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I really should organize this better, but I have been delinquent in getting it posted at all, so...

What to Expect
Ostwind is more of a training and period camping event than our usual airsoft games.  The emphasis will be on acquiring new skills and realistic patrolling over BB slinging.  We will be playing on around two square miles, so your patrol might never see the enemy, assuming there is even any enemy to see.

You will be in the field for 48 hours.  Do not plan on returning to your vehicles during this time.  At game-on we will march 1-2 miles to the patrol base from which we will stage the event.  This will be one movement to battle; we will not be making multiple trips.  Everyone will have to carry all their own gear and may be tasked with carrying additional squad gear as well (field phones, etc.).  This is the real reason we are not dragging out stoves and officer tents and the like.  Whatever goes into the field is doing so on someone's back.  Keep this in mind when deciding what you really need to bring.  Most gear will be stashed at the patrol base for much of the time.  You will not be required to carry 50 pounds of stuff for two days.  Field exercises will be performed wearing pretty much what we wearing during normal MOA events.

The early part of the event will be primarily training.  We will also conduct reconnaissance and terrain familiarization patrols.  Since most of us have never been to this location, we want to take advantage of that fact to go in "blind."  This is why we have not posted a map of the field.  We will be building up a picture of the area and using it to plan later operations.

The later part of the event will focus more on practical patrolling.  Small groups will be sent into the field with specific objectives.  Your patrol is hostile to all others.  Other patrols may or may not be in the field at the same time.

There is no medic system at this event.  When struck by a BB, cry out, fall to the ground and don your dead rag.  Remain in place until the engagement is over and the enemy has moved away.  Dead players can be searched.  Dead player should return to the patrols base via the least disruptive route possible.  They will remain dead until respawned by an event coordinator.

Water
Everyone needs at least one canteen.  Two is recommended, both to increase your capacity and to allow you to keep water on your person while giving an empty one to a teammate for a refill.  There is running water at the parking lot, so we will send sustainment patrols to refill canteens as needed.  Players should not have to be carrying a full two days of water when we step off.  If you are super paranoid, you may hide a 1-liter bottle or equivalent in your ruck.  Keep in mind any additional water you may want for cooking.

Food
Everyone will need period food for 48 hours.  If you want to print off period labels for your stuff, that is great.  If you just want to remove the modern labels from some canned goods (preferably not pop-top) and remove some crisp bread from its box, that is fine too.  Most of this can be left in your ruck at the patrol base, but everyone should be carrying an iron ration (one meal) at all times.  Put those bread bags to the use for which they were intended.  There will be no meal breaks; you may need to eat in the field.  Obviously you will also need the ability to eat your rations so bring mess kits, can openers, eating utensils, etc. as necessary.  Conditions permitting we will have a fire.  Esbit stoves or equivalents are recommended in case that does not pan out.  If people want we can organize a more elaborate squad meal.  I will be bringing a tube of erbswurst.

Sleeping
Everyone will need period gear for two nights in the woods.  What exactly that means is up to your comfort level.  Recommended gear is shelter, a ground cloth and a warmth layer.  I, for example, am planning to bring half a tent (two zelts), my great coat and a wool blanket.  If you are fine sleeping under the stars on a bed of leaves (weather permitting) that is your call.  There will be a fire (and fire watch) conditions permitting.  No modern tents, sleeping bags, etc.  Post-war USGI shelter halves (with snaps rather than buttons) are acceptable.

Airsoft Gear
As Troy mentioned elsewhere, bio BBs only.  You should not need as many of them as you do for a McCoy or Neillsville event; there will be a lot less shooting.  Whenever you can hide this year in your ruck (German gas mask can work well too).  You will not be taking speed loaders and loose BBs on patrol.  In the event of a heavy firefight, you will have to be mindful of your ammunition.

Eye protection will be required at all times when a patrol is in the field.

What Should I Be Doing Now?
*Figure out how you are going to wear all your gear for the road march.  This is not something you should be figuring out at the event.  Put on everything and jump up and down a few times to make sure it stays in place.
*Know how to use all your equipment in advance.  After dark is not the ideal time to be figuring out how to button two zelts together.  If you are bringing more than one, it may be a good idea to button them together beforehand.
*Coordinate sleeping arrangements.  If you are bringing half a tent, make sure there is another player with the matching half.  For zelts, you might want to make sure they are compatible as well.
*Mark all of your gear in some way.  If we send one guy on a water run with 10 canteens, you may want an easy way to figure out which ones are yours.
*If you are missing anything, let us know!  Troy has spare zelt tents and canteens.  Chances are we can scrounge up whatever you might be missing.


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Also, don't forget some toilet paper or wipes if you prefer and a shovel.

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Also, don't forget some toilet paper or wipes if you prefer and a shovel.

Yes.  This is also why you need an entrenching tool: to bury your waste.

As an additional reference, here are the equipment requirements for Central War Gaming events.  Obviously we have different weapons and uniforms, but the stuff we need to live in the field for a few days are the same.
http://centralwar.com/equipment/
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A very small first aid kit for yourself.

5-6 band aids
fingernail clippers
pain reliever (Advil or Tylenol)  
anti itch cream for bug bites
sun screen if you burn easy

Bug & Tick spray
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Night temperatures are forecast down to 35F.  Keep in mind how this will affect batteries and green gas if you will be using them.
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Something else to do before the event:  test fit your footwear with the socks you plan to wear, then walk a couple miles in the combo.  You will be walking a lot, so make sure your feet are comfortable the entire time.

I just tried wearing my (loaded) rucksack via the D-rings on the Y-straps, which did not work well at all.  I recommend using the standalone straps if you have them.
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I can second the straps.  If you don't have straps, they were commonly field made (possibly all were field made, I'm not sure if they produced straps) so making your own out of spare equipment straps or rope is a-ok.

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And to reiterate:  try on everything at the same time!  A loaded bread bag and loaded rucksack do not like to play nice since the Germans wear their equipment belts so high.  Figure out your exact configuration now, not 15 minutes before we step off.  Also expect Troy and I to make you jump up and down/run around a bit to make sure all your equipment is stowed securely.  A weapon sling is very handy, even if you usually play without one.  You might need both hands to carry something.  Never be without your weapon.

It would also be wise to have a small repair kit (string, wire, sewing kit, etc.) to make field repairs as necessary.
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