clerk and they can fill out the nessicary paperwork, so when people arrive on site we can check them off the list.