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Greetings by Jonathan Stevens, HRS Vice President
Greetings! As we all prepare for the upcoming reenacting season there are a number of things to be aware of. First off the by-law vote in the last issue of the Edge has been extended. The original deadline of December 31 was too short of notice for many members with the Christmas season in full swing. Also, some of the approximately 60 members who receive a paper copy of the Edge got their last issue on December 30 or later. The ballot and by-laws in question are reprinted in this issue. Please take a few minutes, read through the proposal, and vote the way you think is best. Also, scanned ballots will be accepted via email. The new deadline will be April 23rd. A rather new concept for our organization is the idea of having “Regional Battles” to replace the National Battle that was voted on as a by-law amendment earlier in 2009. The concept is to make it easier for more reenactors to attend a big battle who otherwise may not attend for financial reasons, the cost of gas, or distance. These events could be supported by the HRS with assistance in a meal, transporting of vehicles, a USO show, or something along those lines. The money for the Regional Battle assistance would be available from the funds saved by sending the Edge electronically which will be addressed later in this article. Units are encouraged to apply to have a Regional Battle the same way a unit applied for hosting the National Battle. We are still working through the process of accountability for funding of these events as this could be a problem if not handled with care and very openly with all the membership aware of how money will be spent. Continued to page 2...
25-27 March 2010, WW II Movie Shoot, Neoga, IL; Contact Jeff Cornell JCornell@skycasters.net or call (217) 844-2398 (NonHRS)
3 April 2010, Re-enactor Garage Sale, Batavia, IL, 8am to 3pm (Non-HRS)
26-27 March 2010, Battle in the Bocage, El Dorado, KS; Contact: email@example.com or 316-640-2647; 16-18 April 2010, Spring Western Front Event, Camden, OH; http://www.wwiihistorycenter.org/reenactorcalendar.htm. (Non-HRS) Contact: Tim Ellifritt at firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.camdenwwii.com (Non-HRS) 26-27 March 2010, Spring Western Front Event, Mansfield, OH; Contacts: Tim Ellifritt at email@example.com or Daryl Slusher 17 April CAF Minnesota Wing Garage Sale, South St. Paul, MN, at firstname.lastname@example.org (Non-HRS) http://cafsmw.org/calendar/event.php?event=200845 (Non-HRS) 26-28 March 2010, Meeting at Torgau, Groverton, IN; Contact: Rich Gratt (email@example.com) (Non-HRS) 26-28 March 2010, R.E.T.O. Tactical, Fort Custer, Augusta, MI; To preregister to simply visit: http://delay2010.eventbrite.com; www.Wiking.org POC Alan Miltich, email PzPionier@aol. com or Phone 517-796-9193 (Non-HRS) 27 March 2010, Honor Flight Fund Raiser Swing Dance, Dekalb, IL; For tickets or info contact: Sheri Taber (815) 685-4015 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Non-HRS)
16-17 April 2010, WW II Training at Historic Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester Hills MI; David Neary email@example.com (NonHRS)
17 April 2010, 20th CENTURY G. I. PRESENTS LIVING HISTORY AT THE ALAMO St Louis MO; WWW.20THCENTURYGI.COM (Non-HRS) 23-24 April 2010, Normandy, the Drive Inland, Onsted, MI; For more information go to www.able506.com or contact Mike at (248) 391-6805 Email firstname.lastname@example.org (Non-HRS)
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Greetings continued Of course the HRS will not fund the entire event but provide assistance for a specific item. In any case send your proposal to the board of directors for hosting a Regional Event. We will be glad to work with you. We do reserve the right to reject events for assistance and just because an application is sent does not automatically mean an event will be approved. Two newly revised forms to be aware of are, of course, the 2010 (Re) Enlistment form and the revised Event Request Form. Please use these forms for the 2010 calendar year. The changes are minor to the Event Request Form but have shortened the form from three to two pages. Another item passed last year by the membership was an HRS scholarship. This was not a by-law and would have to be voted on by the membership in subsequent years but a committee will be formed to sift through the applicants to award a $500 scholarship to an HRS member. The qualifications will be put on the website shortly for those interested in applying for this first ever award. Please contact the Vice President Jonathan if you are interested in being on the scholarship committee. The newest board member for the HRS is Sheri Taber who will fill the position of Treasurer for the remainder of 2010. She is the Unit Commander of the Chicago Homefront Helpers. Her contact information will be posted on the HRS website shortly. Please give her a week or so to get into the office. I speak for all the board when I say that we are very glad that Sheri took this responsibility on and look forward to working with her. She will fill a very large hole in the organization. As mentioned, the Edge will go to an all-electronic format this year. We had about 60 members taking the Edge via mail that was costing us around $6 per person for each issue. This of course was more than the additional $6 in 2009 charged to receive the Edge in the mail. The cost effective thing was to eliminate the printed Edge for now. Therefore this is the last printed issue of the Edge. Your feedback on this matter would be appreciated. If you have no email address or access to the HRS website where the Edge can be downloaded for free please contact the Vice President. In the long run this will save the organization money that can then be used to support our events. Finally, there has been some confusion over some of the film footage taken at the 2009 Rockford event. A professional film crew was there to take some footage of the event as a test for a possible future film. This was a last minute affair and not known by the majority of the reenactors and HRS board. While the footage was very well done and quite complementary to WWII reenacting we will be redeveloping the HRS video and filming policy. Troy LaFaye of the 167th Signal Photo Company, also an independent film producer, will be involved with updating this policy. Please contact Troy or me with your concerns or ideas. We do not want to discourage this type of publicity for WWII reenacting but we do need to use caution in how images of reenacting are potentially used commercially.You can see a trailer containing footage shot at Rockford and Thunder Over Michigan here: http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/war-birds/promo-trailer As ever, please contact me with any questions or concerns. I may not be able to respond immediately but I will do my best to respond in a reasonable amount of time. Be seeing you! Jonathan Stevens, WWIIHRS Vice President
World War Two HRS Board of Directors 2009-10
President David Jameson, 2nd Inf. Division 15632 Polk Circle Omaha, NE 68135 (402)896-1345 email@example.com Vice President Jonathan Stevens, 9th Inf. Div. 0N349 Cottonwood Drive Wheaton, IL 60187 (630)221-1171 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Craig Dvorak, 2nd Mar. Division email@example.com Treasurer Shari Taber 4249 E 2551st Rd Sheridan, Il 60551 (815) 685-4015 firstname.lastname@example.org Allied Representative William Sheets, 505 PIR, 82 Abn. 6817 Everglades Court Indianapolis, IN 46217 (317)788-1836 email@example.com Commonwealth Representative Elliott James, No.11 Group RAF 497 Wagner Street Roseville, MN 55113 (651)489-1623 firstname.lastname@example.org Axis Representative Scott Atchison, 6. SS "Nord" P.O. Box 61 Ossian, In 46777 (260)622-9153 email@example.com Website Staff Webmaster John Olsen, 9th Inf. Div. firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Webmaster Joshua Olsen, 167th SPC email@example.com Newsletter Staff Editor Troy LaFaye, 167th SPC firstname.lastname@example.org Layout/Design Joshua Olsen, 167th SPC email@example.com Matt Kelley, 36th Recon
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WWII HRS Board Meeting Minutes 19 November 2009 The meeting opened at 7:07 and a roll call was taken. Those attending: Russell Dvorak, Don Pitchers, David Jameson, Craig Dvorak, Jonathan Stevens, Scott Atchison, Bill Sheets, Shari Tabor, John Newton, Scott Bacon, Doug Loge, Elliott James, and Alan Miltich. The October minutes were read. A motion was made to accept the minutes and was seconded.
Old Business: PAHA: Our attorney reviewed the actions of the PAHA regarding Rockford. There was no new contact with the PAHA. Defunct Units: 35th Div MPs were contacted and they would remain an HRS unit in 2010. In 2009 they had been inactive. The unit CO Greg Champion of L Co., 1st Inf. Div., Had been contacted and no longer was fielding a unit. L Co., 1st Inf. Div. was removed from the chartered units by a majority vote. There was no contact with Three Commando via the last email address on file. Elliott would send them a registered letter inquiring about their status. By-Law Vote: The bylaw regarding nepotism and removal of the Emergency Powers Act was passed. It would be added to the official bylaws. Edge: Apr/May: 15 APR 10 Jun/Jul: 15 MAY 10 Aug/Sep: 15 JUN 10 New Business: Unit Charters: 2/25 Australian Elliott was reviewing the unit information. It should be ready for the S&A Committee vote in December. Treasurer Report: $7418.90 reported in the checking account; $16,227.50 was in the savings account; for a $23,645.59 total. Two checks recently sent to Rochelle printing were not included in this statement. Secretary Report: 933 members total including one recent member. Commonwealth Rep: Elliott was working with the Australian unit Allied Rep: No new information. Bill was working on an event at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in December. Axis Rep: Scott reported some complaints on the S&A Committee but offered non details. Insurance and Under Age 18: The response from the insurance agent and carrier regarding those under age 18 and using weapons was that there could be no weapons allowed for those under age 18. If a person under age 18 used or carried weapons, the insurance for that event would be void. Further the agent said that if we wanted to insure those under 18 with weapons under the HRS insurance policy finding a carrier that would accept members under age 18 with weapons this would be unlikely. The definition of weapons included for example rifles, anti-tank guns, knives, and bayonets. Air soft would be included as those weapons do fire a projectile. Don Pitchers and Treasurer Position: Don had inquired about the Treasurer position however according to the records he has been a member since August 2008 and therefore was not eligible. We do thank Don for his willingness to serve on the HRS board. Open Comment: Bill Sheets and others suggested a member of the 9th SS to join the SA Committee. At 8:07 the meeting was adjourned after a unanimous vote.
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HRS BOD meetings
All HRS BOD meetings are on the third Thursday of every month, at 7:00 PM CT. Meetings are held via tele-conference. Members are invited to attend by emailing the President (David Jameson, 402-869-1345 or email@example.com) and providing their current HRS ID number. All participants must register 48 hours prior to meeting time. Up-coming meeting dates: 18 15 20 17 MAR APR MAY JUN 10 10 10 10
Message from the HRS Secretary: To all HRS members, For the calendar year 2010 joining or renewing at events will not be allowed. Please refer to the HRS Bylaws for more info. Also, a reminder, All applications must have a unit commander’s signature in order to be processed. Thank you, Regards, Craig Dvorak HRS Secretary
Attention WWIIHRS Unit Commanders, did you know there’s now a new way to communicate with your fellow unit commanders and the HRS BOD? Contact HRS Vice President Jon Stevens now to get added to the new WWIIHRS Unit Commanders Committee Yahoo Group email list or sign up yourself at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WWIIHRSCommandersComm/
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23-25 April 2010, WW II Weekend, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO; Contact: K.Owens@2ndrangers.org or 314-960-1611 or JWGermer@aol.com or 618-567-1577; http://2ndrangers.org/wwii_weekend.php (Non-HRS) 30 April - 2 May 2010, WW II Tribute at Buckley Homestead, Lowell, IN; http://www.lakecountyparks.com/WWII.htm (HRS Sponsored Event) 30 April - 2 May 2010, Public WW II Living History, Highland, IN; Rich Gratt at 219-746-4332 or (firstname.lastname@example.org); http://www.illianahistorical.com (Non-HRS)
8 May 2010, WW II Tactical, Chippewa Falls, WI; http://home.comcast.net/~30thhrs/cfevent.html For more information: Warren Klein: email@example.com (Non-HRS) 14-16 May 2010, Yorkville, WW II Timeline, Lyon Farm, Yorkville, IL; http://yorkvillewwii.weebly.com/ (HRS Sponsored Event) 14-16 May 2010, Salt River Expo, Mark Twain Lake, MO; Contact: John Hawkins 573-355-4365 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.visitmarktwainlake.org (Non-HRS) 15-16 May 2010, Dakota City Heritage Village WWII Weekend; Contact: Gary Smith - 651-463-8045 or email@example.com or Jon Boorom; http://www.12thssmn.com/dakotacityww2.html (HRS Sponsored Event) 15-17 May 2010, WW II Days, Savana, IL; Contact:Mike Lipe firstname.lastname@example.org 309-762-0212 (Non-HRS) 22 May 2010, Salute to Veterans, Southfield, MI; Register at email@example.com (Non-HRS) 22 May 2010, Spring Swing Big Band Hanger Dance, CAF Minnesota Wing, South St. Paul, MN; http://cafsmw.org/calendar/event.php?event=200846 (NonHRS) 28-30 May 2010, The Anzio Express, Union, Illinois; www.anzioexpress.org Pre-registration here: http://irm.eventbrite.com/ (Non-HRS) 31 May 2010, Memorial Day, Timeline of the American Soldier, Historic Ft. Snelling, St. Paul, MN; Contact Matt Cassiday: firstname.lastname@example.org (Non-HRS)
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Take Stock… By Sgt. Zak, 2nd Marines Anyone doing a military impression knows the importance of keeping his or her weapons’ metal parts clean and properly lubricated. But what is often not thought about, or over looked is the other half of the weapon…the stock. Wood reacts differently from the elements than metal. High humidity will expand the natural wood fibers; low humidity and exposure to the sun will dry the fibers and constrict them. That is why it is important to replenish the wood with a natural lubricant and that lubricant is linseed oil. Boiled linseed oil is produced from the seed of the flax plant and processed so that it will dry faster than raw linseed oil. Boiled linseed oil protects and seals unfinished (unvarnished) wood surfaces and really brings out the wood grain in gunstocks.
was in the military. I had been assigned to a work detail at the armory. Our job that day was to clean-up several dozen M 1 Garand rifles. We were told to “Field strip” them and get all the parts cleaned and properly oiled. As I just finished cleaning my first one and began to reassemble it I heard a loud booming voice shout out “What the *#?! Do you think you’re doing…you ain’t done yet!” It was the voice of our kind and gentle 1st class gunners’ mate. I became the prime example as he had the other 3 guys in the work detail gather around. He took the rifle stock and with a cotton cloth dipped into a liquid that was a degreasing agent, he cleaned the stock of all dirt, oil, and grease and grim. It only took a few moments to dry and at that point he reached for a jar, which contained a golden liquid, which he told us was linseed oil. He had had it sitting in a container of hot water. He explained the reason for this was that the warm oil penetrated the wood more effectively. We watched as he rubbed it in always going with the grain of the wood. Once this was complete, he said to let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes; if it all soaked in, then we were to give it a second coat.
I first learned of the natural enriching value of linseed oil when I
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After 10 minutes we were to take a clean cloth and wipe off the excess. Man he was right! All that beautiful grain and color of that walnut gunstock just popped right out! You can purchase boiled linseed oil at any hardware store but be very careful, as it is a combustible liquid and should not be stored near a heat source such as a furnace. A little goes a long way and unless you have a dozen rifles to do, one-quart will last for years. As for cleaning the gunstock, I use a clean cotton cloth dampened with mineral spirits, which is also available at any hardware store. As for the jar it’s free…once you eat the pickles! Take a clean jar and pour in enough of the linseed oil to do the job. Set the jar into a small bucket or other similar size container of hot water to warm it up. DO NOT SET IT ON THE STOVE TO HEAT IT! Using a soft cloth like flannel, dip it into the linseed oil and rub it in with the grain of the wood. Let it set and soak in for 5 to 10 minutes. If the wood is really dried out it will absorb the oil quickly and it may need a second and possibly a third coat. When you see that it’s no longer being absorbed, wipe off all excess oil and rub it out with a soft clean cloth and you’re done.
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These changes were proposed by Doug Loge, and are approved by VP, Jonathan Stevens and following propos athan n, Unit Commanders: Rick Pen Pennington, 709th Infanterie Division, Don Coffman, Herman Goring Flak Rgt. 1 CHANGE #1 UNDER FAMILY MEMBERSHIP Minors, under the age of 16, will have no voting rights nor may they participate in tactical or public battles in any capacity. They may, however, participate at Living History and Static Displays providing the portrayal is age-correct ho trayal and non-political in nature. Minors, under the age of 16 shall not be allowed to handle any weapons, including s, edged weapons, ammunition, non-functioning reproduction armaments or ordinance of any kind or nature. wea ure (Participation of under-18 members is covered in Safety rule #3.) REWRITE Minors, under the age of 16, will have no voting rights nor may they participate in tactical or public battles in any capacity. They may, however, participate at Living History and Static Displays providing the portrayal is age-correct. Minors, under the age of 16 shall not be allowed to handle any weapons, including edged weapons, ammunition, non-functioning reproduction armaments or ordinance of any kind or nature. CHANGE #2 Section 2. RECOGNIZED CHARTERED UNITS 1. Qualifications for a charter: 1. Five (5) or more individuals of REGULAR or FAMILY membership. 2. Apply to the Board of Directors for a charter. 2. Charter application must include: 1. Full unit designation title (division, regiment, etc.). 2. Purpose and goals for re-enacting. 3. Complete history of unit. 4. List of authorized uniforms, weapons, equipment, and vehicles. 5. List of all awards, medals and ribbons worn by members of the unit and the unit's criteria for the wearing of the above mentioned. 6. List of names, addresses, and phone numbers of unit commander, safety, authenticity, and relations officers. 7. A statement of intention for following the Society's by-laws, safety, and authenticity. 3. This information must be submitted in writing with any required documentation. 4. The unit charter must be approved by the Authenticity Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors. Upon full review and approval Charter certification shall be awarded. 5. Members may form a unit comprising of less than five (5) members for the purpose of an impression that is supportive in nature, to wit: non-combative. The variance is for units that shall be non-tactical in nature or support related who wish to honor the non-combative services of all nations of WWII. This variance shall also allow for a support related impression to not be bound by authenticity requirements in regards to rank-structure as historical accuracy so requires. 6. The Unit Commander, Unit Co-Commander and/or Acting Unit Commander MUST be a member in good standing of the World War II Historical Re-Enactment Society, Inc. at all times. (10-2005) The proposed unit shall submit to the board a short and concise statement of the unit to be represented to include, but not limited to: 1. Unit designation, nationality, occupation or specialty, size, rank structure, uniforms and equipment needed. 2. Names and addresses of originating members, other units that members may belong to. 3. Whether other units in the society are currently a like kind impression, if so, how or why this unit should be separate.
5. The board must approve or deny the variance within thirty (30) days of submission to the vice-president. t sion If a denial of the grant is so passed, the reason must be stated specifically along with a recommendation for ame enial t amendo ments to the submission. REWRITE 1. Qualifications for a charter: 1. Seven (7) or more indi individuals of REGULAR or FAMILY membership. Charter application mu include: must designa 1. Full unit designation title (division, regiment, etc.). 2. Purpose and goals for re-enacting. an 3. Complete history of unit. 4. Unit picture 5. List of authorized uniforms, weapons, equipment, and vehicles. 6. List of all awards, medals and ribbons worn by members of the unit and the unit's criteria for the wearing of the above mentioned. 7. List of names, addresses, and phone numbers of unit commander, safety, authenticity, and relations officials. 8. A statement of intention for following the Society's by-laws, safety, and authenticity. 9. Names and addresses of originating members, other units that members may belong to. 10. Whether other units in the society are currently a like kind impression, if so, how or why this unit should be separate. 11. The rank structure of the proposed unit should fit the actual # of members of the unit applying for a charter NOT the structure of the unit the being portrayed at full strength. Rank structure at events should always reflect the amount of members participating in that particular event. 12. This information must be submitted in writing with any required documentation. 13. Units may apply for a “Living History” charter which #6 and #11 does not apply. A living history charter prohibits the unit from attending any tactical events and from engaging in any battlefield activities whatsoever. 14. The unit charter must be approved by the Authenticity Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors. Upon full review and approval Charter certification shall be awarded. 15. Chartered units must submit a letter to the VP by January 30th each year detailing their activities for the previous year. Failure to do so may result in the charter being dropped by a majority vote of the BOD for abandonment or inactivity. CHANGE #3 ARTICLE IV: UNIT RECOGNITION Section 3. OTHER GROUPS Other recognized re-enactment groups, approved by the Board of Directors, must abide by all SOCIETY By-Laws and Safety and Authenticity Rules to participate in Society events. Recognized re-enactment groups shall be defined as those groups that can provide evidence of current insurance coverage, whose safety and authenticity guidelines, by-laws and unit rosters have been reviewed by the SOCIETY's Board of Directors. A list of all recognized units will be published in the Society's publication(s) by the end of the first quarter annually. REWRITE ARTICLE IV: UNIT RECOGNITION Section 3. OTHER GROUPS Other recognized re-enactment groups, approved by the Board of Directors, must abide by all SOCIETY By-Laws and Safety and Authenticity Rules to participate in Society events. Recognized re-enactment groups shall be defined as
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by-laws and unit rosters have been reviewed and approved by the SOCIETY's Board of Directors. Individual units o f these re-enactment groups must be sponsored by a HRS unit in order to participate in an HRS sponsored event. Individual units of these re-enactment groups will represent the sponsoring HRS unit in regards to safety, authenticity and conduct for that event. Any infractions caused by the sponsored unit will be treated as if the sponsoring unit had committed them itself. A list of all recognized reenactment groups will be published in the Society's publication(s) by the end of the first quarter annually. CHANGE #4 ARTICLE XIII: WWII H.R.S., INC. ETIQUETTE All members of the WWII HRS shall, in keeping with our goals and objectives, be governed by and subject to the following code of ethics: 1. The use of any item that does not belong to you without permission is prohibited. The theft of any item, no matter how small, is grounds for prosecution and dismissal from the Society. 2. While in a camp or barracks area, respect the right of privacy of other campers. 3. The use or possession of illegal drugs/narcotics is cause for immediate expulsion. 4. Failure to follow event posted or announced rules can and will lead to expulsion from the Society and from future Society events. 5. Keep safety and authenticity in mind at all times. 6. Do not use profanity, slander, libelous statements in correspondence to convey any threat, implied or real, to any member. 7. Members of the WWII HRS cannot use WWII HRS publications or events for any political purpose. 8. Proprietary Society membership information cannot be released without the Board of Directors as well and the individual member's approval. 9. It is the responsibility of all members and units present at any event to stand safety and authenticity inspections. 10. As a point of etiquette, keep late night activities reasonable. 11. Unit Commanders shall be responsible for the control and behavior of all minors in their unit. 12. Keep all campsites and barracks policed and secure. 13. Do not leave campfires unattended. 14. Do not argue over the calling of hits. 15. No flag other than the United States, and the British Commonwealth flags are ever to be saluted. The Nazi or Fascist salute is never to be used. No goose step marching by Axis troops. 16. All non-political flags may be displayed, however only American and commonwealth flags may be flown from a pole or staff. 17. Black SS, Brown SA, and political uniforms and Hitler Youth uniforms and any WWII German uniform that uses a swastika arm-band may not be used at any WWII HRS event. 18. When traveling to or from any event, do not display weapons or WWII German uniforms where they may be seen by the public. REWRITE 15. The Nazi or Fascist salute is never to be used. Goose step marching is not allowed. 16. a) All American units may use, display, or fly the US flag. The event host may designate only 1 non-US unit from each nationality to use, display, or fly only 1 flag/banner at events. -German units may only use, display, or fly a battle flag/standard no larger than 3x5. - Any German unit may use or display a non-political company standard. - Non US flags/banners may not be flown or hung higher than 9 feet nor higher than the main U.S. flag at the event. - Non US flags must always be raised and lowered without ceremony and may never be saluted. - National Socialist party flags are never ever to be flown, displayed or used at any event except as a captured flag or war prize. 17. Political black SS, SD, or brown SA uniforms may not be used at any WWII HRS event. 18. DELETE THIS
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I, , Hereby approve/disaprove the (Print Name Here) following proposed by-law changes: Change #1: (Check One Box with an “X”) I Approve I Dissaprove Change #2: (Check One Box with an “X”) I Approve I Dissaprove Change #3: (Check One Box with an “X”) I Approve I Dissaprove Change #4: (Check One Box with an “X”) I Approve I Dissaprove My HRS Number is ______ Sign Here: X___________________ Send this Ballot to HRS Vice President, Jonathan Stevens at:
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Calendar Year 2010 Application for Membership
1. Please print legibly – ALL INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED. Only ONE member per application. Family members must have a separate application. 2. All membership applications require primary unit and CO’s signature. Your application will be returned if it has not been completed properly. Only 2010 application forms will be accepted. 3. A signed and notarized PARENT/GUARDIAN FORM must accompany applications for applicants under 18. 4. Members’ unit MUST be chartered or in ‘Unit Forming’ status only. No other exceptions allowed.
LAST NAME: _____________________________ FIRST NAME: ____________________________MI: _______ STREET ADDRESS: _______________________________ CITY:_____________________ STATE:__________ ZIP CODE: _________________ TELEPHONE: _(_____)____________________ D.O.B: ____/______/_______ EMAIL: _______________________________________________________________________________ PRIMARY UNIT: __________________________________________________________________________ SECONDARY UNIT: ________________________________________________________________________ UNIT CO: _____________________________ UNIT CO SIGNATURE: ___________________________________ DUES: (Check one) _____$20.00 Single Membership _____$25.00 Family Membership (Two Members) _____$30.00 Family Membership (Three Members) _____$35.00 Family Membership (Four Members) _____$40.00 Family Membership (Five Members) Family members must reside at the same household address. I agree to follow the World War Two Historical Re-Enactment Society By-Laws, Safety and Authenticity rules and I understand that there are dangerous circumstances in re-enacting and do so at my own risk. I also certify that I am at least eighteen years old. (If under eighteen years of age, a Parent/Guardian Consent form must be submitted with application. The applicant acknowledges that, although membership is not denied to those less than eighteen years of age, certain restrictions apply. These can be found in the Society’s By-Laws.
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“The First Special Service Force” A Brief History By Gary A. Adkins (papajoad)
The “First Special Service Force”, (1st S. S. F.), originally began from a decree by Allied High Command to organize a Commando type unit to attack the hydroelectric and heavy water plants in Norway as well as the oil refineries and cracking plants at Ploesti, Rumania and the hydroelectric plants in the Po Valley of Italy. Made up with troops from the United States and Canada this was the first multi-national unit within the Unit States Army and a separate Branch of the Army, as well as being the for-fathers of the Special Forces of to-day. The Commander of the Force was Colonel, (later General) Robert Frederick. The Force began life on 20 June 1942 at Fort William Henry Harrison,
The Force was organized into 3 combat regiments and a service regiment. Men for the Force were recruited from occupations such as mountain men, lumberjacks and explorers from the Northwood’s of Canada and the U.S. All members of the Force were trained military personal who volunteered for hazardous duty; a few of the Canadian troops had fought at Dunkirk. The force was trained to be demolition experts, paratroopers, ski troops, amphibious troops, mountain trained and all types of commando training then available. The Force obtained a high level of morale and Esprit-De-Corps, and was recognized by General Eisenhower as the best combat unit man per man in the whole Allied Army. The First assignment for the Force was as a part of Amphibian Training Force 9 or “Corlett’s Long Knives”, in the Pacific Theater of Operations attacking the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands. A separate invasion force fought a hard battle on the Island of Attu and by the time the 1st S.S.F. invaded the island of kiska the Japanese had evacuated and the invasion became a training exercise. After the Aleutian Island campaign the Force was transferred to the Mediterranean Theatre of Opera tions to participate in the Italian Campaign. It was in the Italian mountains that their reputation was won. The Force participated in the Maples-Foggia campaign attacking Mount La Difensa by scaling cliffs that the Germans had thought were unapproachable. This flanking attack and the suicidal fight that followed won the Force the reputation for doing the impossible and achieving victory in the face of overwhelming odds. Continuing battles in the Italian mountains depleted the Forces strength down to less than 1000 men. At this point they were assigned a reserve mission near Naples were they absorbed 250 replacements. The next assignment for the Force was ANZIO. While at Anzio the Force held a division sized sector or one quarter of the defense perimeter. During their 98+ days in the Anzio Beachhead the Force through continuous attack’s and night patrols against the enemy actually moved the front lines back up-to 2 miles distant. It was during this assignment that they earned their nickname “Devils Brigade”, and their motto, “Das Dicke Ende Kommit Noch” or “The worst is yet to come”, for their night reconnaissance missions and continual harassment of the enemy. Also during this time the Force received replacements from the decimated Ranger Battalions formerly under the Command of Colonel Darby who formed and commanded the 1st, 3rd and 4th Ranger’s. These unites were nearly wiped out at the Battle of Cisterna di Littoria along the Anzio perimeter, the largest number of Rangers came from the 4th Battalion with a few from the 1st and 3rd. The Rangers were considered to be the only unit quali fied to join the Force due to their high level of specialized training. After their time at the Mussolini Canal, the Force was chosen to spearhead the drive to Rome. Elements of the Force were the First Allied Troops in to the Eternal City capturing the bridges over the Tiber River running through
The next mission for the Force was the invasion of Southern France. The Force was assigned to take two islands, Ile de Port-Cros and Ile du levant of the Iles d’Hyeres Group. Both islands were garrisoned by the Germans and contained radar and coastal gun emplacements that could in-danger the landings. After taking both objectives, the Force was reunited with General Frederick. (who had left the Force as Commander to create the First Airborne Task Force for the invasion of Southern France), and fought the Germans to the Franco-Italian Maritime Alps. The Force was officially disbanded at 1400 on 5 December 1944. Canadians in the Force left on that day, 37 Officers and 583 other ranks, 8 U.S. Officers and 345 enlisted joined the 82nd and 101st Airborne. The First Special Service Force was redesignated on 6 January 1945 as the 474th Infantry Regiment, (separate), with Colonel Edwin Walker in command. The 474th Infantry Regiment consisted of: 684 Officers and men from the original 1st S.S.F., 434 Officers and men from the 1st, 3rd and 4th Ranger Battalions, 900 Officers and men of the 99th Infantry Battalion, (made up of Norwegian Ameri cans), 156 Officers and men of the 552nd antitank company and 1,064 Infantry replacements to the First Special Service Force and the 474th Regiment. On 1 April 1945 the 474th joined the U.S. Third Army and following in the wake of Third Army’s advance the 474th carried out security missions until V-E Day, 7 May. On 9 May the 474th joined Task Force A to move to Norway to undertake the disarming and repatriation of some 3000,000 German troops. The 474th departed Norway aboard the Victory Ship “Do minican Victory” arriving in New York on 25 October 1945. Gary Adkins is the co of First special Service Force 6th CO, 3rd REG (HRS) www.fssf6-3.com
Motion Picture Cameraman from the 167th Signal Photo Company (HRS) line up some transportation to the "front". 65th Battle of the Bulge Commemoration, Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA, January 2010. Photo by Troy Antoine LaFaye, 167th SPC (HRS)
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